Mwinyi’s marketing message to envoys

Zanzibar's President Hussein Mwinyi

Summary

  • Zanzibar President Hussein Ali Mwinyi has directed ambassadors who represent Tanzania in foreign countries to beef up their efforts to market the country to potential investors.

Unguja. Zanzibar President Hussein Ali Mwinyi yesterday told ambassadors who represent Tanzania in foreign countries to beef up their effort to sell the country to potential investors.

He challenged Tanzanian envoys to better understand the country’s policies in order to use them in executing their duties.

Dr Mwinyi was addressing ambassadors gathering in the Isles for a week long meeting, which started on November 14.

“Your priorities should be aligned with goals set by the Union and Zanzibar governments,” he told envoys who will be addressed by President Samia Suluhu Hassan today.

Dr Mwinyi stressed on the need to diligently fulfill their responsibilities and understand the country’s image, policies and visions they carry through their representation abroad.

The visions and policies should be translated into action, stressed the Zanzibar President, noting that the move will enable colleagues in respective countries to easily receive and promote cooperation with respective countries, regions and international organisations.

He challenged the responsible ministry to continue building the capacity of staffs in order to increase their professionalism and efficiency.

Furthermore, Dr Mwinyi said envoys are obliged to build close cooperation with the private sector operating on both sides of the union in order to benefit with available opportunities.

The Zanzibar’s President said they should also abide by special directives issued on the Isles as stipulated in the Development Vision 2050 and the Development Plan 2021/26 documents, stressing on the need to strengthen the country’s economic diplomacy.

“You should continue working closely with both governments to meet objectives set especially on the need to secure better and reliable markets, attract investment, capital and tourists visiting the country,” he said.

He said Zanzibar is blessed with the ocean which is full of numerous resources, saying they are only challenged to ensure available wealth is utilized and sustained for the benefits of Tanzanians.

Dr Mwinyi said available resources should be used to uplift the life of the Zanzibaris, especially through implementation of the blue economy which comprises tourism, ports construction, fisheries, aquaculture, seaweeds farming, oil and gas exploration and transportation.

He said tourism was a rapidly growing sector in the Isles despite recent challenges, hinting that 61,388 tourists visited the Isles in August, 2022 as compared to 34,000 who toured the same period last year.

The minister for Foreign and East African Corporation, Dr Stergomena Tax said envoys have the role to oversee the country’s interests abroad, stressing that they have been directed to strengthen cooperation with the countries of representation.

She said the government would accelerate the Foreign Policy 2001 review in order to align it with the ongoing global changes.

The dean of Tanzanian ambassadors, Dr Asharose Migiro said among the topics discussed include the global trends so that the envoys can effectively implement the economic diplomacy policy.

The ambassadors were also taken through the opportunities available in Zanzibar and its Blue Economy plan, she said.

“We promise to continue with our work to represent our country and strengthen relationships with other countries by following the priorities of the nation and bringing more investors,” she said.

Dr Mwinyi said that the government has taken deliberate measures to improve the business and investment environment by cutting to secure their investment permit.

He said, an investor with complete documents can complete all the procedures within 24 hours and gets the certificate.

Dr Mwinyi said the government has improved the airports and ports to simplify transportation in Zanzibar.

“If you return to your work stations, explain clearly the improvements that have been made in order to encourage traders and investors to come to Zanzibar,” he said.

Agricultural activities in Zanzibar include growing cloves, spices and seaweed, which generate foreign currencies.

“Support the government efforts in finding new markets for processed products,” he said, adding that the mission is to ensure that more processing industries are built in Zanzibar to avoid exporting raw products.