Friday, November 10, 2017

Chinese envoy pledges to cooperate with Tanzanians in all fields


By Gadiosa Lamtey @gadiosa2

Dar es Salaam. New Chinese ambassador to Tanzania Wang Ke has pledged to cooperate with her Tanzanian counterparts to achieve real results in all fields.

She revealed her commitment during a media reception at the Chinese Embassy in the city. The event was attended by some government officials, media practitioners and other guests.

“I will spare no effort to fulfil my mission and work together with my Tanzanian counterparts,” she stressed.

She said Tanzania enjoyed many unique and rich natural and human resources, adding that the country “lies in the natural extension of ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative in Africa and is among the pilot countries of China-Africa Production Capacity Cooperation.”

In her first press conference in Tanzania she said considering expectations from both parties and the achievements of some neighbouring countries, there was still room for progress and the potential to be tapped.

“There is no excuse for China-Tanzania cooperation to fall behind. Joint efforts are needed,” she stressed.

 She insisted that good bilateral cooperation should uphold the principle of mutual benefit and follow the market law and that enterprises should enjoy support and policy facilitation from the two governments.

Statistics from the Tanzania Investment Centre shows that by 2016, Chinese investment in Tanzania had reached $7 billion (about Sh15.777 trillion).

Government chief spokesperson and director-general of Tanzania Information Services, Dr Hassan Abbas, commended the good bilateral relations that had existed for long and wished it be sustainable.

He called upon the ambassador to give the Tanzanian media more opportunities to experience Chinese development to learn and share knowledge.