DAR ES SALAAM: TANZANIANS seeking jobs abroad are urged to observe proper procedures, including obtaining job certification, to prevent exploitation and mistreatment.
Ambassador Abdallah Kilima, Director of the Middle East at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, emphasised this during a press conference at the State House in Dar es Salaam.
He stated that individuals who wish to work overseas should confirm their employment and ensure the legitimacy of the company to receive assistance in case of difficulties.
Tanzania recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Saudi Arabia on acquiring workers, so it is important for prospective workers to follow the rules and regulations.
Ambassador Kilima also dispelled the misconception that many workers who travel to the Middle East suffer and are harassed.
The envoy emphasised that people are working in good environments and earning a lot of money.
However, he acknowledged that there are common challenges faced by some workers, especially those who have gone to countries outside the established system.
He used the example of Oman, where there are 25,000 working Tanzanians, including 17,000 to 18,000 domestic workers, to demonstrate that the majority believe their work en- vironment is excellent and safe.
During President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s visit to Saudi Arabia, it was realised that there is a significant market for meat in Saudi Arabia, which Soma- lia benefits from by exporting 500,000 tonnes of goat meat each year.
The Director of Presidential Communication Zuhura Yunus stated that presented an opportunity for Tanzania to produce and sell the best goat meat in Saudi Arabia.
Other opportunities for investment were also pre- sented during the visit, including dairy products, fish farming, mining, agriculture, hotels, industries and information technology.
Regarding energy, Tanzania has secured a loan for the Benaco-Kyaka electrical project and received a pledge to invest in the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project.
President Samia also attended the Africa Investment Forum in Morocco, where she discussed the importance of the 1,000 km long SGR construction project from Mtwara to Mbamba Bay in attracting investors.
This project aims to open up the Southern regions, which are rich in minerals such as coal, iron ore, graphite, and cement.
It is also connected to the development of Mtwara’s port and the establishment of in- dustrial parks and a smelter.
The Tanzanian delegation also presented the Man- gapwani Multipurpose Port – Zanzibar project, which involves the construction of berths for liquid bulk goods, containers, fishing vessels, natural gas offshore services, and workshop facilities.
Zanzibar has invested approximately 450 million US dollars in this modern port, which is expected to create 1,200 jobs.