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Friday, May 18, 2012

How President Kikwete justified his trips in 2006

"Our local businessmen cannot reach other executive areas on their own without the President's presence. During my visit to the US, we had a luncheon with NASDAQ officials, who later held talks with Tanzanian businesspersons. Under normal circumstances, the NASDAQ president, whose stock exchange volume stands at USD7.1 trillion, cannot meet a person of the stature of [the then]TCCIA president Elvis Musiba. But because I was there, the NASDAQ president personally attended that event...When I visited Tiffany, a big jewelers company turning out billions of dollars, its officials were in some other place and had to be summoned to meet Tanzanian [T]anzanite dealers...This is how they could meet; because I was there otherwise it would have been difficult for local Tanzanite dealers to meet their US counterparts... It is after I had talks with the NASDAQ president that we now have the US Tanzania Business Association where businessmen from the two countries can meet. I visited New York Stock Exchange, whose business volume is USD22.8 trillion, where we were given the honour to open the day's business. It is because I was there on that day that we were given that honour....Do you think Jonathan Njau [the then Head of Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange] can meet those guys up there on his own? (laughter). People should not just simplify these things" - President Jakaya Kikwete quoted by The Guardian in December 2006 

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5 comments:

Kate Bomz May 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM  

ARE You friggin kidding me!

Gaure Mdee May 23, 2012 at 8:19 AM  
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Gaure Mdee May 23, 2012 at 8:34 AM  

Tell me this was misquoted because it sounds a little off and doesn't justify anything... Masikitiko!

Chambi Chachage May 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM  

Amini usiamini...

Gaure Mdee May 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM  

Sawa sawa mkuu.

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