- Dr. Donald Wright became the new ambassador from the United States, and Nguyen Nam Tien from Vietnam.
- Ambassador Wright expressed his satisfaction with returning to Tanzania after 33 years since he first came to work to provide medical care.
- Nguyen Nam Tien said Tanzania is a good country, its President is doing a good job, and he hopes to continue working to promote and strengthen the relationship.
Tanzanian President, Dr. John Magufuli, said the country will continue its good relations with the United States and Vietnam. A press release issued by the Directorate of Communications at the State House, Dar es Salaam, yesterday said President Dr. Magufuli received the credentials of two ambassadors appointed to represent their countries in Tanzania.
The presenters of the documents at the State House are Dr. Donald Wright, who was appointed as US Ambassador to the country, and Nguyen Nam Tien, Vietnam’s Ambassador to the country.
In the talks after receiving the documents, President Magufuli welcomed the ambassadors and stated that Tanzania will further develop and promote the good and historic relationship that exists between it and those countries.
President Magufuli has asked the Ambassadors to encourage businessmen and investors from those countries to come and invest in the country and said the government will be ready at any time to cooperate with them.
Speaking after presenting his credentials, Ambassador Wright expressed his satisfaction with returning to Tanzania after 33 years since he first came to work to provide medical care. He said since then, he has respected and loved Tanzanians due to their generosity, love, and how they live with foreigners as members of their family.
He said the United States sees Tanzania as a strong, stable, and democratic country, and its good relations with the United States have enabled it to work together. He hopes to continue to work more closely with the government of Tanzania.
Ambassador Wright also conveyed his condolences to President Magufuli from US President Donald Trump and the US government over the death of former President Benjamin Mkapa, and said the United States recognizes Mkapa’s significant contribution to Tanzania and internationally.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Professor Palamagamba Kabudi, described the good relations that exist between Tanzania and the United States. He said the United States has been funding many projects, including health, where it has provided Sh 1.56 trillion in 2018, and 3,179 investment projects from the United States, which created 550,000 jobs for Tanzanians.
He also said that exports of Tanzanian products in the United States have been increasing, where last year, goods worth Sh 119 billion were sold in the country. “Tanzania’s relations with the United States are good and are strengthening and we believe that the arrival of Ambassador Wright will further strengthen the relationship,” he said.
On the Vietnam side, Professor Kabudi said Tanzania has had a fraternal and historic relationship with the country where it is cooperating with it in many areas including the investment of mobile phone company Halotel.
Nguyen Nam Tien said Tanzania is a good country, its President is doing a good job, and he hopes to continue working more closely to promote and strengthen the existing relationship and cooperation.
At another point, a statement from the US embassy said Dr. Wright promised to work in four main areas. “I look forward to working to strengthen our bilateral relations in the four areas of health, security, governance, and education.”
Ambassador Dr. Wright was sworn in as US Ambassador to Tanzania on April 2, this year in Washington. For the past 17 years, the ambassador has been the leader in the public health sector and health policies at the national and international levels.
“This includes serving in the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Ministry of Labor and Employment and the United Nations,” the statement said.
Prior to the appointment, Ambassador Dr. Wright was the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Human Services. He also headed the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), the Office for Research Integrity (ORI) and the Occupational Health and Safety Department (OSHA).
He served as the Executive Director of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition (President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition – PCSFN.)
For about two decades before entering the civil service, Dr. Wright was a physician serving in his native state of Texas, specializing in family health and occupational health care. In a ceremony held today at the State House, Ambassador Dr. Wright becomes the 19th US ambassador to Tanzania.