Zanzibar Economic Empowerment Agency


The Minister of State – President’s Office, Labour, Economy, and Investment, Hon. Sharif Ali Sharif, witnessed the handingover of the dummy cheques worth 1,476,002,500 Tanzanian Shillings to beneficiaries of the “Feed the Future-Improve Private Sector” project sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at an event held at the Golden Tulip Hotel located at Zanzibar Airport.

Speaking before handing over, Hon. Sharif expressed gratitude to the United States Government for recognizing and supporting the efforts made by the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar to ensure various measures are devised and implemented to alleviate poverty among the citizens.

Furthermore, Hon. Sharif stated that the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government will ensure that the funds are utilized to fulfill every commitment outlined in the program.

Meanwhile, the USAID Resident Director, Mr. Graig Hart, expressed satisfaction with the enthusiasm shown by the youth in demonstrating innovation in seeking alternative solutions to challenges in accessing finances.

Before this incident, the Chief Executive Officer of the Zanzibar Economic Empowerment Agency (ZEEA), Mr. Juma Burhan Mohamed, thanked the sponsors and congratulated the beneficiaries for the funds they have received. He added that, this is the result of agreements signed in April 2023 between the Government through ZEEA and USAID, where approximately 12,000 youths are expected to benefit from the Feed the Future project.

In this phase, five institutions have benefited from these funds, namely Zanzibar Cube, Chamber of Commerce, Agriedo Hub, Employment for Marginalized Community, and Southern Corridor Alliance for Agriculture.

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