Thursday, December 14, 2017

China embassy promises to attract more tourists


By Gadiosa Lamtey, @gadiosa2

Dar es Salaam. Chinese ambassador to Tanzania Wang Ke has promised to support the government in tourism sector, by convincing tourists to visit various attractions in the country.

The promise comes at the time when the government is struggling to increase the number of tourists from China and other countries.

According to her, in the next five year China will become the most important tourist source country in the world with the outbound tourist reaching 700 million.

Ms Ke made the remark yesterday night during the reception marking the assumption of office, that out of that number a lot of them are keen on visiting Tanzania.

“I am committed to the people-to-people and cultural exchange between the two countries, particularly the cooperation on tourism sector. Besides, the bilateral relationship has long history, it should be promoted,” said the new Chinese ambassador.

She also promised to promote an exchange programme of students between the two countries in order to strengthen mutual learning in various fields including culture, art, media, education, health and sports.

“As Chinese saying goes “fate brings people together” I hope that would enjoy support and assistance from all of you during my tenure in Tanzania,” she said.

Statistics from the Tanzania Investment Center (TIC), Chinese direct investment to Tanzania is over $7 billion making China the largest FDI source country.

It is also the largest trading partner of Tanzania with a total trade volume of $3.88 billion in 2016.

She added that China is committed to support the ambition of becoming industrialized economy by 2025.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and East Africa Cooperation Dr Augustine Mahiga commented that the two countries have built its relationship in many years ago.

He said the Chinese would help the government in attain the industrial economy, as it has experienced. “This is the 14th ambassador to Tanzania since the bilateral relations started and Ms Ke is the first woman to lead the embassy.”

Dr Mahiga called upon the Chinese to lead on how the country can use the farm products to open more industries.