Dar requests for review of visa agreement with US

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has appeal to the United States (US) government to review the current visa agreement to benefit the citizens of both countries with the long term-Visa.

President Samia made the remark on Thursday during a joint press conference with US Vice-President Kamala Harris at the State House in Dar es Salaam.

Based on the significance of Visa in facilitating transport matters, President Samia said it is high time to review the current visa agreement for the betterment of Tanzania and the Americans.

According to her, the review of the current Visa between two countries will enable citizens of both countries to benefit from long term- Visa, a thing that will contribute to the development of various sectors.

“The review of the current Visa agreement between Tanzania and the US government will massively benefit both countries in various areas including tourism, trade and investment,“ President Samia underlined.

According to the US Embassy in Tanzania’s website, US and Tanzania boast one of the largest trade relationships in the world, with bilateral investment and trade totaling 1.6 trillion US Dollars annually.

In December 2022, the top exports of US to Tanzania were vaccines, blood, antisera, toxins and cultures, tractors, stone processing machines, poultry meat, and packaged medicaments where during the same period the top imports of US from Tanzania were precious stones, non-knit women’s suits, non-knit men’s suits, coffee and knit t-shirts.

During the US-Africa Leaders Summit in December last year, the Biden-Harris Administration said it plans to invest at least 55 billion US Dollars in Africa over the next three years, working closely with Congress.

The US Government and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand engagement to promote equitable, sustainable and inclusive trade; boost competitiveness and attract investment to the continent.

Once fully implemented, the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area will create a combined continent-wide market of 1.3 billion people and 3.4 trillion US Dollars, which would be the fifth-largest economy in the world.

In particular, as stated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Cooperation, the US is one of the countries that contribute significantly to Foreign Investments (FDIs).

The ministry data showed that FDIs from US total 266  projects registered by the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) and worth 4.778 billion US dollars to date.

The tourism sector leads the US investment in the country with a total of 68 projects, followed by the manufacturing sector with 66 projects. These projects have created about 54,584 jobs for Tanzanians.

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