DAR ES SALAAM — Chinese ambassador Wang Ke on Nov 9 said that China will continue to strengthen cooperation with Tanzania and contribute to the east African nation’s industrialization drive.
Wang said China’s cooperation with the east African nation will become stronger and opener, bringing more opportunities for bilateral cooperation and the development of Tanzania.
“I believe that in the future, under the leadership of President Magufuli and the fifth phase government, with the common efforts of Tanzanian people, the ‘Tanzanian Dream’ of turning into an industrialized and middle income country will surely become true,” she told her maiden news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
The envoy said Tanzania enjoyed many unique advantages like geographic location, rich natural and human resources, and the long traditional friendship with China.
She said: “Tanzania lies in the natural extension of ‘Belt and Road’ initiative in Africa, and is among the pilot countries for China-Africa capacity cooperation.”
“As the new Chinese Ambassador, I will spare no efforts in fulfilling my mission... and strive to achieve more real results through cooperation...” said Wang.
She said Chinese companies have built a number of mega projects in Tanzania, including roads and bridges, creating 150,000 jobs.
“Their work have made remarkable contribution to the development of infrastructure, job creation and human resource training in Tanzania,” said Wang.
The diplomat added that China has been the largest trading partner of Tanzania for many years with 350,000 Tanzanians engaging in jobs relevant to trade with China.
“There is no excuse for China-Tanzania cooperation to fall behind. Joint efforts are needed... Enterprises should enjoy support and policy facilitation from governments,” said Wang.