The MoU was signed by Zanzibar Finance and Planning Minister, Mohamed Ramia Abdiwawa and Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi—ADFD Director General.
The funds, apart from rehabilitating Wete referral hospital, will be used to improve Zanzibar’s healthcare sector, improve the efficiency of healthcare services and develop the capacities of local medical personnel.
The Minister commended UAE for continued support in improving the Isle’s health sector.
Ambassador Abdiwawa said: “We value your support to our health sector. The funds you have provided will help improve provision of health services in the Isles as well as strengthen the existing historical relationship between Zanzibar and UAE”.
"Our government seeks to strengthen development cooperation with the UAE and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to boost economic growth, especially in sectors vital to sustainable development”, he noted.
Mewnahile, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi said the MoU articulates the active role of the UAE and ADFD in promoting sustainable development. He said ADFD supports various development programmes prioritised by Zanzibar government to improve the region’s healthcare sector and accelerate sustainable development.
He added: “Wete referral hospital will be uplifted to the highest international healthcare standards to ensure the delivery of necessary medical services to the people of Pemba. The hospital will be provided with the latest medical equipment to contribute to improving the efficiency of healthcare and treatment services."
"ADFD and the government of Tanzania have built an excellent partnership over years. Through financing various strategic projects, ADFD plays a significant role in the sustainable development of Tanzania. The rehabilitation of Wete hospital in Pemba Island will go a long way in the provision of high-quality medical treatment for the local population in the Zanzibar region”, said ADFD Director General.
The outstanding relations between ADFD and the government of Tanzania date back to 1977. Since then, the Fund has earmarked a lot of funds towards the development of four projects serving key sectors including industry, transport and water.
Signing of the MoU follows President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein’s visit in UAE in January 2018. He was invited by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.