UN launches $1.3 billion support to Tanzania's development plan

The United Nations in Tanzania on Friday launched a 1.3 billion U.S. dollars support to the east African nation's implementation of the second five-year development plan.

The funds will cover both Tanzania mainland and its archipelago of Zanzibar, said the UN Resident Coordinator for Tanzania, Alvaro Rodriguez in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Rodriguez said the UN's support to the July 2016-June 2021 second development plan will focus on inclusive growth, health, resilience and democratic governance.

"Human rights and gender issues will also be covered in the financial support by the UN," he said.

"Working with communities, the UN hoped to ensure that the values embodied in the global goals were a reality for all and contributed towards the development of everyone," added Rodriguez.

He said the vision of the UN was to build genuine, open, and proactive partnerships with development partners while sharing successes and challenges and jointly overcoming them to attain better implementation.

Servacius Likwelile, the east African nation's Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, said the government is committed to bringing growth, development and reducing poverty.

"This is evidenced by, among others, the allocation of 40 per cent of the budget to development for the first time, from an average of 25 per cent in previous years," he said. (Xinhua)