Tanzania and the European Union to cooperate on digital for development

(Source: EEAS)

Dodoma, 18 May 2022 – The Ministry of Information, Communication and Information Technology (MICIT), the European Union Delegation to Tanzania, and representatives from different European development agencies gathered today to discuss the Europe-Tanzania digital partnership in the framework of Innovation Week Tanzania 2022.

The Ministry of Information, Communication and Information Technology (MICIT), the European Union Delegation to Tanzania, and representatives from different European development agencies gathered today to discuss the Europe-Tanzania digital partnership in the framework of Innovation Week Tanzania 2022. During the side event “Navigating through Data Protection and Cyber Security for Digital Innovation: Takeaways from the EU and Tanzania”, participants learned from each other’s experiences and plans on data protection, cybersecurity, and digital single markets.

The event was facilitated by Enabel, the Belgian development agency, in its capacity as implementing partner of the African Union-European Union (AU-EU) Digital for Development (D4D) Hub, a project that brings together the European Union and five of its Member States to leverage expertise and resources to advance digital cooperation with African partners.

“For the European Union, this event marked an important milestone towards a stronger partnership with Tanzania in the digital sector. We hope that it will be the first step in a permanent dialogue where we can exchange and work together in our common ambition to boost the country’s digital economy to support Tanzanian citizen’s’ well-being,” said H.E. Manfredo Fanti, EU Ambassador to Tanzania and the East African Community.

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The European Union recently launched the project “Digital4Tanzania: e-Governance Support Programme” which aims to contribute to the digital transformation impact on Tanzania’s inclusive economic growth and citizens’ wellbeing. With a budget of EUR 35M (90.66 billion TZS), its specific objectives include:

  1. Digital government: improving the digital economy and the use of e-government and e-services.
  2. Inclusive connectivity: increasing accessible and equitable connectivity services in rural and peri-urban areas, in particular for social services.
  3. Digital trade support: developing the fintech sector and innovation ecosystems in the country and the region.

The project will be jointly implemented by the MICIT, EU Member States and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) from 2022 to 2026.

These actions form part of the Global Gateway, a new European strategy to boost smart, clean, and secure links in digital, energy, and transport sectors and to strengthen health, education, and research systems across the world. In Tanzania, the European Union has announced an investment package of EUR 426 million (TZS 1.1 trillion) to support quality infrastructure, the digital agenda, and empowerment of women and girls.

About the AU-EU D4D Hub

The African Union – European Union (AU-EU) Digital for Development (D4D) Hub supports African institutions to create an enabling environment for an inclusive digital transformation. The project provides demand-driven technical assistance, promotes knowledge sharing, and facilitates dialogues.

The AU-EU D4D Hub is a Team Europe project, co-funded by the European Union and jointly implemented by eight European organisations. It is part of the D4D Hub, an EU-led platform that creates and leverages partnerships to shape a sustainable digital future worldwide.

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