7 January 2013

Tanzania: e-Government Launched in Zanzibar

Zanzibari President Ali Mohamed Shein launched the island's new e-government project during a ceremony Sunday (January 6th) in Mazizini, Tanzania's Daily News reported.

The initiative, funded in part by a 30.1-billion shilling ($19-million) loan from China, involves expanding the country's network capacities by laying new fibre-optic cables to support new health, education and tourism electronic platforms.

"We have to change to fit in the fast-growing world of information and technology," Shein said. "E-government is a milestone in our development strategies."

The launch coincides with a week of development project inaugurations in honour of Zanzibar's upcoming 49th anniversary of independence.

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