Mon, Nov 7th, 2011 Mon, Nov 7th, 2011| Tanzania British Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham The British Minister for African Affairs, Mr Henry Bellingham said on Monday that his country had no plans to cut its aid toTanzania. Mr Bellingham was speaking in the wake of widespread protests against a statement by British Prime Minister David Cameron that London would reduce economic support to countries which do not guarantee comprehensive human rights, including those of homosexuals. The visiting minister, who is in the entourage of Prince Charles, told the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Mr Bernard Membe in Dar es Salaam, that Britain will continue to respectTanzania's traditions, values and customs. He said Tanzania is one of the few countries in Africa with outstanding human rights record and good governance, which is why it was among top receivers of British government aid.
Mr Membe thanked the British Minister for the reassurance and clarification on the matter. The Tanzania and Zanzibar governments have publicly rejected the condition to recognize same sex unions, saying Britain can keep its aid if it insisted on applying it. In their meeting, the two Ministers discussed escalating piracy in the Coast of East Africa and political developments in North Africa. The British Minister later left for Zambia.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles has hailed Tanzania's community-based management of fisheries resources project in Rufiji, Mafia and Kilwa, saying if sustained it would greatly contribute to environmental conservation. He said after being briefed on the project in Dar es Salaam, that he was impressed by the manner in which it was being implemented, adding that the world needs to learn from the initiative demonstrated by the Tanzanian villagers. "Paying attention to the local wisdom and local input in environmental conservation is a good thing to any sustainable project," the Prince noted. He said there was a need to build a global network to streamline the coastal conservation activities and ensure sustainable agriculture and fishery activities. The Prince of Wales also called for global alliance to help Tanzania and other poor countries in mitigating the impact of climate change.
He presented awards to Kilwa, Rufiji and Mafia districts for good use of donor fund. The project is funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the British Royal Family.
The Prince and Duchess of Cornwall, who arrived on Sunday for a three- day official tour of Tanzania, are on Tuesday scheduled to visit Zanzibar and Arusha. By ASSAH MWAMBENE
, Tanzania Daily News