Inside Tanzania’s President Suluhu’s agenda during two-day visit to Kenya

File image of President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking with Tanzania's President Samia

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan will arrive in Nairobi on Tuesday, 04 May 2021 for a two-day state visit.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will receive his Tanzanian counterpart at State House, Nairobi on the same day.

The meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta will mark the end of a protracted period of shaky relationship between the two neighbours that has affected trade.

The discussion will range from bilateral matters and areas of cooperation in terms of regional trade policies that have suffered tensions in recent years.

The Tanzanian President will thereafter hold a roundtable discussion with the local business community and private sector.

The agenda here will be to invite investors, letting them know that Tanzania is open for business and addressing concerns that affected trade and investment during the reign of her predecessor, the late President John Pombe Magufuli.

Reports indicate that President Suluhu is keen on revising the hostile economic policies introduced by her predecessor John Pombe Magufuli – that were particularly punitive on Kenyan-owned businesses. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta greeting Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu during the funeral service of the Late John Magufuli

Investors have suffered losses due to the tense trade ties between the two countries that have caused the destruction and seizure of goods.

President Suluhu has embarked on an aggressive campaign to market Tanzania as an investment destination in what her administration has termed as economic diplomacy.

This was made clear in her first address to parliament after assuming office when she communicated that her administration would promote investments by creating a good business environment.

“The government will be taking specific steps to promote investment by looking into investment policies, laws, and regulations, remove clauses that are hampering smooth investments, including unpredictable policies, an unstable tax system and unnecessary bureaucracies,” she stressed.

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