Boosting ties: India offers millions but Tanzania wants more

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  1. Parthy

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    India on Friday wooed Tanzania with a delectable goody bag of grants that ran into millions of dollars.

    Tanzania wants more Indian investments in agri, health, edu and IT and communication sectors.
    But the East African nation remained unimpressed and pressed for larger investments from its "traditional partner". Manmohan Singh, currently on a three- day visit to Tanzania, unveiled a handsome grants package for the nation. This included $ 191 million in lines of credit and grants for a slew of development projects and a 300-bed hospital to be set up in capital Dar es Salaam. The superspecialty facility will be set up by Apollo Hospitals within the next two years.

    Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete expressed hope that Apollo could set up five more hospitals in his country in the future.

    Two more pacts were signed after wide- ranging talks between Singh and Kikwete. The two nations signed a double taxation avoidance agreement to promote investment, besides another pact to promote development of small-scale industries in Tanzania and India.

    But Kikwete sought more support from New Delhi to boost its economy and social sector, describing the $ 1.3- billion investment by India till now as "too little". " India has surplus capital.

    Tanzania wants more Indian investments in agriculture, health, education and IT and communication sectors," Kikwete said.

    The PM agreed with his host. "India is ready to partner Tanzania in its nation- building efforts.

    We will focus on areas such as agriculture, small and medium industries, healthcare and human resource development.

    Indian investment and technology can help Tanzania become an industrial and technological hub of East Africa and its engine of growth." With piracy in the Indian Ocean region emerging as deadly a threat as terrorism, India and Tanzania - both victims of the menace - on Friday also vowed to jointly combat the scourge.

    The two nations decided to strengthen intelligence-sharing mechanism and share real time inputs on a regular basis to combat the pirates in the region.

    Addressing a joint press meet, Kikwete said: " Tanzanian Navy recently thwarted 27 attacks in its territorial waters. We seek support from Indian naval ships deployed in the Gulf of Aden to assist us." Singh said: " We have very similar concerns in the area of peace and security.

    Terrorism and piracy are two major problems we both face. We have decided to intensify consultations and coordination to combat such threats."

    With love from Delhi

    • $191 million in lines of credit and grants for development projects
    • This includes $ 180 million for water supply projects in Tanzania, $ 10 million for capacitybuilding projects in the social & educational sectors and $ 1 million for development
    • A 300- bed hospital to be set up by the Apollo group in Dar es Salaam
    • India and Tanzania have also signed a double taxation avoidance agreement to promote greater investment
    • A pact to promote small- scale industries has also been signed

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