Tanzanians in diaspora contributed $189.13million into country in 2020

02Jun 2021
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
Tanzanians in diaspora contributed $189.13million into country in 2020

​​​​​​​TANZANIANS in the diaspora have remitted a total of $189.13 million into the country in 2020, Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation minister, told National Assembly  yesterday.

Liberata Mulamula.

Ambassador Liberata Mulamula made the remarks when she tabled budget estimates for her ministry in Dodoma yesterday saying the remitted amount was recorded by the Bank of Tanzania (BoT).

During the same period Tanzanians in the diaspora bought houses from the National Housing Corporation (NHC) worth 423.8m/-,Mulamula told the House in the capital Dodoma.

“The Tanzanian in  diaspora have been playing a major role in contributing to the country’s economic development,” said the country’s top diplomat when she tabled her ministry’s budget proposals for the 2021/2022 financial year.

She said in August 2020, her ministry organised a video conference for the Tanzanian in diaspora in Britain and Northern Ireland that was aimed at enabling them to look for markets for goods manufactured in Tanzania.

Mulamula said during the previous financial year, the ministry managed to implement various initiatives aimed at promoting the country’s economic diplomacy.

“The ministry coordinated the first state visit of President Samia Suluhu Hassan to the Republic of Kenya which had played a key role in promoting integration between the two countries,” she said.

During the ending financial year, the minister said her ministry opened Tanzania’s representative office in Jarkata, Indonesia which will be operating as a consul but also coordinate and offer services to people who wish to visit Tanzania.

Later during the day, the Parliament Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Security and Defence called upon the government to finalise the preparation of the foreign affairs policy as promised in the 2020/21 financial year due to its importance and needs currently.

The committee via one of its members, Zahoro Haji said the government should also come up with a strategy to end the shortage of resources in the country’s foreign missions which was tainting the image of the country.

“The government should intensify efforts to administer the country’s embassies so that they embark on marketing the country abroad,” he said.

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