Address By H.E. Baraka H. Luvanda, High Commissioner Of The United Republic Of Tanzania At The Occasion Of Courtesy Call On Her Excellency Halimah Yacob, President Of The Republic Of Singapore, Istana, Singapore 28th June 2018.

Honorable Ganesh Gupta,
President, Federation of Indian Export Organization (FIEO),

FIEO Director General,

Distinguished Eminent Speakers in the Dias,

Dear Participants & Friends,

Ladies & Gentlemen.

Namaskkaram! Jambo!


Mister President,

I would like to sincerely thank FIEO for organizing, once again, this interactive session for Tanzania.

I also want to thank you for including me to make a few remarks or rather to share with this august audience some useful information on trade and investment opportunities that exist in abundance in Tanzania.

At first glance, I must admit it is a tempting indulgence. We have right here an audience that has all the details on the subject-matter.

Indians and Tanzanians have just coexisted harmoniously for many decades. So, attempting to speak about their culture, business, trade, investment and people to people interaction is - by the French expression – a déjà vu. Actually, and also to be honest, it carries the risk of overburdening all the impressive statement(s) by your good self and others in the Dias.

But Mr. President, permit me to express our sincere thanks to the Government and the people of India for the continued interest in Tanzania that has been growing by the day.

After we have had a similar interactive session last year in the run up to the 13th Edition, I was informed that we had 42 Indian Companies which attended the event in Dar es Salaam!

It was such a success story, by any standard and for this, we want to register our sincere thanks to FIEO and all those who were somehow involved in those preparations.

I do hope and believe that with the participation of all these men and women in this room today, we should be having not less 70 companies in the 14th Edition that is being planned for 1-3 December 2018 in Dar es Salaam.

Mister President, Dear Participants,

As I have intimated, our bilateral relations with India continue to grow at different levels, largely driven by our shared ideological commitments to anti-colonialism, anti-racism as well as our shared vision through South-South Cooperation Indeed, when we were celebrating the 54 years of the Union between Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar in April this year, we were also celebrating 57 years of our diplomatic relations with India.

In those many years, our two countries have experienced a vibrant business and commercial relationship driven by various initiatives such as the Joint Trade Commission, the Indo-Tanzania Trade Shows, the Joint Permanent Commission and many more initiatives, including, those by our private sectors.

I am pleased to inform you that the Joint Permanent Commission is scheduled to take place in New Delhi on 15-16 October 2018 with the possibility of having Indo-Tanzania Business Forum for which we will be asking all of you to take part.

Mister President, Distinguished Participants,

After I have given these (few) general remarks, I would like to run you through the few power point slides that will elaborate more on the trade and investment opportunities in Tanzania.

I thank you for your kind attention.