Tanzania-USA Bilateral Relations
Tanzania and United States of America (USA) enjoy good cooperation and collaboration in various fields of development over the years. The administrations of the two countries through their respective foreign affairs ministries link very well and promote their common interests for the mutual benefit of their citizens.
The USA president Barack Obama and his Tanzanian counterpart Mr. Jakaya Kikwete are also in good talking terms. This also extends to USA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Tanzanian Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation counterpart Mr. Membe.
USA Ambassador to Republic of Tanzania Mr. Alfonso Lenhard is convinced that Tanzania is moving in the right direction in her socio-economic and development endeavour. The envoy who is based in the city of Dar-es-Salaam is well grounded in his nature of tour in the vast East African country.
To the Ambassador, the USA mission to Tanzania promotes a democratic, well-governed, prosperous, healthy and secure Tanzania, and supports institutions to improve governance, counter corruption and enhance delivery of services.
The USA work with Tanzanian partners to foster sustained economic growth through transport, energy and water infrastructure; debt management; natural resource management; improved business and investment climate; increased credit access; food security; and quality education.
To strengthen Tanzania’s social and economic advancement, the USA promotes poverty reduction measures by empowering women and other engines of economic growth in agriculture to enhance the country’s staple food supply for greater food security and nutrition.
Ambassador Lenhard also points out that the USA invest in road, water and energy infrastructure to lower the cost of agricultural production and marketing, and champions U.S.-Tanzania trade and business activities in the East African country.
The USA acknowledges Tanzania’s democratic, peaceful and honest fashion of political leadership as exemplified by the good track record in the management of its national elections which are free and fair.However, the USA is of the view that Zanzibar requires peaceful, constructive and fair politics which are non-controversial and non-violent election, and acceptable to all parties and citizens.
The USA also appreciates Tanzania’s unity and social harmony which was constructed after independence especially by the country’s founding father Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. Therefore the country’s legal and political system must provide the citizens with real choice and their collective decisions must reign supreme.
It is generally acceptable that competition in both the economic and political arenas produces the best range of choices for citizens, and progress arises from the cumulative free choices of the citizenry. In conclusion, the two countries need each other and their bilateral relations ought to be mutual and in tandem with the post cold war politics, trade, foreign policy and diplomacy.