Remittances from Tanzanians in the diaspora rose from 465.7 million U.S. dollars in 2016 to 497.9 million U.S. dollars in 2019, a cabinet minister said Saturday.
“Tanzanians in the diaspora are hugely contributing to the country’s economic development as the remittances keep on rising,” said Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Liberata Mulamula at a press conference in the capital of Dodoma, quoting figures released by the Bank of Tanzania on remittances from Tanzanians in the diaspora.
The government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation in 2010 created a special department for coordinating issues related to Tanzanians in the diaspora, said the east African nation’s top diplomat.
“The government is continuing to put in place a conducive environment aimed at attracting Tanzanians in the diaspora to participate in the economic development of the country, including creation of investment projects,” said Mulamula.
She said that Tanzanians in the diaspora are on the frontline of promoting the use of Kiswahili, adding that the diaspora have opened Kiswahili teaching centers in China, South Africa, Egypt, Malawi, Britain, Belgium, Comoros, the Republic of Korea and France.
Kiswahili, Tanzania’s official language spoken by almost all Tanzanians regardless of their over 120 tribes, is regarded as a unifying language in the country of about 60 million people. Enditem