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Your Excellency, WANG Ke, Ambassador of People's Republic of China to Tanzania,

Your Excellencies Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Heads of International Organizations present,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening.

At the outset allow me to express my profound gratitude to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China for inviting me to this auspicious occasion to commemorate the Seventieth (70th) Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. This distinguished gathering here tonight is a testimony of how much we all value the friendship we have with the People's Republic of China.


Ladies and Gentlemen;

In consideration of the five thousand years of Chinese civilization, seventy years may seem a short period time. But if you look at what has been achieved over the past seventy years, we cannot but be impressed. Over the past seventy years, China has gone through tremendous transformation. This transformation has positively affected hundreds of millions of Chinese, placed China in a respected place in the comity of nations. China now has one fifth of the world's population and is one of the largest economies in the world to be precise, the second largest economy in the world.

Indeed, The Global Innovation Index (GII) replicated in the report by the World Intellectual Property Organization of 24th July, 2019; which ranked 129 economies based on 80 indicators, shows that China moved up three places to 14th among the world's most innovative countries this year. China remained in first place in quality of innovation among middle- income economies for the seventh consecutive year, and achieved the top spot in patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial designs by origin, as well as hi-tech and creative goods exports. China also ranked second only to the US in 18 of the top 100 science and technology clusters.

These transformations are remarkable and must always inspire us as we struggle to evolve into an industrial led economy come 2025. They remind us of the need to embrace hard working, self-sacrificing and above all the respect for humanity as we endeavor to revolutionize our economy.


Ladies and Gentlemen;

China's seven decade history has witnessed remarkable achievements worthy of commemoration. If I were to narrate all the recorded achievements, I will spend the whole evening. Therefore, allow me to point out three key messages that in my view, summarizes China's achievements in the last 70 years. The first message is all-around development. Since the founding of New China, China's development has been people oriented and aimed at meeting people's aspiration for a better life. While building a strong economy, China has also pursued balanced development in all aspects. The second message is exchange and mutual learning. Exchange and mutual learning enrich civilizations. Through various initiatives particularly Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) a wealth of experience and learning have been shared between the people of China and the world. Undeniably, these two initiatives are earth shaking initiatives aimed at putting in place a horizon of cooperation for mutual benefit of all participating countries.

The third message is win-win cooperation. We are all witness to China's openness to forge win-win cooperation without discrimination. This is aptly distinguished following the decision of China, 41 years ago to embrace reforms and opening up that created the opportunity for the entire world to benefit from.


Ladies and Gentlemen;

As we celebrate 70th Anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China, we are also commemorating 55 years of diplomatic relations between the United Republic of Tanzania and the People's Republic of China.

These diplomatic relations have endured into an all-weather relationship rightly said by Mwalimu Julius Kambarage as Nyerere, Founding Father of the Nation and First President of the United Republic of Tanzania that, "the People's Republic of China is a special and endear friend and we now have a friend and great new friend, and friend from whom we were barred in the days of colonialism".


Ladies and Gentlemen;

In the past 55 years, the development of China-Tanzania relationship be summed up by the following three characteristics:

Firstly, it is an enduring friendship; from the outset of our bilateral relations, China has assisted Tanzania with a variety of generous economic aid programs in spite of its limited economic strength. The most notable early aid project was the Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA). TAZARA remains the biggest complete set of project, China has ever undertaken in overseas aid items.

Likewise, you will agree with me Your Excellency that China's decades journey would be incomplete without mentioning the role played by Tanzania and other developing countries in restoration of the People's Republic of China's lawful rights in the United Nations by the 26th United Nations General Assembly in 1971. It was certainly protracted a struggle by China and much justice upholding African countries and other countries whose dividends we are enjoying today through many roles that China plays as a responsible member of the international community.

Secondly, robust practical cooperation. Tanzania has had a great share of benefit from its cooperation with the People's Republic of China. A cooperation that has evolved into a modern, strategic and pragmatic relationship with greater and diversified economic engagement in trade, infrastructure projects and investments. China remains Tanzania's largest trading partner, with 19.3% of Tanzania's imports in 2017/2018 originating from China. China is also Tanzania's largest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) with investment stock of over 700 projects valued at USD 7.1 billion and creating eighty seven thousands (87,000) jobs. Speedy Over finalization of the commencement of Air Tanzania (ATCL) direct flights from Dar es Salaam to Guangzhou, would serve to enhance and consolidate mobility of people, trade interaction and tourism not only between China and Tanzania but also between China and East and Southern Africa.

Thirdly, profound people-to-people exchanges; China has continuously dispatched up to 2,000 medical workers to Tanzania for 55 consecutive years and they have been warmly welcomed by Tanzanians. The growing number of Tanzanian students in China has reached 4,000 to date. The establishment of Confucius Institutes in various Tanzania Universities together with cultural activities has increased interactions between Tanzania and China thus transcending the economic, financial and technical relations between our two countries from traditional Government-to-Government engagement to include exchanges between private companies and individual businessmen and women. Tanzania is keen to enhance these social and economic exchanges by opening a Consulate in Guangzhou this financial year 2019/2020.


Ladies and Gentlemen;

To some it all- the ever-closer people-to-people exchanges between China and Tanzania have enriched our people's life. This is the best example of win-win cooperation.

I am confident that an ever-developing China will create broader prospects for our two countries to engage in more fruitful cooperation.

I can assure you, Your Excellency that the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and its people have always taken China as the genuine friend and reliable partner. We shall remain supportive of the Chinese Government's "One China, Two Systems policy". Similarly, we remain convinced that China will continue to stand together with the African countries to ensure that the interests of the developing world including Africa are well accommodated and hastened in The UN Security Council Reforms.


Ladies and Gentlemen;

Having said that, it is now my singular honor and pleasure to request you all present here to raise your glasses and toast:

1. For the good health and happiness of His Excellency President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli and His Excellency President Xi Jinping;

2. For the continued friendship and cooperation between the People's Republic of China and the United Republic of Tanzania; and

3. For the seventieth Anniversary of the establishment of the People's Republic of China.

Cheers!!!!!!!!!! Gan Bei !

Asanteni sana, Thank you very much! (Xie Xie)

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