ZANZIBAR: ZANZIBAR President Dr Hussein Mwinyi has reminded Tanzanians to seize employment opportunities available in the Middle East countries, to reduce local unemployment burden.
Dr Mwinyi is currently in Doha, Qatar, attending the 21st edition of the Doha Forum, on behalf of President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
The forum brings together world’s top leaders, executives, and think tanks to discuss pressing unresolved questions regarding “international relations and security; economic policy and development; cyber security, data privacy, and artificial intelligence and sustainability.”
On the sidelines of the forum, Dr Mwinyi visited various institutions in Qatar and met with government and private sector leaders.
The aim was to identify several opportunities including employment that Tanzanians can apply for and secure due to existing good relations.
The visit also provided an opportunity for Dr Mwinyi to also discuss with Qatari leaders and investors and share experiences and support in areas such as developing information, communication technology (ICT), digital economy, more investments in tourism sector, museums, farming and blue economy.
He made a visit to the National Mazzraty Poultry Farm, to observe modern farming methods and what Tanzania can learn from it. Dr Mwinyi witnessed various stages of chicken growth until the final stage (without use of chemicals)- chicken slaughter section, storage and chicken meat processing.
Dr Mwinyi expressed admiration for the Doha National Museum, which is under the daughter of former leader (Amiri) of Qatar, who is also the Chairman of the National Museum Ms Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
President Mwinyi thanked Ms Sheikha Al Mayassa, on behalf of the government of Qatar, for supporting the three-year project of getting children dropout, back to school in Zanzibar.
The “Out Of School Children (OOSC)’ project was sponsored by Qatar Fund for Development, which has been implemented by Zanzibar Minister of Education and Vocational Training under the supervision of UNICEF in collaboration with the Education Above All Foundation (EAA).
Dr Mwinyi said the project has been largely successful after more than 35,500 dropouts or out of schools’ children returned to school in Unguja and Pemba and are continuing with their classes.
“We also thank Qatar for the plan to introduce “students exchange programme in the field of museum and library. This will enable students from Zanzibar to come to learn and share experience and knowledge in library operations and management in Doha,” Dr Mwinyi explained.
He said that Zanzibar is rich in antiquities and proposed having a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar to enable professionals from Middle East nations to share experiences.
The two-day Doha Economic Forum which opened on Sunday was graced by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar. The Doha Forum was established by the government of Qatar in 2000 and is held annually.