For the development of Wete Hospital on Pemba Island in Zanzibar, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Zanzibar in the Federal Republic of Tanzania to provide AED37 million (US$10 million).
The MoU was signed by Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, ADFD Director-General and Mohammed Ramia Abdiwawa, Minister of Finance and Planning in the region.
This funding aims to support the healthcare sector, improve the efficiency of healthcare services and develop the capacities of local medical personnel. This will lead to treatment and healthcare services to thousands of citizens on Pemba and surrounding islands in Zanzibar.
“The MoU signed today articulates the active role of the UAE and ADFD in promoting sustainable development. ADFD supports various development programmes prioritized by the Zanzibar Government to improve the region’s healthcare sector and accelerate sustainable development.” Said, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi.
He added: “The Wete Hospital will be developed according to the highest international healthcare standards to ensure the delivery of necessary medical services to the people of Pemba in Zanzibar.”
Further he said, “The hospital will be provided with the latest medical equipment to contribute to improving the efficiency of healthcare and treatment services in the region.”
His Excellency Mohammed Ramia Abdiwawa, Minister of Finance and Planning in Zanzibar applauded the UAE's continued support for sustainable economic development in Tanzania in general and Zanzibar in particular.
He added: “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 said: “ADFD and the Government of Tanzania have built an excellent partnership over the years. ADFD plays a significant role in the sustainable development of Tanzania, by financing various strategic projects.”
“The establishment of Wete Hospital on Pemba Island will go a long way in the provision of high-quality medical treatment for the local population in the Zanzibar region. The establishment of such a healthcare facility will bring about significant advancements in the healthcare sector and improve the lives of the people of Zanzibar.” He added.
The outstanding relations between ADFD and the Government of Tanzania date back to 1977. From the time when, the Fund has held in reserve AED233 million towards the development of four projects serving key sectors including industry, transport, and water.