Samia’s ability to repair ties starts showing promise

Tuesday May 11 2021
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President Samia Suluhu Hassan addresses Dar es Salaam elders at Mlimani City Hall in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Among other things, she pledged to sort out any and all problems they face. PHOTO | ERICKY BONIPHACE

By Alex Nelson Malanga

Dar es Salaam. President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s political will expected to repair ties with the outside world will spar trade and investment, and eventually take Tanzania to a higher level.

Starting from the very early days of her administration, the Head of State, who stepped up in March after the death of her predecessor, Dr John Magufuli, has gestured that she would put a lot of emphasis on economic diplomacy.

The latest development came up yesterday when President Hassan pledged to cement bilateral ties with the rest of the world, particularly on economic affairs and social wellbeing.

She made the promise through a statement availed to the media shortly after she received certificates of recognition of the just appointed ambassadors to represent their countries in Tanzania.

They include Lebbius Taneni Tobias (Namibia), Mary O’Nell (Ireland), Dr Mehmet Gulluoglu (Turkey), Marco Lombardi (Italy) and Ricardo Ambrosia Sampio Mtumbuida (Mozambique).

Speaking shortly after yesterday’s event, the government’s spokesperson, Mr Gerson Msigwa, said the outside world was confident about Tanzania due to the President’s encouraging statements to build economic diplomacy.


“They (ambassadors) exuded their high expectations of President Samia’s leadership, thanks to her repeated statement that Tanzania is not an island, but instead needs to cooperate with others,” Mr Msigwa said.

Adding: “Not only has the President’s encouraging statements brought hopes to those five countries, but the entire world.”

Mr Msigwa said the President’s commitments to strengthening ties with other nations was important to all countries because they need each other.

Strengthening economic diplomacy centred on yesterday’s discussion between the President and ambassadors.

The Head of State used yesterday’s event to welcome investors from the five countries to come and invest in Tanzania.

She said there was a huge potential for investors in such areas like manufacturing, agriculture, livestock keeping, fisheries and tourism.

She urged foreign investors to come and partner with Tanzanians to tap the available abundant opportunities on the win-win basis.

Investors are welcomed to bring in capital and skills,” Mr Msigwa quoted the President as saying.

adding that the President’s desire was for Tanzania to match the globe’s speed.