TAMIL NADU

Tanzanian Minister's pat for RWH scheme

PONDICHERRY SEPT. 26. The Tanzanian Finance Minister, Basil P. Mramba, today paid tributes to the formulation and adoption of the rainwater harvest scheme by the Tamil Nadu Government and said that this was an excellent programme that would go a long way to eradicate poverty.

Addressing newspersons at the chamber of the Pondicherry Education Minister, K. Lakshminarayanan, whom he met out of courtesy during his visit here, Mr. Mramba said the rainwater harvest scheme was an ideal system and was involving less investment. "I wish I could adopt it in my country," he said referring to the highlights of the scheme.

The Education Minister told the Tanzanian Minister that in Pondicherry also the rainwater harvest scheme was mandatorily made a part of the approval of plans of new buildings.

He said that he wanted to see for himself during his visit to Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry the approach of the Government of India in tackling poverty and also programmes implemented to mobilise savings and formation and management of self-help groups.

Asserting that Tanzania offered lot of scope for investments by entrepreneurs from India and particularly from Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry in agriculture, tourism, hotel, manufacturing and agriculture, Mr. Mramba said that leather industry was the most vibrant field where investments could be made abundantly in Tanzania. The basic technology in promoting these fields in Tanzania was available in India. Cashew nut processing was another field where the technology `from this part of India' could be of help in Tanzania. He said that the promotion of these activities would also enable his government to register a higher economic growth rate in Tanzania which now stood at 6.2 per cent per annum. Tanzania was a gateway to Central South and Eastern Africa.

Stating that processing of the tanzanite, a precious gem abundantly available in the country, could also be another area where investment could be made so that value addition could be achieved. Export of raw gem was now banned by the Tanzanian government as the processing of the gem could be done locally and this would generate employment and raise the economy of the country.

The Tanzanian Minister said the failure of Cancun ministerial deliberations was a blessing in disguise as a balance should be maintained among the countries. He said that textile sector was another field for investors in Tanzania.

Peter E.M. Noni, Director of Economic Policy who accompanied the Minister, said the Tanzanian Investment Centre was addressing the requirements of the investors in that country.

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