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China is a friend in need and a friend indeed of Tanzania

On 23 August 2019, a donation ceremony was held in Prime Minister’s Office, Dar es Salaam. The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, together with the Chinese Contractors Association and Chinese community in Tanzania, handed over a donation of 8 million Tsh to the Tanzanian Government for the victims of the recent oil tanker explosion accident in the Morogoro region. Ms. Dorothy Mwaluko, Permanent Secretary in Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Xu Chen, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy, and representatives from Chinese Contractors Association and Chinese community attended the ceremony.

Mr. Xu Chen said that after the accident, President Xi Jinping sent a message to President John Pombe Magufuli, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people, to extend profound condolences to the bereaved families as well as sincere sympathies to the injured. Sharing the sorrow with the Tanzanian people, the Chinese companies and community in Tanzania have donated and raised a fund to help the injured get full and early recovery. Mr. Xu stressed that, based on the long-lasting friendship between China and Tanzania, the Chinese people are always ready to join hands with the Tanzanian people to support each other and to prevail in face of any kind of challenges and difficulties.

Ms. Dorothy Mwaluko, on behalf of the Tanzanian Government and people, thanked the Chinese Government and people for selfless assistance to Tanzania and praised China as a friend in need and a friend indeed of Tanzania. She pledged that the Tanzanian Government would make full use of the donation for the treatment of the injured. Meanwhile, to prevent similar accidents in the future, the Tanzanian Government is working on the enhancement of accident and disaster management mechanism, and would engage with all the stakeholders, to promote safety awareness of the Tanzanian people,and ultimately, to build a safer environment for all the Tanzanian.

An oil tanker overturned and later exploded in Morogoro region on 10 August 2019. Up to date, more than 100 people have died and dozens of the injured are still being hospitalized.

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