18 May 2012

Tanzania: Kikwete Discusses Nutrition With Top U.S. Officials

Washington — PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete, who arrived here on Wednesday evening, on Thursday participated in a discussion on improving nutrition with the US Senate's Assistant Majority Leader, Senator Dick Durbin.

The discussions at Capitol Hill also featured President Barack Obama's Special Assistant, Mr Gayle Smith, Senior Director of the US National Security Council Beverly Oda and USAID Executive Director, Mr Rajiv Shah.

Mr Kikwete later attended a focused meeting on the Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) engagement with Tanzania. The MCC has committed 698 million US dollars to finance a range of development projects in the country under a three-year package ending next year.

Tanzania is lobbying for the second phase of funding to cover water supply and infrastructure development projects for a number of mainland regions and Zanzibar.

The president is accompanied by agriculture ministers for the Union and Zanzibar governments, Mr Christopher Chiza and Suleiman Nyanga, respectively. He is on Saturday scheduled to participate in a symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, to be opened by President Obama.

The meeting, organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, is expected to hear announcements of new commitments for African agriculture by developed countries and international organizations.

President Kikwete and the AU Chairman, Dr Boni Yayi, Ghana's President John Atta Mills and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi will brief G8 leaders on Africa's efforts to attain food self-sufficiency and eliminate malnutrition at Camp David on Saturday.

The African leaders are expected to urge the rich nations to commit the requisite resources to implement plans drawn up by African countries to bring about food security and alleviate poverty.

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