DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA - The Japanese Government has donated some US$ 1.35 million (equivalent to Tsh 2.9 billion) for Tanzania's HIV/AIDS control and the provision of facilities for the Ngorongoro visitors' centre.
The Ngorongoro project for the improvement of display and audiovisual equipment for the visitors' centre at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is worth $560,000.
Speaking during the occasion of the exchange of notes in Dar es Salaam, the Japanese Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Hiroshi Nakagawa, said the assistance will help promote the health and welfare of Tanzanians, and further development of the country's tourism sector.
Most Japanese 's assistance to Tanzania has been in areas of agriculture, infrastructure and governance, health and culture.. "I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that Japan will further engage in assisting Tanzania in all possible sectors," Nakagawa noted.
Nakagawa has promised to further promote Japanese investments in Tanzania, which he believed would be beneficial for both Tanzania and Japan, in business terms. "I further hope to enhance public-private-partnership projects in Tanzania with the Government of Japan and the Japanese business sector," he explained.
The envoy said Tanzania has world class tourist destinations, citing the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti plains, Mt Kilimanjaro and Tarangire, most of which have not been fully utilised. He said the implementation of Ngorongoro Tourists Centre will attract more tourists from Japan. The latter has been source for over 4,000 tourists to Tanzania annually.