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Partnership of the Asian African Heritage Trust with the Tanzania Asian Development Association (TADA)

The Tanzania Asian Development Association (TADA) was set up in 2011 after a careful and long deliberation spread over the preceding two years. It draws upon the community’s huge and rich history within the national Tanzanian heritage over the past two hundred years. Two strands shaped its formation and, now, its activities - a need to address concerns affecting the community in a collective and co-ordinated fashion, and bring to an end disjointed and ad hoc approaches. Secondly, the increasing need for the community to re-examine its history and its place within the heritage of Tanganyika and Zanzibar and present day Tanzania, its identity as Tanzanians and its views of itself. TADA thus looks at both the practical aspects of issues facing the community as well as the broader national context as Tanzanians of the past and the future.

Activities have included participation in Peace and Tolerance activities with national and international bodies and being invited to submit views on the proposed new Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania. An Indian Ocean focus has been reflected in TADA’s paper at the conference on the Indian Diaspora at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi this year. At home, TADA’s Disaster Rapid Response Team was part of the rescue operation following the collapse of a Dar-es-Salaam 16-storey building which killed 36 persons. TADA has been assisting in the recording of Tanzanian writers, present and past, for inclusion in the Select Bibliography of Asian African Writing. Important future activities include participating in an Exhibition at the National Museum in Dar-es-Salaam.


Elected / Nominated at the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 06 July 2013 at the Crystal Room of New Africa Hotel

Office Bearers:

Elected Directors:

Shabir Abji, Ramesh Patel, Bharat Ruparelia, Murtaza Habib, Shiraz RashidVinoo Somaiya, Kumail Manji, Yogesh Manek

Patron Members’ Representatives / Nominated Directors:

Amin Janmohammed- H.H. Prince Agakhan Shia lmami lsmaili Council of Tanzania, Abbas Jessa- Khoja Shia Ithna Ashery Jamaat- Dar es Salaam, Shabbir Zavery- Anjuman E Saifee (Bohra Jamaat), Rajesh Mistry- Shree Hindu Mandal- Dar es Salaam, Dr. Nazir Arab- United Kutchi Sunni Muslim Jamaat, Dr. Kulbir Gupta - Sikh Council of Tanzania, Savio Fernandes- St. Xavier Society (Goan Community)