Propagate economic diplomacy, Mwinyi tells envoys

ZANZIBAR President Dr Hussein Mwinyi on Tuesday asked Tanzanian envoys abroad to propagate economic diplomacy and attract serious investors to speed up the country’s economic growth.

Talking to Tanzanian Ambassador to Türkiye, Idd Seif Bakari at Vuga-based State House here, he added: “Your main task as our representatives abroad is economic diplomacy; focus on economic issues and explore all the available opportunities for the benefit of our country.”

Equally, President Mwinyi asked the newly posted envoy to Ankara to work hard and convince potential Türkiye investors to come to Tanzania, describing Türkiye as one of the highly developed industrial economies in the world. He said with the exception of China, Türkiye is the world’s top industrial manufacturer.

“Go and work closely with potential investors; convince them to invest in Tanzania’s industrial sector…instead of only importing from them, they better come and produce from within the country,” said the president, pledging supportive environment for the private sector to thrive in the country.

He said Tanzania and Türkiye have huge opportunities to collaborate in various sectors of the economy, saying Zanzibar is eager to receive Turkish investors in port, road and airport infrastructure.

The president asked the new envoy to use the Turkish airline, which makes direct flights to Tanzania, as an effective platform to aggressively market the country’s tourism opportunities, including Stone Town, national parks and beach tourism.

In response, Ambassador Idd pledged to work hard during his stay in Ankara to secure markets for Tanzanian products, including farm produce like cotton whose demand is high in Türkiye to feed the textile industries.

He asked Tanzania Tourist Board, Zanzibar Commission for Tourism and his office to work closely to market the country’s tourism potential to attract Turkish investors.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan appointed the former Consul General in Tanzania’s Dubai embassy to the ambassadorial post in April 5, 2023. The envoy had paid a courtesy call to Vuga-based State House to bid farewell to Dr Mwinyi.

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