UK Minister Rory Stewart announces £350 million for development in Tanzania

The United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Africa, Rory Stewart MP has visited Tanzania to see how the UK is helping to improve education and health services, and boost jobs and prosperity in the country.

Rory Stewart posed for a selfie during his visit to Tanzania. Photo: Twitter/UKinTanzania

During his visit (22nd and 23rd of August) the Minister announced that the UK government has dedicated almost £350 million ($450 million) to help build a more secure and prosperous Tanzania over the next three years.

This support will help to strengthen businesses and trade, which will create more jobs for young Tanzanians. Additionally, the UK will also support the Government of Tanzania to improve education and health services, provide access to clean water, as well as fight organized crime and corruption.

The announcement was made during Minister Stewart’s visit to State House where he met with President John Magufuli and discussed how Tanzania and the UK work together for shared future prosperity.

Speaking at State House, Minister Stewart said: “I am very excited to be in Tanzania and to witness the great strides that the country is making in education, providing access to clean water, fighting crime and stamping out corruption. As a key investor and development partner, the UK is committed to supporting the Government of Tanzania to boost economic growth and investment; improve the quality of basic services; and fight organized crime and corruption.”

Minister Stewart also visited various projects supported by the UK Government.

Rory Stewart in Tanzania
Rory Stewart visits a family planning clinic in Kimara. Photo: Twitter/UKinTanzania

These included seeing how the UK is strengthening education services at Mkoani Primary School and improving healthcare at a nearby health facility.

Visits to the Port of Dar es Salaam and Songas Power Plant showed the minister how UK aid was being used to strengthen trade and infrastructure.

Rory Stewart at Songas Plant
Rory Stewart visits the Songas plant. Photo: Twitter/HCSarahCooke

He also met with business and civil society leaders and enjoyed a nyama choma lunch with young Tanzanians. Speaking after the lunch, Mr. Stewart said: “Young people are the key to unlocking Tanzania’s potential. The UK is committed to investing in Tanzania’s next generation through our support to education, and our work creating jobs and boosting businesses, in addition to programmes run through the British Council and our prestigious Chevening Scholarships.”

Tanzania was Minister Stewart’s last stop in his 7 day visit to the Eastern Africa Region. Before visiting Tanzania, the Minister visited Ethiopia and Somalia, to see how the UK is providing lifesaving humanitarian aid to millions of people at risk of starvation.

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