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    Tanzania has criticised Japan for not adopting a more positive policy on economic aid. The?

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    Tanzania has criticised Japan for not adopting a more positive policy on economic aid. The criticism was made in Dar as Salaam on 16 February, by the Minister for Finance and Planning, Ndugu Edwin Mtei, during a meeting with a 27-man Japanese Trade delegation. Ndugu Mtei said although Japan was one of the tree economic powers in the world its aid was not "easily forthcoming". Later the delegation toured the Japanese Matsushita Electric Company.

    SYNOPSIS: The trade delegation visited the Japanese factory after they had received the unexpected criticism from the Tanzanian Government. Finance and planning Minister Mtei had emphasised that one of the principal tasks of the four day tour would be to identify the reasons for the slow development of bilateral economic ties.

    Although the Matsushita Electric Company employs Tanzanians it seems the government wants more direct evidence of economic good intentions. Delegation leader, Fumihiko Kono admitted his country's procedures for processing credit was cumbersome but insist ed that applied not only top outsiders but 'to institutions with Japan itself. Mr. Kono, who is chairman of the Japan Federation of Economic Organisation, said one of the reasons for aid problems was Japan's involvement in South-East Asian countries damaged during the Second World War, but he admitted future considerations would have to be directed at helping non-white countries in Africa. The delation was also expected to call on President Nyerere whom Mr Kono described as the "conscience of Africa". But it is understood the meeting did not take place as scheduled.

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