On 20th May 2022, Ambassador Baraka H. Luvanda received Dr. Milanga Mwanatambwe, Africa’s Representative of Tokushukai General Incorporated Association accompanied by Mr. Takahiro Hisamatsu, Chief Executive Officer of Shinei Industries Company and Mr. Yuki Ogawa, Chief Executive Officer of ADX Co. Ltd, at the Chancery.   Embassy officers, namely, Mr. Greyson Ishengoma, Ms. Edna Chuku and Mr. Hosea Chikolongo were also in attendance. After the exchange of courtesies, Dr. Milanga thanked Ambassador Luvanda for giving an audience and for the friendly welcome. 

Dr. Milanga described in detail about the excellent work of Tokushukai General Incorporated Association formerly known as Tokushukai Medical Group which, among others, included its relationship and the long association with the University of Dodoma since 2010.  He further informed that the relationship with the University of Dodoma has enabled the Group to extend medical supply donation of 10 hemodialysis machines to the Benjamin Mkapa Hospital in February 2013.  As a result, the Group together with the experts from the hospital performed the first kidney transplant in March 2018. Since then, the kidney transplant services are ongoing in the city of Dodoma, providing these medical interventions to Tanzanians and people from the neighboring countries. 

Dr. Milanga further informed the meeting that through similar generous support, the Group has sponsored one full time Phd student, Dr. Alfred Jackson Meremo, who is about to finalize his study in South Africa. The Group is expected to further extend support to Dr. Meremo in establishing a kidney transplant specialist hospital in Tanzania. 

On his part, Ambassador Luvanda thanked the Group for their visit and for their continued support they extend to Tanzania. He said that Tanzania was currently receiving patients from neighboring countries for treatment at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute and kidney transplant services started by the Group at Benjamin Mkapa Hospital. He therefore, confirmed to the Group that whatever investment they are doing in Tanzania it will always go a long way to cater for whole of Eastern and Southern Africa region – a huge market for the Group. He also assured the Group of the stable, steady, conducive, and reliable investment environment in Tanzania. 

In his closing remarks, Ambassador Luvanda introduced to the Group one specific project that the Group may wish to consider undertaking in Tanzania. This is the project for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Arusha International Conference Centre hospital which caters for medical services to not only the locals but also to most international visitors who visit the city of Arusha. Ambassador Luvanda promised to share the project details with the Group for their scrutiny. He repeated his appreciation to the Group and pledged to work closely with them as they embark into investment in Tanzania.