KILIMANJARO: DEVELEOPMENT stakeholders have been advised to use economic opportunities arising from the government efforts to strengthen diplomatic relations to improve the country’s economy.
The advice was given on Wednesday by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Kaspar Mmuya while opening the third Migration Management Workshop in Tanzania held in Moshi, Kilimanjaro region.
“I am made to understand that the participants of this seminar come from various institutions whose responsibilities include serving foreigners who carry out their activities at the institutions which you come from; among your duties is to handle issues related to permits of foreigners who come to work in various institutions … this meeting is very important for you in strengthening your cooperation with the immigration department.
“You are very important stakeholders in ensuring that the country becomes safe by receiving visitors who are honest, a move which will contribute significantly to making Tanzania an important centre for investment activities,” he said.
Mr Mmuya further said that there are great national economic benefits if the participants will continue to provide their productive contributions to the government through their cooperation with the immigration department due to the fact that they receive foreigners who want to work in the country and process their working permits.
“You are the ones who know very well the ones you are asking for the working permits, so your positive cooperation will lead to getting foreigners who will do what is right and thus boost the economy of our nation,” he said.
He added, “President Samia Suluhu Hassan has and continues to work around the clock to promote Tanzania internationally by informing the world of the opportunities available in the country, Royal Tour Tanzania film is part of those efforts, this film has already awakened the spirits of many investors and there are already many foreigners entering the country for business duties”.
“This workshop has come at the right time because it will help you discuss the achievements recorded following the efforts made by the government as well as on how to develop them for the benefit of the nation and its people,” he added.
Mr Mmuya thanked all stakeholders, including participants of the workshop for their cooperation they provide to the government through the immigration department.
“The good services which you provide to them apart from ensuring that the economy is strengthened through the foreign workers, their arrival is also clear evidence of the good cooperation that Tanzania has with other countries,” he said.
Speaking at the event, Commissioner General of Immigration (CGI), Dr Anna Makakala said that the workshop was a continuation of efforts made by the leadership of the Immigration Department in the country which aimed at strengthening the cooperation of the department with stakeholders from the public and private sectors.
“These stakeholders are very important partners for the immigration department in carrying out its duties through the foreigners they serve, including finding them working permits; their efforts have led to creating safe environments in many areas of investment in the country, something which contributes to the growth of the national economy,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of his fellow participants, Mr Juma Dossa from the Aga Khan Health Services congratulated the leadership of the immigration department for introducing the workshop which he said has built patriotism attitude among the participants.
Mr Dossa said that the cooperation between the immigration department and the stakeholders had also been a catalyst for investors to further expand the scope of their activities in the country.
“We will continue to cooperate with the government in ensuring that foreigners who come to the country do not get embarrassed by giving them the services they deserve in order to maintain our country’s respect which has an international recognition,” he said.