India extended a Line of Credit of USD 92 million to Tanzania in the water resources sector, one of the five agreements between the countries.
On the third leg of his four-nation tour of Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli “agreed to deepen our overall defence and security partnership, especially in the maritime domain”.
“India’s cooperation with Tanzania will always be as per your needs and priorities,” Modi said at a joint press interaction after his bilateral meeting with President Magufuli.
The line of credit will help improve Zanzibar’s water supply system.
Other agreements signed include an MoU on water resource management and development, MoU for establishment of vocational training centre at Zanzibar, MoU on visa waiver for diplomatic/official passport holders and an agreement between National Small Industries Corporation of India and Small Industries Development Organisation Tanzania.
Water projects are at the centre of the agreements between India and Tanzania. Modi said that the two countries are working on water projects for 17 cities in Tanzania.
“For this India is willing to consider an additional USD 500 million line of concessional credit,” he said.
India will also supply medicines and equipment for improving the healthcare system of the country.
“I am told that an Indian radio-therapy machine is being installed at Bugando medical centre to treat cancer patients,” he said.
Tanzania will export pulses to India. The two countries will cooperate in the development and use of natural gas.
One of the highlights of the PM’s Tanzania tour was his meeting with a group of “Solar Mamas” – women of developing nations trained in harnessing solar energy at the Barefoot College at Tilonia village in Ajmer, Rajasthan.