PDG Amritlal Jivraj (AMU) SHAH, RC of Dar es Salaam
North, District #: 9200
Zone 20a RGHF Board
member for Africa
AMRITLAL JIVRAJ SHAH, commonly known as AMU SHAH was born in
Mombasa Kenya on 6 November, 1941 and received primary and
secondary education in Mombasa. In1959 he joined Sydenham
College of Commerce and Economics from which he graduated in
1963 obtaining B.Com degree from the University of Bombay.
In 1966 he established a clothing industry in Dar es Salaam,
which in due course became a leading textile and garments
industry in Tanzania. The company has further embarked on a new
venture in manufacture of corrugated cartons, which is now a
major industry in packaging sector. Amu is Chairman and Managing
Director of the group.
Amu has made significant progress in public and social life and
has very many achievements to his credit as a leader, which has
made inclusion of his biography in various international
publications including WHO IS WHO IN THE WORLD. He has also been
named MAN OF DECADE and INTERNATIONAL MAN OF THE YEAR by
International Biographical Institute. In 2000 he was named one
of the OUTSTANDING PEOPLE OF THE 20TH CENTURY in
honour of outstanding contribution to Social Service by
International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England.
Amu’s involvement in public service basically began during his
educational career at Sydenham College where apart from taking
keen interest in drama, debates and charity work he served as
Secretary to Dramatic Society, Poor Students Relief Fund and was
a member of Management Committee of Students’ Union as well as
Secretary and Captain of Hostel Union. In 1962 he was bestowed
with an award for BEST ORGANISING ABILITY.
In Tanzania his achievements in public and social service are
much greater and of the various position he has served a few are
worth mentioning which include:
- Vice Chairman of Tanzania Society for the Deaf,
Tanzania Occupational Heath Service and Confederation of
- Secretary of Tanzania Cricket Association and Hindu
Council of Tanzania
- Chairman of the Textiles Manufacturers’ Association
of Tanzania and Association of Tanzania Employers.
- Trustee of Upanga Club and Shree Hindu Mandal.
- Member of Executive Council of E. A. Cricket
Conference and National Sport Council of Tanzania.
- Member of Board of Directors of International School
of Tanganyika Ltd.
- Member of Board of Director of United farming
Corporation and Household Supplies Co. Ltd.
- Member of Committee of Inquiry into National
- Member of Board of Trustees of National Provident
- Member of Committee of Private Sector of National
- Member of Steering Committee on review of
disclosures and accounting standards.
- Member of Government Task Force to review tax
- Hon. Correspondence Secretary in Tanzania of Royal
- Member of Supervisory Committee appointed by Harvard
Institute of International Development and USAID on Transparency
of Tax Policies.
- Member of Regional VAT Committee.
- Member of Minimum Wages Board.
- Member of Management Committee and Executive
Committee of EAST AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL.
Amu is a member of Chartered Management Institute, American
Management Association, The Textile Institute and a fellow of
Institute of Directors as well as life member of Society for
International Development. He has been a participant to workshop
on GLOBAL SOCIAL SECURITY CRICIUS organized by HARVARD INSTITUTE
OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT at HARVARD UNIVERSITY.
Amu has attended as a Tanzanian delegate on numerous trade
missions, EU, EAC, SADC and PTA Conference and workshops as well
as ILO Conferences. He is a member of Technical Committee on
Textiles and at the last meeting in Geneva in 1991 was elected
Chairman of Employers Group. Amu has also been a member of
ministerial visits. He also accompanied H.E. President of
Tanzania on his state visits to Kenya and Uganda.
Amu joined Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam on 14th
November, 1973 and served the club in various capacity. In
1979-80 he was transferred to Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam North
of which he was the Charter President. He served the District in
various positions including Chairman of the District Rotary
Foundation Committee and was appointed District Secretary in the
year 1979-80. He became the Governor of District 920 in the year
1984-85 and during his year as Governor he chartered 6 new
Rotary Club, 8 Rotaract Club and 4 Interact Clubs. He also
managed to achieve a 13.22% growth in membership in the district
in his year as governor.
Amu has attended 24 District Conferences, 16 International
Conventions, 4 International Institutes, 12 Zone Institute and
most of the President’s Conferences for Africa. He has conducted
4 District Rotary Foundation Seminars and made presentation on
The Rotary Foundation at various District Conferences. On many
occasions he has served as Chairman of District Rotary
Foundation Committee. He served as a representative of District
on 1992, and 2001 COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION. He has served Rotary
International as Chairman of Intercity Meeting Committee in
1985-86, Member of Organising Committee for Presidential Peace
Forum in Abidjan in 1988-89, Member of Membership Development
Task Force in 1994-95 and President of ROTARY ON STAMPS for the
year 1990-92. He was a member of Nominating Committee for R. I.
Director for ZONE 10 in 1999-2000. He has served as
presenter/moderator at various conferences and institutes.
Currently he is a Rotary Resource person on World Community
Service Resource Network.
He has also attended 5 Regional Rotary Foundation Seminars. Ever
since he joined Rotary until he was excused from attendance in
2002 he has a record of 100% attendance.
Amu is a Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor and Major Donor. He is
recipient of Citation for Meritorious Services and Distinguished
Service Award from the Rotary Foundation as well as Rotary
Service Above Self Award from Rotary International.
Amu is married to Manju who is also a Paul Harris Fellow. Amu
and Manju have two children, a Son and a Daughter.