Speaking at the Zanzibar State House yesterday after holding talks with the minister, Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, Dr Mwinyi, said Zanzibar’s economic growth depends on ambassadors representing Tanzania abroad doing a good job.
The Isles have a variety of commodities including spices that could be exported and earn Zanzibar foreign currencies, he asserted, noting that Zanzibar has been importing most consumption goods while exporting just a few goods to countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
“Improved economic diplomacy would enhance economic growth by enhanced investments, productivity and reliable markets for our goods. We need this input to be able to secure markets for crops and manufactured goods,” he declared.
Apart from UAE and Oman, there are several other countries wishing to obtain products from Zanzibar, hence the need to link the Zanzibar business community with counterparts elsewhere, he stated.
“The ministry must forge links between local and foreign business communities especially in Arab countries,” he urged, highlighting the need for the government to consider giving citizenship to Tanzanians living abroad (Diaspora) to enable them to contribute to the country’s development.
Zanzibar is determined to ensure economic growth through investments in the blue economy as its geographical location provides a number of opportunities in the marine sector, he stated, emphasizing that maritime resources can provide Zanzibaris with numerous decent jobs and other income generating opportunities.
Ambassador Mulamula had earlier pledged to closely work with the Zanzibar government, pointing out that the ministry has been cooperating with Zanzibar government officials in the conduct of its responsibilities.
She acknowledged the Isles president’s efforts in uniting Zanzibaris by forming the Government of National Unity (GNU) which she said improves the wider atmosphere in which the foreign ministry pursues its tasks.
The GNU has attracted a broad range of stakeholders who are now interested in working as well as investing in the Isles, she remarked, praising the Isles leader for taking up the gender aspect in appointments of various government officials.
On the issue of the Diaspora, the minister said the government is working on the matter whereas it is now reviewing the National Diaspora Policy of 2001.