China thrilled as Tanzania supports GDI plan

CHINA has appreciated Tanzania’s support to Global Development Initiative (GDI) as the Asian economic powerhouse promises its willingness to work with the country to contribute wisdom and strength to the revitalization of various careers around the world.

Chen Mingjian, China’s Ambassador to Tanzania, made the remarks during the commemoration of China Day at the ongoing 47th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) adding her country, too, appreciates the significant contribution made by President Samia Suluhu Hassan for promoting the construction of various national undertakings.

In September 2021, Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the initiative at the General Debate of the 76th session of the United Nation General Assembly.

China’s head of state urged the international community to throw the weight behind development and pool efforts to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

“This initiative has been warmly received across the international community. More than 100 countries and international organizations have supported the GDI, and nearly 70 countries have joined the UN-based Group of Friends of the GDI, implemented more than 100 early-harvest projects,” the diplomat said at the opening ceremony of the China pavilion.

The envoy insisted on China’s stance “correct direction” of economic globalization, promotion of liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment, and firmly opposes all kinds of protectionism.

“China’s modernization has made advances in the course of Opening-up, and is bound to embrace a brighter future through Opening-up. Therefore, China promises that it will open to the world on a wider scale, in a wider field, and at a deeper level,which will bring more new opportunities for China-Tanzania and China-Africa cooperation,” she said.

Meanwhile, she welcomed Tanzanian government, business associations, and enterprises to attend and explore opportunities from the forthcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE), the 134th Canton Fair, and the 23rd China International Fair for Investment and Trade, the 3rd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and many other events.

“I sincerely hope that our Chinese enterprises will do a good job in participating in this SabaSaba Festival, guided by the Principles of ‘Sincerity, Real Results, Amity and Good Faith” and the Principles of Pursuing the Greater Good and Shared Interests, proposed by President Xi Jinping, and closely cooperate with Tanzanian government,” Ambassador Mingjian said.

Zanzibar’s Minister for Omar Said Shaaban Trade and Industrial Development who was guest of honour at the well-attended event encouraged more Chinese investors to explore the potential of our vibrant sectors, such as agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing, and renewable energy.

According to the Minister, China’s rapid development, impressive infrastructure projects, and commitment to innovation have made it a role model for many nations, including Tanzania.

“We applaud the Chinese government for its dedication to sustainable development and its efforts in poverty alleviation. We also welcome Chinese tourists to experience the cultural richness and beauty of our islands. In conclusion, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Chinese government and all our Chinese partners for their continued support and cooperation,” he said.

China Day, he added, represents a significant milestone in our relationship, highlighting our shared vision for a prosperous and sustainable future as he encouraged stakeholders to seize the opportunity to forge new partnerships, strengthen existing ones, and build bridges that deepen the friendship between Tanzania and China nationals.

Speaking at China’s pavilion, Investment, Trade and Industry deputy minister Exaud Kigahe said China is among 16 countries whose companies are participating at the ongoing East Africa’s famous trade fair in Dar es Salam.

He said of 260 companies taking part at the 47th edition of DITF, over 100 are originating from China.

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