Speaking during the gala to commemorate the relations in Dar es Salaam, the Minister for Education, Science and Technology Prof Joyce Ndalichako said that the relations have brought a number of positive achievements including strengthening of bilateral trade and investment relations.
Co-organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation and the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania, the gala brought together members of the diplomatic corps, academicians and students from both countries.
It was on April 26, 1964, the first Union Day of Tanzania, that the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations with the United Republic of Tanzania, which made China among the first group of countries establishing diplomatic relations with Tanzania.
Prof Ndalichako said in celebrating the 55 years, Tanzania has benefited a lot which include implementation of various landmark projects Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA), the imposing University of Dar es Salaam library, the Nyerere Bridge, the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute and the Julius Nyerere International Convention Center, among others.
“China has also been sponsoring at least 100 Tanzanians to pursue higher studies in various fields in Chinese varsities,”
She also said that investment projects in Tanzania for the year 2017 created more than 87,000 job opportunities benefiting mostly young locals who were grappling for employment for years.
Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, Wang Ke said that Tanzania-China relation was founded by the two countries first presidents; Late Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Mao Ze Dong of China.
“During the past 55 years, China and Tanzania developed pragmatic cooperation with rich achievements in multiple forms, including aid, trade, investment, financing, and in a wide range of areas such as infrastructure, industry, agriculture and mining,” she said.
The envoy said recent years have witnessed the continuous deepening of strategic trust between the two countries, increasingly close bilateral communications in various fields and levels, including national and local governments, political parties and legislative bodies.