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Friday, June 29, 2012

The Statement of the Deputy Minister in Albania

STATEMENT BY HON. MAHADHI JUMA MAALIM (MP), DEPUTY MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FIFTH HIGH-LEVEL INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE ON DELIVERING AS ONE, TIRANA, ALBANIA, 27-29 JUNE 2012
 
Honourable Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of Albenia;
Ms. Helen Clark, UN Development Group Chair;
Your Excellency Mr. Dera Percaya, Vice-President of ECOSOC;
Mr. Diego Canepa, Deputy-Secretary of the President of Uruguay and President of the Steering Committee of the Uruguayan Agency of International Cooperation (AUCI);
Heads of Delegation from Pilot and Non-pilot Countries;
Heads of UN Agencies;
Representatives of Development Partners;
Co-chairs of the UN System-wide Coherence;
Ladies and Gentlemen.
 
At the outset, allow me to join others in thanking and congratulating the Government of Albania for taking the initiative and assuming the responsibility of hosting the Fifth High Level Conference on Delivering as One. I am sure that I speak on behalf of all the other delegates when I say that we are grateful for the brotherly reception and excellent facilities the Government and People of Albania have put at our disposable. We earnestly appreciate this Albanian generosity.
 
It is my honour and privilege to address this Conference on behalf of Honourable Bernard Kamillius Membe, Member of Parliament and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania. He extends his deepest regret that he could not make it to this Conference because of other engagements. He therefore conveys his best wishes for the success of the conference.
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The presence of so many high-level dignitaries at this occasion illustrates the commitment and great importance that the Member States attach to the reform.  The inter-governmental fora that have been held prior to this one have provided a critical opportunity to exchange experiences and lessons learned on Delivering as One. I believe this meeting will build upon that foundation.
 
Drawing from our experience as one of the LDC Pilot Countries for the One, I want to acknowledge and appreciate that project has provided real opportunities to address our development needs in one roof and in its entirety as well as in a participatory manner. Through the previous Joint Programmes and now the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP), we have witnessed initiatives that are much more responsive to the needs of Tanzanians; from policy support to social services delivery and promotion of good governance.
 
All these are paramount in improving the wellbeing of our people. The initiative also helps to move forward in the implementation of our National Development Strategies and Plans, in achieving the Millennium Development Goals as well as other internationally agreed development goals. We in Tanzania, are proud that Delivering as One has further strengthened the cooperation among the Government, the UN and the Development Partners.
 
Excellencies, Distinguished Participants,
When Tanzania first volunteered to become a pilot country way back in 2007, we did not quite know what we were embarking upon and indeed, it has been quite a journey. This journey began with the establishment of the Joint Government and UN Steering Committee (JSC) for management of the One Fund. Under the co-Chairmanship of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and the UN Resident Coordinator, the JSC has enhanced ties between the Government and the UN at the highest level. It has provided a vehicle for discussion not only on One Fund matters, but additional issues of common concern such as the finalisation of the second generation of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSPs), the response to the Country-led Evaluation of Delivering as One in 2010 and of course the Independent Evaluation.
The primary role of the JSC, however, still is to guide UN programming, ensuring it remains fully aligned to our National Development Strategies and plans as well as priorities. We are proud to have pioneered an innovative approach to programming – the UNDAP– which brings all resident and non-resident agencies under a single coherent results-based Plan. The Government of Tanzania played a central role in the development of the UNDAP and indeed continues to enjoy an active partnership with the UN for its implementation and through the biannual review process of the Annual Work Plans.
 
Through the application of performance based allocations under the One Fund – which now accounts for 28 percent of the entire Programme of Cooperation for all UN agencies operating in the country - we incentivise UN agencies to be accountable for their interventions, to demonstrate clear results which serve best the people of Tanzania.
 
Excellencies, Distinguished Participants,
Under the reform, we have welcomed the realignment of the UN planning cycle at the country level to our own budgetary calendar year, running from July to June of the following year. This has helped to increase UN use of our national systems at the same time building the capacity therein under the One Office pillar of the reform – for which we are grateful. It has also helped to increase aid predictability and it enabled the incorporation of UN assistance into our budgeting process through the use of the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework.  
 
Harmonisation of Business Practices has the potential to yield real results in terms of increased efficiencies including a reduction in our transaction costs. We note the findings of the Independent Evaluation in this regard, and add our voice to the recommendations that this should be further pursued by UN Headquarters and Inter-Governmental bodies as a critical component of the reform.
 
Excellencies, Distinguished Participants,
In Tanzania, we place great value on the One UN Office. It has a critical function to reach prompt agreements and take action in all affairs of mutual interest between the Government and the UN System.  The One UN Office under the Resident Coordinator brings an important value addition by his support to the overall dialogue structure with all our Development Partners through his Permanent Chairmanship of the Development Partners Group. Important UN values, such as impartiality, transparency, participatory and people-centred economic growth greatly assist Tanzania Government – and I presume my fellow Government representatives from countries with sizeable Overseas Development Assistance would agree – to effectively lead and channel development cooperation in line with our National Development Strategies and Plans.  
 
We also attach importance to the concept of One Leader under Delivering as One in that it fosters a cohesive and forceful UN Country Team.  Effectively exercised, this concept brings to the front only UN Agencies with the requisite capacity and comparative advantage to support the issue at hand.
 
For these reasons, Tanzania recognizes that the authority of the Resident Coordinator is strongly linked to national ownership of the development process. Therefore, we support the move to strengthen accountability at the country level within the UN system. This should enhance the authority of the Resident Coordinator and enforce decisions of the Joint Steering Committee to the benefit of national ownership and leadership of the development path.
 
Excellencies, Distinguished Participants,
Tanzania Government has observed that a more coordinated UN Country Management Team can increase coherence among agencies and strengthen collaboration with our Government and other partners. The findings of the Independent Evaluation only confirm this. The One Voice principle has been instrumental in building capacity across the UN Country Management Team to engage with the media and other stake holders. Additionally, the principle plays the role of enhancing attention to the norms and standards of peace and security, human rights, social well being and equity developed under the leadership of UN bodies to which we remain fully committed.  It has also encouraged positive changes in patterns of communication within the country team, with people talking as much across agencies as within themselves.
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Delivering as One has already yielded a more streamlined and effective collaboration for development results between our Government and the UN in Tanzania. This, in my view, signals success. The reform has illustrated a common commitment, shared vision, relevant strategies and adequate resources amongst the tripartite relationship of government, donors and the UN.
 
Excellencies, Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen;
In conclusion, let me underscore that more support from the governing bodies and from Member States during the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) is required to realise the considerable benefits of Delivering as One and to address the development challenges before our countries. Real political will is required. The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania therefore strongly appeals to all UN bodies and Member States to fully support the Delivering as One reform for the betterment of the peoples of the United Nations.  
 
I thank you very much for your kind attention.
 
 

Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul VI


Jakaya Kikwete - Doug Pitt Named Goodwill Ambassador Of Tanzania Hosted by President Kikwete

H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania has sent congratulatory message to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
The message reads as follows;

“His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI,
          Vatican City,
HOLY SEE.

Your Holiness,

On behalf of the Government and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania, and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate you most sincerely on the occasion of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul VI’s, celebrations.

          Tanzania and the Holy See enjoy good bilateral relations, working closely and cooperatively. The celebration of your country’s National Day offers yet another opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to continue working with you in further consolidating and strengthening the ties of friendship and cooperation that cordially exist between the United Republic of Tanzania and the Holy See.

          Please accept, Your Holiness, my best wishes for your good health, prosperity and many more years of service to the church” said the President.

Issued by: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Dar es Salaam.
29th June, 2012

Ambassador Kairuki meets Acting High Commissioner for India


HAmbassador Mbelwa Kairuki, the Director of the Department of Asia and Australasia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, welcomes Mrs. Hemalata Bhagirath, the Acting High Commissioner for India, who paid him a courtesy call today at the Ministry.  



Ambassador Kairuki discussing various issues with Mrs. Hemalata Bhagirath, which included the close friendly and cooperative relation that exist between the two countries since 1960s. India is one of Tanzania's major trading partners as well as an important source of essential machinery and pharmaceutical products. Tanzania’s Major imports from India include mineral fuels, oils, iron & steel, pharmaceuticals, motor vehicles (including auto parts), articles of iron & steel, electrical machinery/ equipment, machinery/ appliances, plastic products including synthetic polymers, rubber items including tyres etc., cotton fabrics, apparel & clothing, cereals. Major exports to India include vegetables, pulses, cashew nuts, raw cotton, gemstones, cloves & other spices, wood and articles thereof, tanning/dyeing extract.


Ambassador Kairuki in talks with Mrs. Bhagirath, Acting High Commissioner for India in Tanzania.  Others in the photo are Mr. Kunal Roy (1st left), Councillor for High Commission of India, Mr. Tarunvir Chaudhary (1st right), First Secretary for High Commission of India and Mr. Charles Faini (2nd right), Desk Officer for India at the Ministry .    




Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Kikao cha Baraza la Mawaziri - Dodoma


Mhe. Rais Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, akiongoza Kikao cha Baraza la Mawaziri leo, mjini Dodoma. (Picha na Freddy Maro wa Ikulu)


Monday, June 25, 2012

Saharawi President official visit to Tanzania


H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania welcoming his counterpart H.E. Mohamed Abdelaziz, the President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.  H.E. President Abdelaziz has been in the country for an official visit from June 24th to 25th, 2012.


President Kikwete shake hands with his counterpart, President Abdelaziz of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic during his visit at the State House today in Dar es Salaam.


President Kikwete, his counterpart President Abdelaziz in a conversation together with Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP) (right), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and his counterpart, Hon. Mohamed S.O. Salek (left), Minister for Foreign Affairs and Member of POLISARIO Front Secretariat of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.


Tanzanian delegation led by H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete in a meeting with H.E. President Mohamed Abdelaziz of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic along with members of his delegation.


H.E. President Kikwete (2nd right) giving his remarks during the meeting with President Abdelaziz (not on the photo).  Others on the photo are Hon. Bernard K. Membe (3rd right), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. John M. Haule (1st right), the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Internatioal Cooperation, Mr. Prosper Mbena (2nd left), Private Assistant to the President, and H.E. Ambassador Zahra Nuru, Private Assistant (Diplomatic Affairs)


Members of delegation from Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic that includes President Abdelaziz (3rd left), Hon. Mohamed S.O. Salek (1st left), Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of POLISARIO Front Secretariat, Hon. Mohamed L. Bouhali (4th left), Minister of Defense and Member of POLISARIO Front Secretariat and H.E. Ambassador Brahim Salem Buseif (2nd left), Ambassador of the Sarahawi Arab Democratic Republic to the United Republic of Tanzania, during the meeting with President Kikwete (not in the photo).



President Kikwete together with the Tanzania delegation that includes Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP) (2nd left), the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. John M. Haule (3rd right), the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Prosper Mbena, Private Assistant to the President, Ms. Zuhura Bundala (2nd right), Assistant Director of the Department of Africa at the Ministry, Mr. Ali Bujiku (1st right), Desk Officer for the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic at the Ministry.


President Abdelaziz (center), along with Hon. Mohamed L. Bouhali, Minister of Defense and Member of  POLISARIO Front Secretariat and H.E. Ambassador Brahim S. Buseif, Saharawi Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania listening on to President Kikwete (not in the photo) during their meeting at the State House in Dar es Salaam.


President Kikwete showing his counterpart President Abdelaziz a memorable photo of the Late Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the First President and the Founder of the United Republic of Tanzania.




Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP) in a light conversation with H.E. Ambassador Juma Alfani Mpango (center), Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo and H.E. Ambassador Ombeni Y. Sefue (right), Chief Secretary.

Hon. Bernard K. Membe chats with Chief Secretary, H.E. Ambassador Ombeni Y. Sefue prior to the Luncheon hosted by President Kikwete in honor of the Saharawi President, H.E. President Mohamed Abdelaziz at the State House in Dar es Salaam.


H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete gives his opening remarks prior to Luncheon he hosted in honor of his counterpart President Abdelaziz of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.


H.E. President Mohamed Abdelaziz gives his remarks during the Luncheon hosted by President Kikwete at the State House in Dar es Salaam.  Listening on is Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and H.E. Ambassador Ombeni Y. Sefue (right), Chief Secretary.

President Kikwete (3rd right) and President Abdelaziz (2nd right) paying their respect to the National Anthem during the Luncheon hosted by President Kikwete at the State House.  Others on photo are Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP) (2nd right), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, his counterpart Hon. Mohamed S.O. Salek of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic and Chief Secretary Ambassador Ombeni Y. Sefue (1st right).


President Kikwete and President Abdelaziz


Brass Band entertaining the Guest of Honor, H.E. President Abdelaziz of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.


President Kikwete and His Guest of Honor, President Abdelaziz of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic watching and listening to the Brass Band.


 President Kikwete presenting a special gift of a Makonde designed roundtable together with a chess board and chess mates.  The legs of the roundtable are triangle shape and can easily be folded into one piece-board.  Others on photo are Hon. Mohamed S.O. Salek (1st left), Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of POLISARIO Front Secretariat in Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic and Mr. Japhet Mwaisupule (1st right), Acting Chief Protocol for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.


Here is a photo of President Kikwete showing his matching national suit of Saharawi, a special gift that was presented to him by His counterpart President Abdelaziz.


A group photo of President Kikwete along with his counterpart, President Abdelaziz (3rd left).  Others on photo are Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP) (2nd left), the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Mohamed L. Bouhali (3rd right), Minister of Defense and Member of POLISARIO Front Secretariat in Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, and Hon. Mohamed S.O. Salek (1st right), Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of POLISARIO Front Secretariat in Saharawi.

Joint Communique

JOINT COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE OFFICIAL VISIT TO TANZANIA BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SAHARAWI ARAB DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, H.E. MOHAMED ABDELAZIZ

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA 25 JUNE, 2012


At the invitation of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, H.E. Mohamed Abdelaziz made a two-day official visit to the United Republic of Tanzania from 24th to 25th June, 2012. H.E. President Abdelaziz was accompanied by Honourable Ministers and other senior officials of the Government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.

H.E. President Abdelaziz arrived on 24th June, 2012 and was warmly received at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport by his host, H.E. President Kikwete as well as Honourable Ministers and other senior officials of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

The two-day visit was mainly for the purpose of strengthening the brotherly and historical bilateral relations that so happily exist between the Governments and Peoples of the United Republic of Tanzania and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.

On 25th June, 2012, H.E. President Kikwete and H.E. President Abdelaziz held official talks and discussed bilateral issues, the current peace process in Western Sahara; regional issues as well as other issues of mutual interests to their two countries. The two Presidents expressed their satisfaction at the excellent historical and fraternal relations that have been maintained between the Governments and peoples of their two countries and exchanged ideas on how best they can further strengthen the relations.

With regard to bilateral issues, H.E. President Abdelaziz expressed gratitude on behalf of the Government and the Saharawi people as well as on his own behalf for the support that they continue to enjoy from the Government and People of the United Republic of Tanzania in their tireless efforts in search for a peaceful solution to the Western Saharan conflict that had remained unresolved for decades now. In this connection, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania reiterated its unflinching support for the of the right self determination to the people of Saharawi.

Their Excellencies the two Presidents underscored the need to further strengthen the existing relations between their two countries by exploring possible areas of cooperation that would be of mutual benefit to the peoples of the two countries. They particularly noted that the Public Civil Service is an area they can explore possible cooperation between their two countries, most particularly training of their respective civil servants. To this end, Their Excellencies the two Presidents instructed the Ministers responsible for Public Civil Service to meet and initiate action.

With respect to the peace process in Western Sahara, Their Excellencies the two Presidents noted, with great concern, that the conflict of Western Sahara has remained unresolved for decades and the Saharawi people are yet to determine their destiny, hence, causing great suffering to the Saharawi people. They therefore jointly called upon the AU, the UN and the international community, as a whole, to take their responsibilities in ensuring that a peaceful resolution to the conflict is found sooner and not later.

At the end of his visit, H.E. President Abdelaziz expressed gratitude to the Government and People of the United Republic of Tanzania for the brotherly welcome and warm hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during their brief visit.

H.E. President Abdelaziz and his entourage departed Dar es Salaam on the 25th June, 2012. At the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport, he was seen off by his host, H.E. President Kikwete, Honourable Ministers and other senior Government officials of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.


ISSUED AT DAR ES SALAAM ON 25TH JUNE, 2012


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Saharawi President arrives in Dar es salaam

H:E Mohamed Abdelaziz, the President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic arrived in Dar es salaam this evening for the two-day Official visit to the United Republic of Tanzania.

On arrival at the Julius Nyerere International Airport, the visiting President, who arrived aboard Republic of Algeria plane, was met by his host, H.E Jakaya Kikwete, the President of the United Repulic of Tanzania.

While in Tanzania President Abdelaziz will hold official talks with his host at the State House in Dar es salaam before proceeding for launchen prepared in honour of the visiting President.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Congratulatory message to the Grand Duke of Luxembourg

H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania sends a congratulatory message to His Royal Highness, Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, on the occasion of his country’s National Day on 23th June, 2012.

The message reads as follows;

“His Royal Highness, Henri,
Grand Duke of Luxembourg,
LUXEMBOURG.

Your Royal Highness,

On behalf of the Government and people of the United Republic of Tanzania, and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to you and through you to the Government and people of Luxembourg on the occasion of the National Day of your great country.

The celebration of your country’s National Day offers me yet another opportunity to reaffirm my Government’s commitment to continue working together at both bilateral and multilateral levels in enhancing the relations that so happily exist between our two countries.

Please accept, your Royal Highness, my best wishes for your continued good health, peace and prosperity for the people of Luxembourg.

Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA”





Issued by:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
22nd June, 2012
DAR ES SALAAM.

Ambassador Kairuki meets Vietnamese Ambassador

Ambassador Mbelwa Kairuki, the new Director for the Department of Asia and Australasia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, greets and welcomes H.E. Ambassador Nguyen Duy Thien, the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United Republic of Tanzania. 


H.E. Ambassador Thien in talks with Ambassador Mbelwa, after he paid a courtesy call to H.E. Kairuki today at the Ministry.  Prior to his new appointment, Ambassador Kairuki previously served as a Private Assistant (Speech) to the President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.


Ambassador Kairuki discussing something during his talks with the Vietnamese Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Ambassador Nguyen Duy Thien.



The Vietnamese Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Nguyen Duy Thien, has congratulated the new Director of the Department of Asia and Australasia, H.E. Ambassador Mbelwa Kairuki for his recent appointment.
Ambassador Thien made the comment when he paid a courtesy call on him today at the Ministry, saying Ambassador Kairuki’s appointment was yet another opportunity to enhance existing bilateral ties between the two brotherly countries and peoples. 
 “I hope you will bring new energy and vision to enhance cooperation between our two brotherly countries and peoples,” said Ambassador Thien.
The two Ambassadors further discussed the need to explore new opportunities of cooperation between the two countries that can be beneficial in enhancing bilateral economic relation that so happily exists for years. 
In that respect, the Vietnamese Ambassador informed Ambassador Kairuki that he expects Vietnamese businessmen to take part in this year’s 36th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (Saba Saba).   
On his part, Ambassador Kairuki thanked Ambassador Thien and vowed to continue working together with his government in ensuring that the bilateral relation is elevated to a new height.  


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Updates on the Rio+20 Summit


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20 June 2012 – effective implementation of sustainable energy solution is crucial for Africa’s successful long-term social and economic development, participants agreed on the high-level panel convened to ensure that Africa’s renewable energy potential is kept high on the political agenda.

Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in the framework of Rio+20, the high level event was held today 20 June 2012, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. It was attended by H.E Elham Mahmoud Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrustructure and Energy at the AU Commission; African Ministers; civil socity organizations; International organizations; and development partners, among others.  
 
Adressing participants the Commissiner highlighted the significant role of the African Union Commission on the infrustructure and energy  sector. In February 2009 African Union Assembly of Heads of States and Government dicided to:“develop renewable energy resources in order to provide clean, reliable, affordable and environmental friendly energy,” (Assembly/ AU/Decl.9-XII), she recalled.
 

Underlining renewable energy as a key factor for Africa’s sustainable development, and the fact that a huge gap has been registered using energy production, she called up on African countries, Governments and concerned organization to work together for the development of Africa’s reneweble energy resources.

Mrs. Elham furthur higlighted the following issues as a means of achiving Africa’s  renewable energy: giving priority for renewable energy projects, allocation of sufficent budget, technology
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Taarifa Waziri Membe kwa Waandishi wa Habari

Tanzania imefaidika kwa kiasi kikubwa katika masuala ya kuboresha miundombinu kupitia ushirikiano wa Afrika na Marekani katika uwekezaji na biashara yaani AGOA.

Hayo yalisemwa jana na Mhe. Bernard K. Membe (Mb.), Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa alipozongumza na Waandishi wa Habari ofisini kwake kuhusu mkutano wa AGOA uliofanyika hivi karibuni mjini California, Washington DC, Marekani.

Mhe. Membe alisema kuwa hadi sasa Tanzania imekwishanufaika na mpango huo kwa kupatiwa kiasi cha Dola za Marekani milioni 700 kwa ajili ya kuboresha miundombinu ikiwemo ujenzi wa barabara za Namtumbo-Songea na Mbinga-Mbamba Bay. Aidha, miradi mingine inayonufaika chini ya mpango huo ni ile ya kupambana na malaria na UKIMWI kwa upande wa Tanzania Bara na Zanzibar.

Aliongeza kuwa, mkutano huo ambao ulibeba kaulimbiu isemayo “Umuhimu wa Miundombinu katika Kuleta maendeleo Barani Afrika” ulielezea pia faida kwa bara hili kuimarisha miundombinu kuwa ni pamoja na kuhamasisha na kukuza biashara, kuimarisha muungano wa kikanda yaani nchi na nchi na kuimarisha biashara ya ndani ya Bara la Afrika.

Aidha, Mhe. Membe alitumia fursa hiyo pia kutoa ufafanuzi wa masuala mbalimbali kuhusu Wizara ambayo yamekuwa yakiandikwa na kutangazwa na vyombo vya habari isivyo. Masuala hayo ni pamoja na taarifa kuhusu uwasilishwaji wa Ripoti ya Tanzania kuhusu Mpango wa Nchi za Afrika Kujitathmini Kiutawala Bora (APRM).

Katika suala hili Mhe. Membe alitoa ufafanuzi kuwa, ni kweli Mhe. Rais hatoweza kuwasilisha ripoti ya tathmini ya Tanzania katika Mkutano ujao wa Wakuu wa Nchi na Serikali wa Umoja wa Afrika (AU) unaotarajiwa kufanyika mjini Addis Ababa mwezi Julai, 2012 kwa kuwa Timu ya Umoja wa Afrika chini ya APRM inayopitia ripoti hiyo ya Tanzania haijakamilisha kazi hiyo. Hivyo Tanzania itawasilisha ripoti yake Januari 2013 baada ya timu hiyo kuipitia na si kwa sababu Tanzania inadaiwa Dola za Marekani laki nane (800,000) kama mchango wake kwa mpango huo.

“APRM ni chombo kilichoanzishwa na Serikali za Afrika na kwa hapa Tanzania kinaratibiwa na Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje, ni chombo cha hiari kwa nchi za Afrika kujitathmini zenyewe kiutawala bora, si kweli kuwa Rais atashindwa kuwasilisha Ripoti ya Tanzania AU kwa sababu hatujalipa deni, bali ni kwa sababu timu inayopitia ripoti hiyo ya Tanzania haijakamilisha kazi yake hivyo tunatarajia kuwasilisha ripoti yetu mwezi Januari 2013 wakati wa kikao kingine cha Wakuu wa nchi wa AU,” alisema Mhe. Membe.

Kuhusu suala la fedha zilizotoweka Wizarani, Mhe. Membe alieleza kuwa hakuna fedha zilizopotea isipokuwa Wizara imewasimamisha kazi Watumishi watano waliofanya mchakato wa kuhamisha kiasi cha shilingi bilioni 3.5 kutoka Hazina kuja Wizarani kwa ajili ya ziara za Mhe. Rais za Addis Ababa, Geneva, Brazil na Arusha bila kibali cha Afisa Masuuli yaani Katibu Mkuu ambaye hakuwepo wakati mchakato huo unafanyika.

Aliongeza kuwa, Watumishi hao wamesimamishwa kazi ili kupisha uchunguzi unaofanywa na kamati iliyoundwa ili kujiridhisha kama taratibu za kifedha zilifuatwa au kukiukwa katika mchakato huo mzima.

“Tarehe 1 Machi, 2012 wakati mimi sipo Wizarani wala Naibu Waziri, Katibu Mkuu, Naibu Katibu Mkuu na Mhasibu Mkuu kuna mchakato wa kuhamisha fedha kiasi cha shilingi bilioni 3.5 ulifanywa kutoka Hazina kuja Wizarani kwa ajili ya safari za Mhe. Rais za Geneva, Addis Ababa, Brazil na Arusha bila kibali cha Afisa Masuuli. Timu inayojumuisha watu kutoka TAKUKURU, Usalama wa Taifa, Wizara na Ofisi ya Mkaguzi Mkuu wa Serikali imeundwa ili kuchunguza suala hilo ili kujua kama taratibu za kifedha zilifuatwa au kukiukwa na uchunguzi ukikamilika tutaweka hadharani hakuna cha kuficha,” alisema Mhe. Membe.

Vile vile, Mhe. Membe alipinga uvumi unaoenezwa kuwa amekitabiria ushindi Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) katika uchaguzi mkuu ujao wa mwaka 2015 kwa kusema kuwa yeye si mtabiri na kwamba yeye ni mwanachama halisi wa Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) kwa maneno na kwa matendo. Mhe. Membe aliongeza kuwa alichokifanya ni ukarimu kwa kuwakaribisha Vijana wa CHADEMA jimboni kwake Mtama mkoani Lindi na kushiriki nao chakula nyumbani kwake.

“Ukarimu hauna udini, rangi wala itikadi, vijana wa CHADEMA walikuja nikawakaribisha kwa chakula nyumbani, na leo nataka niwape somo kidogo, upinzani sio uadui, nchi inayoona upinzani ni uadui haiko salama wala haitaendelea,”alisisitiza Mhe. Membe.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Waziri Membe Kukutana na Wandishi Jumatatu

Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa, Mhe. Bernard Membe anatarajiwa kufanya mkutano na Waandishi wa Habari tarehe 18 June, 2012 katika Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa jijini Dar es salaam.

Waandishi wote wanakaribishwa.


Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Mhe. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Makamu wa Rais wa Rais, Mhe. Dakta Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa, Mhe. Bernard Membe (Mb.), Naibu Waziri, Mhe. Mahadhi Juma Maalim, Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi, Mhe Balozi Ombeni Sefue wakiwa na Mabalozi na Wakuu wa Idara wapya walioapishwa tarehe 11 Juni, 2012 Ikulu jijini Dar es salaam.

Siku ya kwanza Ofisini. Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Asia na Australasia, Balozi Mbelwa Kairuki akionga na Balozi wa Japan nchini Tanzania siku moja baada ya kuapishwa. Kabla ya kuteuli, Balozi Mbelwa alikuwa Msaidizi wa Rais (Hotuba).

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Rais Kikwete apokea hati za utambulisho



Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Mheshimiwa Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete leo, Jumatano, Juni 13, 2012, amepokea hati za utambulisho kutoka kwa mabalozi watano watakaoziwakilisha nchi zao katika Tanzania. Mabalozi wote watano wana makazi yao mjini Nairobi, Kenya.

Mabalozi waliowasilisha hati zao za utambulisho katika halfa zilizofanyika Ikulu, Dar es Salaam ni Balozi wa Philippines Mheshimiwa Domingo D. Lucenario, Balozi wa Ukraine Mheshimiwa Volodymyr Butiaha, Balozi wa Eritrea Mheshimiwa Beyene Russom Habtai, Balozi wa Ghana Mheshimiwa Kingsley Saka A. Karimu na Balozi wa Israel Mheshimiwa Gil Haskel.

Akizungumza na Balozi wa Philippines baada ya kuwa amepokea hati zake za utambulisho, Rais Kikwete amekubaliana na ombi la nchi hiyo kuteua balozi wa heshima ambaye atakuwa anafuatilia maslahi ya siku kwa siku ya nchi hiyo mjini Dar es Salaam ,kwa sababu Balozi Lucenario ana makazi yake mjini Nairobi, Kenya.

Rais Kikwete pia amemtaka Balozi Lucenario kusaidia kuyashawishi makampuni ya Philippines kuja kuwekeza nchini hasa katika maeneo ambako nchi hiyo ina ujuzi mkubwa kama vile uvuvi.

“Tuna eneo kubwa la bahari ambalo halitumiki kabisa kwa ajili ya uvuvi ambako samaki watavuliwa kisayansi na kwa namna ya kupata samaki wa kukidhi mahitaji ya ndani ya nchi na kutuwezesha kuuza nje,” Rais Kikwete amemwambia Balozi Lucenario.

Naye Balozi Butiaha wa Ukraine amemwambia Rais Kikwete kuwa nchi yake inapenda kuwahimiza wafanyabiashara wa nchi hiyo kuja kuwekeza katika uchumi wa Tanzania hasa katika maeneo ya usafirishaji, ulinzi, uendeshaji wa rasilimali za maji, mawasiliano, utengenezaji wa mabasi ya abiria, utengenezaji wa mabehewa ya treni, kuwekeza katika usafishaji maji kama wafanyabiashara hao walivyofanya katika nchi nyingine.

Balozi huyo amemwambia Rais Kikwete: “ Katika Nigeria tumewekeana mkataba wa kujenga kiwanda cha kufua chuma, katika Iran tumewekeza katika kiwanda cha kutengeneza ndege na katika Gambia tumewekeza katika utengenezaji wa meli na vyombo vingine vya bahari. Tunataka kufanya hivyo hapa kwa kushirikiana na wawekezaji wa ndani ili kuibua fursa za ajira.”

Katika mazungumzo na mabalozi wa Eritrea na Ghana, Rais Kikwete amesema kuwa Tanzania imedhamiria kuendeleza uhusiano mzuri uliopo kati ya Tanzania na nchi hizo mbili.

“Uhusiano wa Tanzania na Ghana ulianza miaka mingi toka enzi za Mwalimu Julius Nyerere na Kwame Nkurumah, wajibu wetu ni kuuendeleza, kuukuza na kuuboresha,” Rais Kikwete amemwambia Balozi Karimu wa Ghana.

Katika mazungumzo na Balozi Haskel wa Israel, Rais Kikwete ametaka Israel kuisaidia Tanzania kukuza kilimo cha matunda na mboga, eneo ambako nchi hiyo ya Mashariki ya Kati ina ujuzi na utaalam mkubwa.

Rais Kikwete pia ametumia muda mfupi kumweleza hali iliyoko Zanzibar kufuatia ghasia na fujo za karibu zilizofanywa na kikundi cha Uamsho katika Kisiwa hicho.

“Kama kweli kikundi cha Uamsho hakitaki Muungano basi siyo hoja; kiende kwenye Tume ya Katiba ambayo tayari tumeiunda ili kieleze msimamo wake. Hakuna ugomvi na hili. Isingekuwepo Tume tungeweza kuelewa, lakini tumekwisha kuunda Tume, wakatoe maoni yao huko. Lakini kufanya fujo na kuendesha vitendo vya mapambano hakuna faida. Wanachohubiri siyo tena dini bali ni ajenda ya kisiasa,” Rais Kikwete amemwambia  Balozi Haskel.

President Kikwete to receive Letters of Credence


H.E.Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania will on 13 June, 2012 receive Letters of Credence from five Ambassadors based in Nairobi Kenya but accredited to Tanzania. The Presentation of Letters of Credence ceremony will be held at the State House in Dar Es Salaam.


The Ambassadors lined up for the Presentation of Credentials include the Philipines Ambassador to Tanzania
H.E.Domingo D. Lucena, Ukrainian Ambassador, H.E. Volodymyr Butiaha, H.E. Ambassador Beyene Russom Habtai from Eritrea,H.E. Ambassador Kingsley Saka Abdul Karimu from Ghana and Israel Ambassador H.E Gil Haskel



Rais apokea Special Envoys kutoka DRC na Sudan Kusini



Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Mheshimiwa Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete leo, Jumatano, Juni 13, 2012, amepokea ujumbe maalum kutoka kwa wajumbe maalum wa marais Joseph Kabila wa Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Congo (DRC) na Mheshimiwa Salva Mayardit Kiir wa Jamhuri ya Sudan Kusini.

Ujumbe wa Rais Kabila umewasilishwa kwa Rais Kikwete na Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje wa DRC na Mjumbe Maalum wa Rais Kabila, Mheshimiwa Raymond Tschibanda wakati ujumbe wa Rais Kiir umewasilishwa na Mheshimiwa  Nhial Deng Nhial, Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje wa Sudan Kusini na Mjumbe Maalum wa Rais Kiir.

Rais Kabila katika ujumbe wake maalum kwa Rais Kikwete amemwelezea hali ya kiusalama ilivyo katika eneo la Kaskazini la Mkoa wa Kivu, Mashariki mwa DRC, kufuatia chokochoko na mapigano mapya yaliyoanzishwa na jambazi la kivita linalotafutwa kimataifa, Jenerali Bosco Ntaganda.

Mheshimiwa Tschibanda amemweleza Rais Kikwete jinsi vitendo cha Jenerali Ntaganda na wapiganaji ambao amesema awali idadi yao ilikuwa kati ya 200 na 250, lakini sasa imeanza kuongezeka, vinavyoleta hali ya wasiwasi na hofu mashariki mwa nchi hiyo hata kama shughuli za kikundi hicho zinaelezwa kuendeshwa katika eneo dogo lisilozidi kilomita za mraba kati ya tatu na tano.


“Mheshimiwa Rais, kwa jumla DRC imetulia kisiasa na kiusalama, lakini eneo la Kivu Kaskazini, mashariki mwa nchi yetu linaleta wasiwasi na hofu kubwa kwa sababu Jenerali Ntaganda ameanza tena chokochoko. Tuna ushahidi kuwa ameanza kupanua ukubwa wa kikundi cha wapigaji wake na amepata silaha kubwa,” Mheshimiwa Tschibanda amemwambia Rais Kikwete.

Naye Mheshimiwa Nhial amemweleza Rais Kikwete kuhusu mazungumzo ya karibuni kati ya Jamhuri ya Sudan Kusini na Sudan yaliyofuatia mapigano ya kugombea mpaka kati ya mataifa hayo mawili ambayo hadi mwaka jana yalikuwa nchi moja.

Katika ujumbe wake, Rais Kiir amemwomba Rais Kikwete kuunga mkono msimamo wa Sudan Kusini wa kutaka mzozo wa mpaka na rasilimali zilizoko katika eneo hilo la mpaka kati ya nchi hizo mbili upelekwe kwenye vyombo vya usuluhishi vya kimataifa kwa uamuzi wa mwisho.

Tanzania ni mwanachama wa Baraza la Amani na Usalama la Umoja wa Afrika (AU) na Sudan Kusini ingependa kuona Umoja huo unapanga muda wa kuzungumzia hali ya mpaka kati ya nchi hizo wakati wa Mkutano wa Wakuu wa Nchi Wanachama wa AU unaofanyika baadaye mwezi huu mjini Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.



……..Mwisho………..

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rais awaapisha Mabalozi wapya Mambo ya Nje

Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Mheshimiwa Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete leo amewapisha Wakurugenzi wapya tisa wa Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa ambao pia watakuwa na hadhi ya Kibalozi pamoja na Balozi mdogo wa Tanzania kwenye Umoja wa Mataifa.

Walioapishwa ni Ndugu Ramadhan Muombwa Mwinyi ambaye anakuwa Balozi Mdogo katika Ubalozi wa Tanzania kwneye Umoja wa Mataifa, Bw. Vincent Kibwana ambaye anakuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Afrika; Ndugu Naimi Aziz ambaye anakuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Ushirikiano wa Kikanda; Ndugu Celestine Mushy ambaye anakuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa; Ndugu Yahya Simba ambaye anakuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Mashariki ya Kati, na Ndugu Bertha Somi ambaye ameteuliwa kuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Diaspora.

Wengine ni Ndugu Irene Kasyanju aliyeteuliwa kuwa Mkurugenzi, Kitengo cha Sheria; Ndugu Dorah Msechu ambaye ameapishwa kuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Ulaya na Amerika, Ndugu Mbelwa Kairuki ambaye anakuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Asia na Australia, na Ndugu Silima Haji ambaye ameteuliwa kuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Mambo ya Nje, Zanzibar.

Kabla ya uteuzi wake, Ndugu Muombwa alikuwa Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi Katika Serikali ya Mapinduzi Zanzibar, Ndugu Kibwana alikuwa Afisa Mambo ya Nje Mkuu, Ndugu Naimi Aziz alikuwa Mkurugenzi Msaidizi, Ndugu Mushy alikuwa Kaimu Katibu wa Waziri Mkuu, Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu, Ndugu Simba alikuwa Afisa Mambo ya Nje Mkuu, na Ndugu Somi alikuwa Afisa Mambo ya Nje Mkuu.

Naye Ndugu Kasyanju alikuwa Mkurugenzi Msaidizi, Ndugu Msechu alikuwa Mkurugenzi Msaidizi, Ndugu Kairuki alikuwa Msaidizi wa Rais (Hotuba), Ofisi ya Rais, Ikulu na Ndugu Haji alikuwa Afisa Mambo ya Nje Mkuu.




Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ujerumani yaingia makubaliano na Tanzania


Serikali ya Tanzania na ya Ujerumani zimeweka saini Mkataba ambao utaruhusu wenza na wategemezi wa wafanyakazi katika Balozi kuweza kufanya kazi wakiwa katika nchi hizo.
 
Mkataba huo ulisainiwa jijini Dar es Salaam tarehe 8 Juni, 2012 kati ya Bw. John M. Haule, Katibu Mkuu wa Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa kwa niaba ya Serikali ya Tanzania na Mhe. Klause Peter Brandes, Balozi wa Ujerumani  hapa nchini kwa niaba ya ya Serikali yake.
 
Katika maelezo yake baada ya kusaini mkataba huo, Bw. Haule alisema kuwa kusainiwa kwa mkataba huo kutatoa fursa kwa wenza na wategemezi wa wanadiplomasia kufanya kazi wakiwa katika nchi hizo na kuwasaidia kuendeleza taaluma zao na kuongeza kipato katika familia zao.
 
“Dhumuni kubwa la kusaini mkataba huu leo ni kutoa fursa kwa wenza na wategemezi wa wanadiplomasia wetu katika Balozi kuweza kufanyakazi katika nchi hizi mbili na kwa mantiki hiyo wataweza kuendeleza taaluma zao na pia kuongeza kipato kwa familia zao” alisema Bw. Haule.
 
Aidha, aliongeza kuwa, Tanzania inakuwa nchi ya pili kwa Afrika kupata fursa hii ya kusaini mkataba na Ujerumani ambapo nchi nyingine ni Zambia. Vile vile, Tanzania imekwisha saini mkataba kama huu na nchi za Marekani na Canada.
 
Kwa upande wake Balozi Brandes alisema kuwa kusainiwa kwa mkataba huu ni kielelezo cha ushirikiano mzuri uliopo kati ya Tanzania na Ujerumani na kwamba ni moja ya mafanikio makubwa ya ushirikiano huo.
 

 
 

President Kikwete's Condelence Message to Kibaki

 
Message of condolences from H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania to H.E. Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya following the deaths of Hon. George Saitoti, Minister for Internal Security of the Republic of Kenya, his Deputy and other Government Officials.  The message reads as follows:
 
Your Excellency and Dear Brother,
 
I have received with great shock the sad news of the tragic deaths of Hon. Prof. George Saitoti, Minister for Internal Security of the Republic of Kenya and his Deputy, Hon. Orwa Ojode as well as other officials of the Government of the Republic of Kenya, which occurred in early hours of Sunday, 10th June, 2012, when a Police helicopter crashed in Kibiku area, in Ngong Forest, while they were on their way to join the people they serve for a fund raising activity.
 
On behalf of the Government and People of the United Republic of Tanzania, and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to Your Excellency and, through you, to the bereaved families and relatives as well as the Government and the entire brotherly People of the Republic of Kenya for the tragic deaths of the two Honourable Ministers and the officials who accompanied them.

It is indeed a great loss to your nation following the death of a long serving public servant like Hon. Saitoti who has served in various posts of the Government and became the long serving Vice President of the Republic of Kenya.  Equally, it is a great loss following the death of his Deputy, Hon. Ojode, as both of them were leaders of the same Ministry that plays a key role in ensuring the security of the country and its people.
 
At this difficult moment of sorrow and distress, we share your grief and pray to the Almighty God to give the bereaved families, relatives and all the people of Kenya strength and courage to endure the agony resulting from this great loss.  May the Almighty God rest the souls of all the deceased, who perished in that helicopter crash, in eternal peace.  
 
Please accept, Your Excellency and Dear Brother, the assurances of my highest consideration.
 
 
Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
President of the United Republic of Tanzania”
 
 
                DAR ES SALAAM, 10TH JUNE, 2012
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Nje Sports club beat NSSF 3-1 in Soccer pairing


Nje Sports Club yesterday put up a spirited fight to beat National Social Security Fund (NSSF) 3-1 in a tough soccer pairing held at the Leaders Club in Dar es salaam.

NjeSports Club were the most organised team the from the outset banking on a good defence led by Kombo Mohamed and Sam Sherukindo and striker Cosato Chumi. Nje suffered the first blow, when one of its fependable defender suffered mussle pull closer to the end of the first half.

Sam was replaced by a youthful defender, Cheka.


It was a combination of Nje's striker Ally Bujiku, Kosato Chuma and and Christopher Mwitula that enabled them to score most of the goals especially in the first half.

NSSF, wearing green sports outfit entered the pitch confidently but as time ticked, the team lost steam. NSSF's elusive defence of Kasimu Mwandolo will have to blamed for the poor show.

The two teams agreed for a pairing in two weeks time.

Friday, June 1, 2012

President Kikwete's opening speech at AfDB meet

KEY NOTE ADDRESS BY H.E. DR. JAKAYA MRISHO KIKWETE,
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA, AT THE OPENING OF THE 2012 ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AfDB) AND THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT FUND (ADF), MAY 31st , 2012 – ARUSHA

Chairman of the Board of Governors of AfDB;
Your Excellencies;
President Alassane Ouattara of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire;
Former President Festus Mogae of Botswana;  
Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of African Development Bank;
Honourable Governors and Executive Directors;
Dr. Omar Kabbaj, Former President of the ADB;
Representative of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco;
Excellencies Ambassadors;
Dear Partners and Friends;​
Distinguished Guests;
Ladies and Gentlemen:
It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the Government and the people of Tanzania and on my own behalf to welcome you all to our country and to Arusha in particular. Arusha is the hub of the northern tourist circuit of Tanzania.  All the world renowned game parks and the Mount Kilimanjaro are only a stone throw away.  Zanzibar is not too far away either. I hope you will spare time at the end of the meeting to visit them and cool-down after the intense discussions.  
We in Tanzania feel greatly honoured and privileged to host the 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank and the 38th Meeting of the African Development Fund.  This is the first time for Tanzania to host the Annual Meetings of the AfDB. I thank you Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the AfDB and the entire Board of Governors of the Bank for bestowing Tanzania with this rare honour.  
I commend you President Kaberuka and the organizers for a job very well done of organizing this meeting.  I applaud you for choosing a very opportune theme for this year’s Annual Meetings.  To me, the theme "Africa and the emerging global landscape: challenges and opportunities" captures well the current discourse on which Africa’s progress and aspiration are anchored.

Global Economic Situation
Mr. Chairman;
We are meeting against the backdrop of the second wave of the global economic crisis. During the first wave, four years ago, the world witnessed unprecedented upheavals including the financial meltdown, high food and oil prices and ultimately the economic slowdown.    According to IMF data, world economic growth declined from 5.4 percent in 2007 to -0.6 percent in 2009 before recovering to 3.9 percent in 2010.  The decline in the developed countries was from 2.8 percent in 2007 to -3.6 percent in 2009 before recovering modestly to 1.6 percent in 2012.  In Africa, growth declined from 7.1 percent in 2007 to 2.8 percent in 2009 and recovered to 5.3 percent in 2010. As you see developed economies were more affected than African economies, but that does not make us better off.
During the first wave of the global economic crisis, African economies were able to ride the storm partly because our financial markets were not fully integrated into the international financial system.  Also, because of stronger fiscal and external balances resulting from rapid growth, fiscal consolidation and the build up of foreign exchange reserves in the previous decade. I cannot predict what the situation would be in the ongoing second wave.  I say so because currently, our economies are not as strong as they were during the first crisis. We are now faced with the daunting challenge of sustaining the pace of growth in the midst of the uncertainties presented by the current global economic situation.  The process of recovery of the global economy is happening at a slower pace than expected. Moreover, the ongoing sovereign debt crisis in Europe and its threat to the stability of the euro amplifies the uncertainty and risks in the capital and commodity markets worldwide.
Ladies and Gentlemen;
In many of our countries in Africa, we now have to contend with inflationary pressures caused by high prices of food and fuel. At the same time, we are witnessing declines in markets for our traditional exports and in prices for our commodity.  There is also, decline in investment inflows and development assistance. Unemployment is on the rise and so are the challenges and dangers associated with it.  
All these developments are impacting negatively on our efforts to promote growth and eradicate poverty in our countries and erase it from the face of our dear continent. The achievements made in the social sectors are being seriously threatened with reversals.    It is now evident that many African countries may not be able to achieve most of the MDG targets come 2015.  These worrisome developments are causes of great concern to us.  I hope this meeting of the best minds on this continent will reflect on this situation and advise accordingly.  
Ladies and Gentlemen;
Despite the odds, Africa needs to continue to embrace the sound economic policies which engendered the progress being witnessed today.  We must strive to maintain macro-economic stability and sustain it through tackling high budget and overall external deficits.  We must, also, work tirelessly to reduce the high levels of inflation obtaining in many of our economies.  I know it is not easy but we must do whatever we can to keep inflation at single digit.  It is in the best interest of our nations and people.
I see regional integration, as a unique vehicle to assist Africa continue to build its capacities for self reliance and resilience against the uncertainties presented by the current crisis facing the global economy.  Through regional economic integration arrangements intra-African trade will increase, thus presenting additional and alternative markets for our goods.  When we trade more amongst ourselves the consequences of loss of markets in developed economies may be minimised.  
The truth of the matter is, there are times when we worry about international markets for our commodities while there is a huge market in next door country.  At times, also, we import goods from afar while a neighbouring country has them in abundance.  This happens because our markets are not integrated.  But, with regional integration and cooperation between different regional economic groupings trade can be facilitated and increased.  
Ladies and Gentlemen;
May I use this opportunity to appeal to the AfDB to increase its support to regional integration endeavours on the continent. The Bank should continue and increase its support infrastructure development in Africa.  I know you are doing a commendable job in this regard, but much more needs to be done.  We need to increase connectivity in Africa to facilitate growth in intra-African trade.  In this regard, we need more roads, railways, ports, airports and ICT to open up and increase market access in Africa.  These are heavy capital investment undertaking which many of countries alone cannot afford.  
​Opportunities
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Besides regional integration there are opportunities for alternative markets and sources of investment from the emerging economies of China, India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa.  These provide Africa with opportunities for increased trade and investment. In recent years,   African countries have witnessed a significant increase in trade, foreign direct investment and development assistance from these countries.  
These countries have greatly expanded their engagement with Africa, an engagement which is broadening the options for growth and presents real opportunities for the development of Africa.  Such engagement has enabled Africa to increase its share of global trade, FDI inflows and aid.  For example, trade with China alone rose more than ten times from USD 10.59 billion in 2000 to 126.9 billion in 2010.  
Within Africa, trade between our countries has increased remarkably. For example total intra-EAC trade increased from USD 2.2 billion in 2005 to USD 4.1 billion in 2010, an increase of 86 percent; and foreign direct investment increased from USD 688 million in 2000 to USD 1.7 billion in 2010. These are but a few examples of the existing alternative opportunities which if well exploited could steer African development to greater heights.
Ladies and Gentlemen;
I have no doubt in my mind that Africa is poised to become the world’s new economic power house for the 21st century.  With its endowment in both natural and human resources, the pursuit of sound economic policies, and with democracy, good governance, respect for rule of law and human rights being entrenched nothing will stop Africa from getting there.
Currently, 11 of world’s 20 fastest economies are in Africa.  The IMF projects that over the next decade six of world’s fastest growing economies will be in Africa.  Also eleven African countries, rank among the top ten sources for at least one major mineral in the world. Africa has 10 percent of the world’s reserves of oil, 50 percent of gold, 98 percent of chromium, 90 percent of the world’s cobalt and platinum group of metals, 70 percent of tantaline, 64 percent of manganese and one third of the world’s uranium.
Fortunately, this huge potential has not yet been fully harnessed and utilized.  Even the little that has been extracted much of it is being exported raw.  With the current awakening and the drive to stop being perpetual exporters of primary products and become exporters of processed or semi processed goods, things should work well for us.   When that is done Africa’s contribution to the world economy will definitely be quite significant.  
World’s Bread Basket
Ladies and Gentlemen;​
Africa has 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated arable land.  With relatively abundant water resources for irrigation and permissive climate for agriculture, Africa has the potential of becoming the granary of this planet.  In this regard, what is required of us is to modernize our agriculture.  Transform it from its current state of being predominantly peasant, traditional, backward, less productive and subsistent to a modern, highly productive and commercial agriculture.
This requires increased investments by our governments, development partners and private sector in mechanization, irrigation, availability and the use of high yielding seeds, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.  There is also need to increase extension services so as to impart skills to the peasant farmers, provide them with financial services and improve crop market and rural infrastructure.  If these things are done, Africa can feed itself and the world while at the same time lifting millions of people out of poverty through increased production and incomes.  The African Development Bank has a very important role to play now and in future.  I know you are doing it but I would like to implore you to increase more funding for the development of agriculture in Africa.      
Ladies and Gentlemen;
As you all know, the biggest obstacle to effective utilisation of Africa’s potential and overall growth is poor infrastructure.  Today, Africa’s physical infrastructure remains highly under developed in the 50 years of its Independence. For Africa to be able to fully exploit its potential and promote intra-regional trade, it has to develop efficient connectivity in terms of roads, railways, ports, air transport and waterways. Africa also has to ensure reliable availability of electricity.  Fortunately, there are plenty of energy resources including hydro, natural gas, coal, oil, uranium, solar and wind.  Unfortunately, all these require heavy capital investments, which African governments alone cannot provide.  Financial institutions like AfDB and others have an important role to play to fill the gap.
Industrialization
Ladies and Gentlemen;
​As alluded to earlier, African countries cannot continue to depend on export of raw material whose prices are volatile. This price volatility leads to low and unstable export earnings.  Hence, value addition through industrial processing is a key strategy that Africa must implement.  Many African countries are endowed with natural resources and agricultural products that can be used as raw materials in domestic manufacturing and processing industries.  Africa can also take advantage of its low labour costs to attract industries that are relocating from high production cost countries.  Development of SME which are generally low capital enterprises holds key potential for Africa.
Mr. Chairman;
Human resource development is another important factor for sustaining economic growth, human development and empowerment of people. I know there has been notable progress made particularly with regard to education and training.  But, compared to progress made in other continents Africa lags too far behind.  We have to catch up with the others.  Therefore, we need to invest more especially in science education at all levels so that our countries leverage science and technology for Africa’s development.  But we also need to increase investment in vocational training and skills enhancement.
Since ICT is a critical element that can help to enhance production and service delivery in various sectors, Africa must properly anchor ICT in its development strategy.  AFDB’s support in promoting science education in Africa is highly appreciated.  However, we beseech you to continue supporting Africa and increase resources for that purpose for development of ICT infrastructure.
Excellencies;
Ladies and Gentlemen;
Africa has great potential in the field of tourism.  Indeed, tourism is already one of the leading foreign exchange earners and job creators.  This is one sector which presents a huge potential for growth in future.  Currently, Africa’s share of world tourism is marginal. Statistics show that in 2010, out of 940 million tourists in the world only 49 million came to Africa.  Reasons are not far to find. Africa is least served with air flights of all continents.  Again air fares to Africa are much higher than for similar distance in Europe, America, and Asia.
In our countries the tourist infrastructure such as hotels, transport, airlines, airports, sea vessels, tourist trains etc are less developed.  We need to invest more in the development of this sector because its potential is huge.  Africa has unique tourist attractions.  If our countries can be assisted in the development of the requisite infrastructure this potential can readily be harnessed.  With its high multiplier effect in the economy this sector deserves special attention by government and financial institutions like the AfDB.  
Potential Future Role of the AfDB
Mr. Chairman,
AfDB has been Africa’s dependable partner in development since its establishment in 1964. We can attest with confidence that the Bank has played a dynamic role in promoting Africa’s development agenda. The Bank has a deep knowledge of the continent and necessary passion for Africa’s development.  The Bank has made tremendous contribution towards promoting Africa’s growth in this regard.  I still believe the Bank can do more, and has to do more, now and in future to advance Africa’s development agenda. My expectation is not farfetched; it is based on the AfDB track record over the many years.
I am glad that this meeting coincides with the formulation of the AfDB new ten years Long Term Strategy 2013-2022 that will replace its current Medium Term Strategy for 2008-2012. I find it befitting to seize this opportunity to put forward three proposals for consideration:
a. The financing gap to upgrade and advance Africa’s infrastructure has to be addressed.  Inadequate and poor infrastructure is a major constraint to Africa’s development.  If successfully addressed, Africa’s pace of growth and development will be enhanced tremendously.  Failure to do so will make our economies to remain weak and vulnerable. I am pitching for infrastructure because the quality of infrastructure is a major factor in determining an economy’s competitiveness and prospects for growth. Unfortunately the situation in Africa is not that good.
Let me share with you some of the statistics which speak volumes about the situation.  These are statistics for the last three years which up to now shows no significant change has happened.  In electricity, Africa’s average access to electricity is only 25 percent and the World Bank estimates that by 2020 about 60 percent of our continent will still be without power.  Per capita consumption of electricity is 62 kilowatts while that of the United States is 12,343 kilowatts.  Africa’s road density is 7 km per 100sq.km and only 12 – 17 percent is paved.  About 80 percent of the unpaved roads are accessible seasonally.
Africa needs financial and technical support to upgrade and advance its infrastructure.  I know, as mentioned earlier, the AfDB is doing a lot in this regard, and I can personally attest with regard to the support extended to our country.  However, a lot more needs to be done in view of the prevailing situation in Africa.  We welcome more support from bilateral and multilateral donors as well as private sector partners.  

b. Regarding agriculture, I believe the Bank can play an important role in helping African countries to transform their agriculture. Many African countries have prepared their national agriculture investment plans which are in line with AU’s CAADP.  What is needed in this regard is additional financial resources to enable them implement these plans.  I am confident that the Bank will stand ready to continue to assist African governments and the private sector engaged in agriculture.  

c. The AFDB can also play a key role in industrialization in Africa, through supporting growth of manufacturing and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and the private sector.  Africa has a huge potential of developing a vibrant industrial sector, because of its huge raw material base and improved investment environment.  SMEs, if developed can play an important role in this endeavour. These will ease unemployment problem by creating jobs for the youth and fastest growing segments of the poor and unemployed in urban areas.  What is required is financial, technical and technological support mechanisms to governments and entrepreneurs in Africa to invest in manufacturing.  
Conclusion
Mr. President;
Ladies and Gentlemen;
The AfDB under the able and exemplary leadership of President Kaberuka, with the guidance of the Board of Governors has been doing a wonderful job.  The Bank has made a huge difference in promoting Africa’s development.  I am sure the Bank will do much more to meet our expectations and effectively rise to the many challenges.  But to do so the Bank needs the continued support of all of us.  At this juncture, I would like to thank the Bank Shareholders for supporting the Bank through the many years.  Let us continue to do so now and in future.  Let us continue to facilitate the Bank so as to enable to fulfil its vision and mission of supporting of Africa’s development endeavour.  Tanzania promises to play its part.
Before I conclude, let me add a word of appreciation to the Bank and the Government of Denmark for the establishment of African Guarantee Fund to support young people in business.  I welcome the initiative because unemployment is a growing challenge in all our countries.  I hope many more donors will join hands with AfDB and government of Denmark to increase resources to this Fund.  In the same vein, I welcome the establishment of the Aquans Fun of Funds for agriculture value addition.  Its important cannot be overemphasized.  
I wish you fruitful deliberations and we look forward with great anticipation to the outcome of your meeting.  After those many words, I hereby declare open the 47th Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank and the 38th Meeting of the African Development Fund.
Thank you for your kind attention.