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Japan hands over projects to southern regions today

23rd February 2012
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The Japanese government, through its embassy in the country, will hand over to leaders of southern regions various projects it supported, including buildings for the immigration and police departments.

According to a press release issued by the Japanese embassy in the country, the support projects to be handed over include office buildings, vehicles and patrol boats to be used in the Indian Ocean.

The support projects cover two office blocks to be used by immigration and police officers in Kilwa district, Lindi region, and Kilambo area in Mtwara region.

The embassy is also to hand over to Lindi district administration office premises located in Kilwa Masoko township in Kilwa district.

It explained that today it would hand over several support projects to Mtwara regional administration in Kilambo area.

The goal for the projects was to empower the two departments so they could work more efficiently, particularly in curbing an increasing wave of illegal immigrants, particularly those from Ethiopia and Somalia, the statement added.

Already, the Japanese government has helped its Tanzanian counterpart by repatriating a total of 912 illegal immigrants out of 2,327 back to their countries of origin who were being held in different prisons of Tanzania since 2009.

By the end of 2011 over 1,700 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia and Somalia had been intercepted when attempting to cross from Tanzania to Mozambique and, ultimately, into South Africa.

The Japanese government has issued a total of USD 2.4 million to the Tanzanian government for the purpose of countering the wave of illegal immigrants from the two countries.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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