EU chairs Tanzania General Budget Support group (18/08/2011)

IN May 2011 the Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania has taken the role of the lead development partner in GBS dialogue with the Tanzania government.

Speaking during a TV programme This Week in Perspective that was aired by the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC1) recently, the EU Ambassador to Tanzania, Tim Clarke described the new role as an exciting and challenging opportunity.

According to him, the aftermath of global economic crises is still heavily felt in the European economies whereby public sector financing in the EU, and other developed countries, is under even heavier scrutiny than before, and development co-operation is not saved from this scrutiny.

“Public opinion, and politicians alike, are demanding reporting on tangible results against the investments made through budget support and other aid instruments,” he said.

He noted that it is a joint responsibility of the government and the development partners to demonstrate that budget support - and implementation of government’s policy agenda can deliver pro-poor growth and make a tangible contribution towards achievement of MDGs.

All GBS development partners share this key objective, he added.

Since Financial Year 2009/10 the following are GBS disbursements;

2009/10: USD 755 million/approx EUR 540 million
2010/11: USD 534 million/approx EUR 380 million
2011/12: USD 452 million/approx EUR 320 million


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Minister of Finance, Prof. Mustafa Nkulo (right) chatting with the EU Ambasador to Tanzania Tim Clarke (left) soon after reading the Budget Speech before the Parliament in Dodoma on June 8. Centre is Stefan Schleuning Head of the Economics, Governance and Regional Integration Section of the Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania. Photo: Emmanuel Kihaule, Delegation of EU to Tanzania