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Minister Paradis Concludes a Productive Visit to Tanzania

Paradis confirmed Canada's engagement to help create prosperity and improve health services in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/05/14 -- Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, today concluded a successful visit to Tanzania. During this last part of his African trip, Minister Paradis announced a number of new projects that will help Tanzania better manage their natural resources and create prosperity for Tanzanians.

"I conclude this trip with great hope for a bright and self-sufficient future in Tanzania," said Minister Paradis. "Throughout my visit, I was able to underline Canada's full support in encouraging sustainable economic development to create prosperity in Africa. By assisting African economies grow more sustainably, Canada is helping to reduce poverty throughout the continent."

While in Tanzania, Minister Paradis announced a number of new projects. He also participated in a maternal, newborn and child health round table event to discuss innovative approaches in health systems to advance maternal, newborn and child health in Africa. The Minister had meetings with President Jakaya Kikwete to discuss continued collaboration in advancing joint objectives such as improving the health of mothers and young children. He also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Membe; the Minister of Finance, Ms. Saada Mkuya Salum; the Minister of Energy and Minerals, Sospeter Muhongo; and the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Seif Seleman Rashidi. In addition, Minister Paradis visited two facilities that are part of Tanzania's public health and education systems supported by DFATD. The Minister then delivered keynote remarks at an event on Canada's G8 Partnership with Tanzania on transparency in the extractives sector, originally announced by the Prime Minister at last June's G8 Summit in Lough Erne.

"Canada is working to save the thousands of mothers who die during pregnancy and childbirth as well as the millions of children who die before their fifth birthday, in Africa and in many other developing regions of the world," added the Minister. "To do so, it is critical to provide life-saving interventions across the full continuum of care-from pre-pregnancy to childbirth to early childhood."

Tanzania is one of Canada's key partners in Africa. Tanzania's commitment to peace and stability, as well as its effective collaboration in Africa and on the world stage, make it an invaluable partner.

Quick Facts


--  On February 3, during his visit to South Africa, Minister Paradis
    announced Canada's support to the Energy Sector Capacity Building
    Project in Tanzania, implemented in collaboration with the World Bank.
--  Tanzania is a key partner for Canada on MNCH and one of the ten
    countries which Canada has targeted for MNCH interventions under the
    2010 Muskoka Initiative.
--  During his trip to Tanzania, Minister Paradis announced Canada's support
    to the following projects:
    --  Improving Skills Training for Employment project, Tanzania (partner:
        Association of Canadian Community Colleges)
    --  Public Financial Management Reform Program, Tanzania (partner:
        Government of Tanzania)

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--  Improving Skills Training for Employment Project

This project, implemented by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), aims to build on a new approach to skills training tailored to the needs of the workforce in Tanzania. The project will bring together government ministries, training institutes and private sector employers to identify the most critical labour shortages in the extractive and tourism sectors, and to develop skills training programs to address these needs. Around 1,200 people will benefit from this training, gaining the skills they need to join the workforce. This project is worth $13.15 million over 5 years.


--  Public Financial Management Reform Program

This contribution to a multidonor fund supporting the Tanzanian Ministry of Finance's Public Financial Management Reform Program Phase IV will focus on the transparency of budget processes, increasing revenues, improved management of cash flow and debt, the consolidation of accounting and reporting systems that comply with international standards, and improving the performance of oversight bodies, including parliamentary committees. The project will help enable more efficient allocation and effective management of the country's public financial resources. This project is worth $5 million over five years.

For more information on Canadian initiatives in Africa, please visit the DFATD website.

Contacts:
Margaux Stastny
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of International Development
and Minister for La Francophonie
819-953-6238
margaux.stastny@international.gc.ca

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
613-995-1874
media@international.gc.ca
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