Digital archive on Dr Salim's life journey set for launch

Former Tanzanian diplomat and Prime Minister Dr Salim Ahmed Salim

Dar es Salaam. The family of the former Prime Minister, Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, has established a digital archive which will provide insights about the journey of the renowned Tanzanian diplomat.

Dr Salim served as the fifth Prime Minister of Tanzania and, the eighth secretary-general of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) from 1989 – 2001.

The archive will be launched on September 30, 2023 in Dar es Salaam, by President Samia Suluhu Hassan and attended by other leaders including Zanzibar President Hussein Ali Mwinyi.

Other guests will include current and former government leaders, development partners, as well as representatives from the private sector, academia, and civil society.

The archive, ( collects videos, images and text documents (such as speeches, notes, and academic papers) of Dr Salim.

“It offers unique insights into his journey in public service and his role in international diplomacy and the African liberation movements. It also covers the broader role that African countries played in geopolitics from the 1960s through to the early 2000s,” the family said in a statement.

The archive was prepared by Dr Salim’s family in collaboration with the government as well as friends. Highlighting the moments that shaped Dr Salim’s life, the family said the archive aims to enrich the history of Tanzania and Africa.

The materials in the archive will appeal to those who want to understand the role that Tanzania and other African countries played in global history and international diplomacy.