On July 1st 2013 US President Barak Obama flew to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, for the first time. This was the third and final stop on his three-country trip to Africa.
After an afternoon arrival ceremony, he held a bilateral meeting and press conference with President Jakaya Kikwete.
During the conference President Kikwete thanked President Obama for US invaluable support in Tanzania development endeavors, in health care, education, food security and infrastructure development.
President Obama indicated ensures that almost Tanzania is a close partner for the US on almost all major development initiatives.
He went further by highlighting that : “Tanzania has the potential to unlock new economic growth not only in this country but all across East Africa.”
He also highlighted the importance of the further development of Tanzania’s agriculture sector and how he agreed with President Kikwete to keep tackling the hurdles of greater growth of this sector where the vast majority of Tanzanians work.
In the evening, President Obama met with CEOs and business leaders of Tanzania. At the event he stressed that Africa is home to many of the world’s fastest-growing economies, and saluted East Africa economy that quadrupled over a decade,
“The world is investing in Africa like never before. In fact, we’re close to reaching a historic milestone where foreign aid to Africa is surpassed by foreign investment in Africa. And that’s great news.” He added.
“So I see Africa as the world’s next major economic success story. And the United States wants to be a partner in that success.“ he concluded.