DAR-ES-SALAAM, The government of India has signed a contract valued at 268.35 million US dollars with Tanzania's Ministry of Water and Irrigation for a project to improve water supply projects in Tabora Region (Province) in west-central Tanzania.

The agreement, which was signed by Minister of Water and Irrigation Gerson Lwenge and Indian Deputy High Commissioner (ambassador) to Tanzania Robert Shetkintong, is aimsed at benefitting the districts of Tabora, Igunga and Nzega.

Lwenge thanked the government of India for its assistance to Tanzania, especially in the water supply sector. He said the project would improve the lives of the people in the region in an area which is of high priority to the Government of Tanzania.

The water project in Tabora, Nzega and Igunga will involve construction of a water pumping station, water treatment plant, water transmission pipelines and water distribution network over the next two and a half years, he explained.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Regional Commissioner of Tabora, Aggrey Mwanri, several Members of Parliament, and representatives of the regional administration.

Shetkintong told the gathering that India and Tanzania enjoyed longstanding, friendly and strong relations politically, economically and socially. According to him, India was the largest trading partner for Tanzania last year and this country's exports to India constituted nearly 20 per cent of Tanzania's total exports.

He said when the Indian Prime Minister visited Tanzania in July 2016 and met Tanzanian President John Magufuli, the two leaders identified the water sector as an important area for co-operation in the coming years, adding that India was considering further assistance and partnership in the water sector in Tanzania.

The Indian Deputy High Commissioner said an Indian Company WAPCOS will be the project management consultant, while the contractual work will be executed by M/s Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited, L&T Constructions/Sriram EPC and Afcons Infrastructure Limited/ SMC Infrastructure Private Limited.