DAR ES SALAAM, March 16 (Xinhua) -- A senior UN official said on Thursday the global agency was seeking to raise more than 1.3 billion U.S. dollars to finance its second phase development plan for Tanzania.
Alvaro Rodrigues, the UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania, said the plan called United Nations Development Assistance Plan II (UNDAP II) focused on health, democratic governance and gender equality, among others.
Rodrigues told the press in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam that the plan, whose implementation started in June last year, will cover five years.
He said despite the challenges in the course of implementing the plan, the UN remained optimistic that it would realize targets set in the plan.
He said during implementation of UNDAP I, the UN faced a number of challenges including poor enabling environment, capacity and financial constraints as well as data challenges.
"By working together with the government and local communities, we are hopeful of resolving the challenges and meeting the targets," said Rodrigues.
He said: "UNDAP is the first single coherent plan for the whole of the UN in Tanzania. Some 87 percent of its planned budget (in UNDAP I) was successfully mobilized and delivered while 97 percent of its outcomes and targets were also completed or partially completed."
Meanwhile, Rodriguez told the journalists that the UN team in the country will continue to engage the government over issues pertaining to media operations.