TZ lays emphasis on economic diplomacy

ZANZIBAR: TANZANIA is determined to achieve her economic targets through economic diplomacy, the House of Representatives was told here on Friday.

Minister of State, Second Vice-President’s Office, Policy, Coordination and House of Representatives Hamza Hassan Juma told the house that the government through the foreign affairs policy has been in talks with various countries to cement economic relations.

Through the Joint Permanent Commissions (JPCs) spearheaded consultations, Tanzania enjoys cordial economic relations with the United Arab Emirates, Mozambique, Oman, Indonesia, Algeria, Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, China, India, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Under the negotiations, the minister said, the union government has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with various countries to strengthen commercial and investment sectors as well as promotion of Kiswahili, education and health.

Minister Hamza was answering a question by Wawi Representative Bakar Hamad Bakar who wanted to know the extent to which Tanzania has succeeded in harnessing collaboration with other countries.

The minister said the visits by global leaders to Tanzania are evidence that the country is doing well in her foreign policy.

The minister mentioned international figures who have visited Tanzania as US Vice-President Kamala Hariss (in March 2023); Hungarian President Katalin Novak (in July 2023); Indonesian President Joko Widodo (August 2023); India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishaikar in Zanzibar (in July 2023); African Development Bank (AfDB) President Dr Aninwumi Adesina; World Bank Vice President for East and Southern Africa Dr Victoria Kwakwa; and Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) Chief Executive Officer Dr Said Quld Tan.

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