US President Barack Obama nominated Mark Childress, one of his top advisors, as the next ambassador to Tanzania.
Childress is Deputy Chief of Staff of Planning for the Obama administration. Previously, he served in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Prior to joining President Obama, Mr Childress worked at one of Washington’s leading law firms.
It is believed that the appointment indicates a stronger commitment from the US to Tanzania.
This month Obama visited Tanzania to renew economic and trade cooperation with the US and to announce a new model based, not just on aid and assistance, but trade and partnership.
Tanzania is included among Standard Chartered Bank ‘s7% club – a pool of countries that have achieved 7% per annum GDP growth for more than 10 years.
Growth at 7% means the economy doubles in a decade and quadruples in a generation.