Tanzania eyes ‘new day’ in US relations with presidential visit

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2022 16:28

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan meets with Vice President Kamala Harris in Harris' ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus, Friday, April 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan meets with Vice President Kamala Harris in Harris' ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus, Friday, April 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania ushered in a new era of friendly ties with American officials and investors over the past week during her US tour after relations soured during her late predecessor John Magufuli’s six-year term.

In her first official visit since taking over from her former running mate following his untimely death in March 2021, Tanzania’s first female president paved the way for the unfreezing of US government aid while overseeing $1bn in new business deals in the fields of tourism, conservation, and clean energy sectors. She still needs to convince sceptical lawmakers however after scheduling her trip while Congress was out of session.