On Friday 1st April 2022, H.E. Ambassador Baraka Luvanda paid a visit to Obara Kyogo Co. Ltd at the company’s premises in Tokyo. He was warmly welcomed by the Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Nanako Akiyama. The visit was a follow up on the company's courtesy call to the Embassy on 17th February 2022. 

Ambassador Luvanda along with Embassy representatives were introduced to the company’s long work experience and were taken through a brief presentation about the company’s profile. Obara Kogyo Co. Ltd invests mainly in the manufacture and distribution of the prosthetics and orthotics for the artificial limb that are highly regarded overseas. As for the case of Tanzania, the company has made a significant contribution to the medical equipment with more than eight million (80) Tanzanian shillings which were denoted to the Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute (MOI) in 2020. It has now expressed its plan to invest in Tanzania by opening a factory for prosthetics goods and appliances. 

In his remarks, Ambassador Luvanda expressed his gratitude and hope that the company will soon implement its investment plan, noting that Tanzania is a better place with a strong market base as well as a better investment environment supported by sound policies, legal and institutional framework. He also assured the company that they have the support of the Embassy in making this important project a success in Tanzania. He added that the company’s initiative will not only help bring hope to the victims of accidents, but it will also enable them to resume their normal lives and to be able to contribute to the national welfare.  

Speaking on behalf of the company, Ms. Akiyama thanked Ambassador Luvanda for accepting the invite to visit and for his assured support for the company to invest in Tanzania. She pledged to take up her plan to invest in Tanzania as a matter of utmost priority. She further confirmed to Ambassador Luvanda that the company would produce products at affordable prices so that everyone can afford. In her words, “by combining Japanese technology with the manpower and resources available in Tanzania, we can make our products at affordable prices for all,” she said.