China-Tanzania Trade Soars: A Decade of Remarkable Growth
Over the past decade, China and Tanzania have embarked on various collaborative projects that have solidified their economic cooperation. The exponential growth in bilateral trade reflects the mutual commitment to fostering lasting partnerships.
Ambassador Chen highlighted that China remains a dependable market for Tanzanian products, particularly in the agricultural sector. Tanzanian exports, such as avocado, coffee, maize, tobacco, and aquatic products, have found a welcoming home in the Chinese market, underpinning the robust trade relations between the two nations.
One of the focal points of Ambassador Chen’s tour was the Magufuli Bridge, connecting Geita and Mwanza Regions. Upon its completion, this bridge will stand as the longest low-tower cable-stayed bridge in East Africa, serving as an international gateway not only to Tanzania but also to neighboring countries like Rwanda and Uganda.
Emphasizing its significance, Ambassador Chen stated, “It is of great significance in improving the quality of life of people in the Great Lakes region and promoting regional economic and social development.” The Magufuli Bridge is a key project within the framework of “the Belt and Road” initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013.
A Gateway to the Indian Ocean
Furthermore, this bridge will play a pivotal role in providing neighboring countries access to the Indian Ocean and act as a crucial transportation artery for the Central East African Corridor. It has the potential to transform the economic landscape of the region by facilitating easier and faster trade routes.
One of the enduring benefits of Chinese involvement in Tanzanian projects is the creation of jobs for local Tanzanians across various professions. Chinese companies also actively engage in skills and technology transfer, fostering a culture of learning and growth.
Ambassador Chen commended Tanzania’s choice of Chinese companies for their affordable project costs and the punctuality with which they deliver their projects. This selection has further bolstered trade and economic growth between the two nations.
Ambassador Chen also pointed out the significance of Air Tanzania’s decision to introduce direct flights to China three times a week. This move not only supports the expansion of trade but also strengthens social and economic ties between the two countries.
The Magufuli Bridge: A Game Changer
General Manager of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) East Africa Limited, Mr. Zhang Junle, echoed the sentiments regarding the Magufuli Bridge’s significance. He emphasized that upon completion, it will be the only lower pylon cable-stayed bridge in the Lake Zone and the longest of its kind in Africa. This monumental project is set to dramatically reduce commuting time between Kigongo and Busisi on both sides of Lake Victoria, transforming a two-hour journey into a mere five-minute crossing.
The soaring trade figures between China and Tanzania underscore the strength of their partnership and the shared commitment to mutual growth and development. As major infrastructure projects like the Magufuli Bridge and enhanced connectivity via Air Tanzania continue to take shape, the future holds even greater promise for the economic and social ties binding these two nations.
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