AfDB praises Tanzanian president on his anti-corruption crusade

Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli

Leautier praised the Tanzanian leader during talks held at State Lodge in the east African nation’s political capital Dodoma, said a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications.

“We are impressed with the fight against corruption and the improved revenue collection. The improved revenue collection will definitely help to enhance economic growth,” she said.

Since he came to power in November 2015, President Magufuli vowed to fight corruption and improve revenue collection saying improved revenue collection will also enhance provision of social services, including free education and health in the country, the second largest economy in East Africa.

President Magufuli has established a special court for prosecuting grand corruption cases. The court was in the process of starting prosecuting the cases.

The AfDB Deputy President assured President Magufuli of the bank’s continued support by extending soft loans to Tanzania.

“Tanzania is the only African country that is enjoying huge financial support from the bank through its African Development Fund,” said Leautier.

She said the AfDB will support Tanzania in energy production, industrial development, food security and improvement of social welfare.

In his remarks, President Magufuli thanked the AfDB for its contribution towards Tanzania’s development.

Magufuli appealed to the bank to continue supporting Tanzania, especially in energy production aimed at realizing the country’s industrialization drive.

The talks were attended by the AfDB Country Director for Tanzania, Tonia Kandiero and Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Finance and Planning, Ashatu Kijaji. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana