Posted on :Monday , 3rd May 2021
On 21st April 2021, the President of Tanzania, Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan met with the leaders of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in the country to discuss the various issues pertaining to trade and investment.
The Chinese leaders led by Mr. Janson Huang guaranteed President Suluhu that they are ready to cooperate with the 6th Phase Government in economic growth and uplifting the welfare of the people through major investments of more than 800 Chinese companies.
The companies are ready to invest in Tanzania in manufacturing pharmaceuticals, telecoms, and automotive, and to establish Industrial Parks.
They will also enable Tanzanians to acquire new skills by financing access to Tanzanian and Chinese colleges in various fields including tourism and engineering.
For her part, President Samia Suluhu assured the Chinese leaders that the 6th Phase Government will further improve the investment and business environment by tackling various challenges hindering investments.
Chinese Investments in Tanzania
China is Tanzaniaâ€™s Number 1 investor in the country. In the year 2019, the outflow of FDI from China to Tanzania reached US$ 115 million out of a total of US$ 1.1 billion in FDI. This was -35 per cent less than US$ 177 million in Chinese investments in 2018 and a record US$ 226 million in 2015.
Last year In December, the late Tanzanian President John Magufuli and Chinese President Xi Jinping talked about further strengthening relations and cooperation, especially in economic matters during an hour-long phone call.
President John Magufuli also asked China to cooperate with Tanzania in investing in large projects by providing cheap loans. Some of these projects are the 358 MW and the 222 MW power plants on the Ruhudji river and the Rumakali river, and the construction of roads in Zanzibar.
In January 2021, Magufuli and Chinaâ€™s Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi signed the agreement for the construction of the 5th phase of the new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).