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Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. The Tanzania High Commission in Abuja heartily welcomes people from all nations to visit Tanzania for leisure, tourism, investment and trade. A visit to Tanzania will surely delight and excite anyone who visits this beautiful land and meets its people. The serene sandy and pristine beaches on the spice islands of Zanzibar shores and the coastline of mainland Tanzania, the great lakes as well as the world-class game parks like Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, Selous Game Reserve and Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest in Africa) as well as the historic ruins of Bagamoyo and Kilwa, Chato-Buligi and Rumanyika national parks, should give one a holiday to remember for many years. Last but not least Tanzania is home of Kiswahili language which is spoken by – people predominantly in Eastern, Southern and Central Africa.

Besides, there are many historic sites and beautiful scenic places to comfort visitors as well as world class conference facilities for advancing knowledge frontiers and networking. The country is a beacon of unity, peace and harmony. Tanzania led the frontline states during the liberation struggles in southern Africa countries and beyond. The country has ample investment and business opportunities. Agriculture, tourism, trade, mining, manufacturing, fishing and services such as trade, ICT and transportation present the greatest opportunities in this regard. The investment climate is permissive and the long enduring political stability, demonstrated by six decades of peaceful transfer of power at the highest level of government presents additional incentive.

Since attaining independence in 1961, Tanzania has been led by five elected Presidents through democratic peaceful, free and fair elections consonant with the constitution. The first President and Father of the Nation, the late Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere was in power from 1961-1985.  He was succeeded by H.E. President Ali Hassan Mwinyi (1985-1995); who paved the way for H.E. President William Benjamin Mkapa (1995-2005) who also served as Tanzania High Commission to Nigeria from 1976 to 1977. President Mkapa handed over the Presidency to H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who led the fourth phase government from 2005-2015. The fifth phase President is H.E. Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli who was elected in 2015. Such a smooth transition and transfer of power attests to the fact that the United Republic of Tanzania is a beacon of peace and democracy in the African Region.

Economically, Tanzania is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Over last decade, Tanzania has experienced an average of 7% GDP growth largely from the vast natural resources and tourism. Recent discoveries of natural gas on land and offshore as well as helium gas have made Tanzania one of the most vibrant economies in the region. Tanzania has already joined the ranks of Middle Income Countries (MIC). Under the able leadership of President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli following the rigors and deliverables of his predecessors, has continued to preserve the peace and unity in the United Republic of Tanzania. He has championed the implementation of  pro-people socio-economic  development projects. Some of the notable achievements during his first term in office (2015-2020) include cash procurement of eight brand new commercial Aircrafts: five Bombardier planes, two Air Buses, and a Boeing Dreamliner for Air Tanzania Corporation.  Other deliverables of President Magufuli includes: free education from standard one to form four, construction of Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), construction of Mwalimu Nyerere Hydro Electric Power station with the capacity to produce 2115 megawatts, an exemplary pace of rural electrification, and the transferring the government headquarters from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma. Furthermore, he almost doubled domestic revenue collection from about an average of Tsh 0.8trillion in 2015 to about an average of 1.4 trillion in 2019. Other achievements are combating corruption and eradicating public fund embezzlement as well as instilling ethical conduct and fiscal discipline in the public service.