Dar es Salaam. The World Bank has reiterated its commitment to disburse $300 million (Sh680.5 billion) to fund implementation of various projects in education sector.
This was revealed in a statement, which was signed by the Director of Presidential Communication, Mr Gerson Msigwa.
According to the statement, the commitment was reaffirmed by the World Bank Vice President, Mr Hafez Ghanem, during his talks with President John Magufuli at the State House held yesterday.
The money will be used to improve the quality of education by constructing laboratories, construction of teachers’ houses, classrooms, dormitories as well purchasing teaching equipment.
According to Dr Ghanem, apart from the grant, the World Bank will continue to fund implementation of other projects to the tune of Sh13 trillion.
For his part, President Magufuli reassured the World Bank of Tanzania’s commitment to continue cooperation with the bank.
“I thank the World Bank for their continued support to Tanzania because there are some people who don’t wish us well,” the President was quoted as saying in the statement.
Finance and Planning ministry’s permanent secretary Doto James mentioned some of the projects, which are funded by the World Bank in the country as improvement of Dar es Salaam port, construction of Ubungo interchange and construction of the Dar Rapid Transport, to name but a few.
The meeting was also attended by the Foreign Affairs minister, Dr Augustine Mahiga, justice and constitution affairs minister Prof Palamagamba Kabudi, minister for Education, Science and Technology Prof Joyce Ndalichako, Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu as well as Bella Bird, the country’s director for Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi and Somalia.