India’ s Prime Minister has promised up to USD180 in aid to Tanzanian initiatives and reaffirmed his government’ s support for development in Ghana during his African tour.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said during a visit to Dar es Salaam that India supported sustainable development. He pledged assistance with several development projects in Tanzania and Ghana, among them ICT-related training and infrastructure development projects.

Earlier during his tour, he said in Ethiopia that the Indian government would invest heavily in several African development initiatives.
Dr Singh said his government would provide Tanzania with a new line of credit of USD180 million. In addition, he said India would provide a fresh grant of USD10 million for capacity building projects in the social and educational sectors.

During his visit, the Prime Minister inaugurated the India-Tanzania Centre of Excellence in Information and Communication Technology. The centre is implemented by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, which carries out ICT training and research programmes.

He noted that India would provide all the help could to enable Tanzania to create a pool of world-class IT professionals. His government was also ready to cooperate with Tanzania in the field of space technology, he said.

Dr Singh also visited Ghana, where Communications Minister Haruna Iddrisu briefed him on his government’ s USD5 million ICT project to empower youth. The project includes IT hubs for training. Dr Singh highlighted India's ongoing support of such initiatives.