REMARKS BY H.E. BARAKA H. LUVANDA, HIGH COMMISSIONER OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA AT THE RECETION TO COMMEMORATE 54 YEARS OF THE UNION BETWEEN TANGANYIKA AND ZANZIBAR, PRIDE PLAZA HOTEL, AEROCITY, NEW DELHI 26TH APRIL, 2018

Honourable Shri Vijay Goel,

Minister of State (Parliamentary Affairs, Statistics and Programmes Implementation),

Dr Neena Malhotra,

Joint Secretary (MEA-East & Southern Africa),

Dean of Diplomatic Corps,

Excellencies Ambassadors/High Commissioners,

Invited Guests,

Dear Friends,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Jambo! Namaskar! Good Evening!

It is an honour for me to welcome you all to this brief function this evening. We are greatly honoured by your presence in such a big number. Thank you so much.

Let me especially thank you Mister Minister for accepting our invite to come and grace this occasion. That you were able to make it in a busy day and a heavy traffic to this venue is a testimony of the value and love you attach to Tanzania. Thank you so much, Sir.

Friends,

In September last year (2017), I had the privilege of presenting my credentials to the Honourable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind and was honoured with a colourful dinner to celebrate the occasion. At that dinner I told the audience how tricky it always is to have to speak.

I want to repeat myself this evening: If you speak before people eat, you are accused of keeping them away from their food, and may be, rightly so, from their drink; if you speak after they have eaten, you are accused of giving them indigestion! Both ways, you lose.

So friends, I will not take the risk of making such a loss by limiting myself to just a few aspects of this function:

Number one; by acknowledging the fact that at 54 there is a cause and every reason to celebrate this living example of the Union between two Sovereign States to form one country, that is the United Republic of Tanzania. In the words of the Foreign Minister - Dr. Augustine Mahiga, "...It has been a fruitful and worthwhile journey....one filled with lessons, compromise and tradeoffs for the mutual benefit of the People of the Union... "(Foreword in the Special Edition in Commemoration of 54 years of the Union).

Two; that while we are celebrating the 54 years of the Union, we are also celebrating the 57 years of friendship, strong bonds and support from the Republic of India. What a coincidence!

For us, India has been a valued strategic partner and ally both at bilateral, regional and at international fora. As we celebrate these 57 years of this relationship, Tanzania continues to offer to India huge investment, trade and development opportunities. Certainly, I will not attempt to touch on the details of this enduring and enriching relationship because you will have your own copies of our Special Edition in which you will find all the relevant facts. We will be asking our Chief Guest to launch this publication shortly.

Three; and perhaps lastly, it is my duty to give A Big Thank You to all those friends and partners who continue to work with Tanzania, especially in implementing many development projects, especially those that benefit from the Lines of Credit. We thank you so much. And we hope that you will continue supporting us with the same vigour and enthusiasm.

You may wish to note that some of our partners have even supported this event, representing many others who could not do so because of logistics related to space allocated for this function and I hope they will do so in future.

And, in order to appreciate all the generosity, we had planned to invite the Chairman of WAPCOS to speak on behalf of all of them. Unfortunately, he had to travel to Nepal on an emergency matter. He has instead shared with us a two minute video on WAPCOS experience in Tanzania which will be played shortly.

In closing, I would like to, once again, thank you Honourable Minister for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and grace our function. I also wish to thank my Colleagues at the Mission for the job well done. And, in a special way, I thank the Diplomatist Magazine team for working so hard to publish the Special Edition. Thank you so much, Linda and your dedicated team.


With these few remarks- (I believe) Ladies and Gentlemen, I invite you to raise a toast: - To the strong and strengthened Union of Tanzania;
- To the progress and prosperity of Tanzania and India;
- To the ever-lasting friendship between Tanzania and India.

I thank you
Jai Hind,
And God Bless You.

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