Continuing with the trend of Chinese visiting Tanzania, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao arrived in Tanzania for a six day official visit. the was welcomed by Tanzania’s Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda and other high-raking government officials including Minister of State in President’s Office (Good Governance), George Mkuchika and Arusha Regional Commissioner, Magesa Mulongo.
On Monday the Chinese Vice President proceeded to proceeded to Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA)—one of Africa’s most important wildlife sanctuaries and considered one of the wonders of Africa. Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao poured praises on the conservation area for its beauty, diversity and wonderment of the conservation. Tourism experts in Tanzania believe his visit will boost tourist visit to the NCAA significantly. China is already an emerging market for Tanzania’s tourism industry with more and more Chinese arriving for safaris in Tanzania every season, this visit by the Chinese VP is bound to attract more of his countrymen to this very exciting tourist destination.
The Chinese envoy went to Dar es Salaam for other official activities, including attendance a series of important events such as the 2nd Tanzania- China Investment Forum, the foundation laying ceremony of the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation Square and visiting several China-Tanzania cooperation projects. Vice-President Yuanchao is also expected to hold bilateral talks with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and other top Tanzanian officials further strengthening China-Tanzania ties. Tanzania tourism board has been promoting tourism in Tanzania in various countries over the world and one of these is china. Marketing and promoting tourism in Tanzania has been very fruitful for Tanzania. The number of tourist traffic between the two countries is expected to grow significantly by the end of this year.
As the Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao visits the country, the Chinese government has pledged to offer scholarships to Tanzanian students to study vocational education in China for the purpose of promoting and maintaining good relations existing between the two countries. The promise was made over the weekend in Dar es Salaam by Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) member, Dr Annie Wu following an official invitation from Tanzania’s President, Jakaya Kikwete. Wu held talks with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Prof Sifuni Mchome, at the ministry. Commenting, Mchome said China’s support comes at a time when it is much needed given ongoing efforts in the country to improve vocational training in a bid to prepare youth for self-employment. For tourism in Tanzania it is of course the visit to Ngorongoro conservation that is the highlight the Chinese leader’s visit.