Brazil-Tanzania friendship has no limit

If memory jogs you well, you will recall that in July 2010, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva became the first Brazilian head-of-state to pay a visit to Tanzania which constituted a historic landmark in the relations between the two countries.

In retribution, within less than two years, Foreign Minister Bernard Membe (2010-now the late), Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda (2011), and President Jakaya Kikwete, in the context of the Meeting of the Open Government Partnership (2012), visited Brazil.

At this point, one can be attempted to ask-why all these visits? In a nutshell, Brazil’s cooperation with Tanzania includes initiatives in several areas. Both at the trilateral and bilateral levels, initiatives which were developed in the agricultural, health, energy, sports and child protection sectors have greatly flourished to the extent that Brazilians in Tanzania feel at home and Tanzanians vice versa . Currently, trilateral programs are being implemented in the area of food security (school meals) and promotion of decent work in the cotton sector, as well as bilateral programs to strengthen the cotton and fishing sectors in Tanzania

As Tanzania and Brazil trade and cooperation blossoms, job opportunities like Technical Assistant currently opened at the Embassy through ( is a live testimony that the friendship also helps locals to get jobs at the consulate.

In a further chat with Embassy of Brazil to Tanzania, EAC, Seychelles and Comoros Technical Cooperation Assistant William Shauri, we learn that the country offers one of the highest standards of tertiary education across South America.

He noted that at the same time, Tanzanians youth can also to exploit study opportunities in the country, whose population of over 200 million is 99.2 per cent literate.

Of the continent’s top 20 universities, eight are located in Brazil. The country was featured 22 times in the QS World University Rankings 2020, with the University of São Paulo making it into the top 200 worldwide. Created by to assess higher education institutions, QS World University Rankings measures the popularity and performance of universities all over the world. The QS Rankings are released every year and provide lists of universities based on surveys, diversity, and much more.

Elaborating, he added that, in Brazil, international students can study a wide range of subjects at bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD level, saying: “The larger universities offer many degrees in English, although you will still get plenty of chances to practice your Portuguese. Courses last between three and four years, and often include work placement or international exchange programs.”

Highlighting the opportunity for Tanzanians to study in Brazil, Mr Shauri shared the link – and for further enquiries the email, indicating that there are several opportunities one could exploit in the economic diplomacy available between the two nations.

: File photo of Brazilian Ambassador to Tanzania, Gustavo Martins Nogueira visits CCM Vice Chairman, Abdulrahman Kinana for talks at CCM Lumumba Small Office in Dar es Salaam in June, 2023.

“Portuguese is the mother tongue in Brazil, and is universally spoken across the country. Tanzanian young professionals could enhance their expertise and benefit from the stimulating academic environment that characterizes advanced education in the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) country.”

Shedding light on some of the benefits local farmers are realizing as a result of Tanzania-Brazil ongoing technical cooperation projects, he added: “Brazil is the fourth leading country worldwide in terms of agricultural production and more so essentially self-sufficient in basic foodstuffs, to the extent of exporting a wide range of crops, including oranges, soybeans, coffee, and cassava, so Tanzanians can learn more from Brazil on how to develop the sector, which employs the majority of Tanzanians.

“Farmers in the country can learn from Brazil on the use of modern technology and skills on cultivation of soya beans, sorghum and yellow corn. Here, the Embassy calls on various agricultural stakeholders in Tanzania to establish cooperation with Brazilian companies in order to obtain better and more reliable tools.

“Cotton farmers in the country are invited to learn good practices of cotton farming from the Brazil-funded ‘Beyond Cotton’ Project, which has entered its second phase in the Lake Zone, because the project offers skills on how to cultivate cotton alongside other crops.

“Here, cotton farmers are involved in the project to gather knowledge and use it in growing cotton by mixing with other food crops so that farming cotton could not affect food security.”

To Brazilians opting to do business in Tanzania, the Technical Cooperation Assistant said that the east African country is well endowed with abundant natural resources. These include ample arable land, and mineral resources such as gold, diamonds, and base metals such as nickel, cobalt and copper coal, iron ore and uranium as well as gemstones such as rubies, sapphire and Tanzanite. It also has world reknown tourist attractions, including the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, the Selous Game Reserve, Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, as well as the spice islands of Zanzibar and Pemba.

Over the past two decades, Tanzania has been transformed from a centrally planned economy to a market oriented system through the implementation of legal, regulatory and institutional reforms. The Government has encouraged private sector led growth, through the restoration of market forces and less interference in commercial activities. Continuing reforms in fiscal and monetary policy and improvements in the business climate through legal and regulatory reform are aimed at streamlining procedures and freeing businesses from unnecessary bureaucracy.

These reforms have created a stable and attractive macro and micro economic climate, which has in turn resulted in positive growth trends and impressive macro-economic indicators. In this connection, investments have a crucial role to play in helping the country achieve the objective of improving the welfare of Tanzanians. Not only will investment create new jobs, but will also bring new skills and technology to the country, which will in turn improve our ability to compete in the global economy.

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