Tanzania private sector want closer ties with diplomats
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – A cross section of business community in Tanzania through their business umbrella Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) has vowed to work closer with Tanzania’s recently appointed ambassadors to China, Italy, Brazil, Geneva and Turkey to foster bilateral ties and strengthen-
ing the economic diplomacy. “We are not beggars as long as we are the business people we want to strengthen our business networks with our counterpart in the outside world and we ready for joint venture and business partnership to foster our economies,” says TPSF Chairman Dr. Reginald Mengi. TPSF organized a lunch meeting in Dar es Salaam with the five appointed ambassadors of Tanzania to those respective countries to discuss the best way to develop economic diplomacy including strengthening bilateral ties, international cooperation and enhancing and increasing trade volumes between nations. The business umbrella organized a meeting with elected ambassadors as a gate way to emphasizing economic diplomacy to the countries that they are heading to including expanding business network, looking for new existing market for Tanzanians products. Dr. Mengi underscored that the business community in Tanzania wants to do business with other business people in the developed countries in various sectors such as manufacturing, textile, horticulture and mining including gas and other cash crops. “We have a number crops marketable to the EU market such as horticulture the only that we are missing is a connection from our farmers to the existing market for instance in Italy, let us joined our hands together with the close assistance from our embassies there to tap the opportunity,” he noted. He said that there are many existing opportunities for investment in the country but as well in Brazil, Italy they are also looking for business partnership for investment in various existing sub sector, but it is vital to team up as business people to delivery expected economic results. Dr. Mengi further explained that the business community has faith with the fifth phase government on its agenda to develop the industrial economy by paving the way for more investment portfolio from the private sector. “We pledged to attach to the President’s directives to champion the establishment of the Tanzanians green industrial revolution goals to curb unemployment rates to majority of Tanzanians,” he emphasized. He said that it is important for the government to empower and encourage the private sector in establishing industries due to the fact the private sector is the active player in creating more jobs opportunities in the country. On his part, Dr. Emmanuel Nchimbi Tanzania’s ambassador to Brazil said on behalf of his fellow high commissioners that they will be a link between business people in Tanzania and their counterpart with the goal to ensure win to win situation. “We are your representatives to the outside world but the bottom line here is to expand economic diplomacy and strengthen trade relations and market opportunities to various local market,” Dr. Nchimbi Dr. James Msekela Tanzanian Ambassador to Geneva said that the importance for the business people in the country is honestly while contracting business and trade agreements with their fellow business people. He noted that there are various opportunities for trade in many developed countries in such way business people need relevant and genuine information from authority such as embassies and foreign affairs office. “What they need is honestly and trust while knowledge on business is a stepping stone for them to enter into serious business, trade competition in the competing international market,” he stressed. In his comments, TPSF Executive Director Mr. Geofrey Simbeye noted that the business platform will establish a regular communication with the elected ambassadors in order to have exchanges information and programs on existing trade opportunities between countries. He clarified that the government has opened up doors for inclusive growth of the private sector in the country as an engine for Tanzanians economic growth. The meeting between TPSF and ambassadors were organized as platform for mutual understanding of one another; ambassadors who attended the meeting were Dr. Emmanuel Nchimbi, Brazil, Dr. James Msekela, Geneva, Professor Elizabeth Kinyondo, Turkey, Mbelwa Kairuki, China and Ambassador, George Madafa, Italy.
The government has opened up doors for inclusive growth of the private sector in the country as an engine for Tanzanians economic growth
Dr. Reginald Mengi, TPSF Chairman