Mwinyi stresses tourism, investment promotion

ZANZIBAR President Hussein Mwinyi has challenged newly-appointed Tanzania’s Ambassadors to work on ways of promoting the country’s tourism and investment opportunities for economic prosperity.

He made the call when the envoys; Simon Siro (Zimbabwe), Lieutenant General Mathew Mkingule (Zambia) and Ms Caroline Chipeta (Netherlands) paid him a courtesy call at the State House in Zanzibar over the weekend.

Dr Mwinyi also told the diplomats to find means of further strengthening relations between Tanzania and the countries they are posted to serve.

As he wished the envoys good work abroad, he stressed: “Make the best use of your new role abroad to bring economic fortune to our country. Advertise the available investment opportunities in the country and tourism attractions. We need more investors to boost our economy.”

He urged the ambassadors to look for various economic opportunities available abroad, including markets for products from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.

President Mwinyi said in implementing economic diplomacy, the Blue Economy should be the focus for the envoys, tasking them to woo investors in fishing, oil and natural gas, among others.

He urged Ambassador Chipeta to find ways that would increase the number of tourists from the Netherlands to Zanzibar.

Dr Mwinyi said for a long time, Zanzibar has been receiving many tourists from Eastern and Western European countries as well as the United States, but he mentioned the importance of leveraging on new markets, mainly attracting tourists from Scandinavia countries.

In addition, Mwinyi asked the ambassadors to take advantage of the market opportunities for cloves and spices by connecting the businessmen of a particular country with those of Zanzibar.

He asked the envoys representing Tanzania in Zimbabwe and Zambia also to consider the issue of security because they are neighboring countries and the security at borders should be among priorities.

Ambassador Siro promised to look for economic opportunities abroad, and also convince tourists visiting Zimbabwe and Zambia to also to reach Tanzania.

On her side, Ambassador Chipeta said she would make efforts to ensure that the number of tourists coming from the Netherlands to Tanzania increases as well as boosting cooperation in the business sector so that more companies come to invest in Zanzibar and Tanzania.

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