Turkey – Tanzania Political Relations
The decision to reopen our Embassy in Dar es Salaam, which was opened in October 1979 but closed in 1984 due to budgetary considerations, was decided on October 13, 2008, and our embassy started its activities on 18 May 2009. The Tanzanian Embassy in Ankara has been active since February 2017.
Bilateral relations have gained momentum with recent high-level visits.
- Our President Mr. Abdullah Gül visited Tanzania on 22-23 February 2009 and Tanzania’s former President Jakaya Kikwete visited Turkey on 17-21 February 2010.
The Minister Tanzania Foreign and International Cooperation Minister Bernard Membe made an official visit to my country on 8-9 May 2014. This visit is the first official bilateral official visit from Tanzania to my country at the level of Foreign Minister.
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu visited Darussalam and Zanzibar on 30-31 May 2014.
Finally, Mr. President visited Tanzania on January 22-23, 2017 as part of the East Africa tour. Ten agreements were signed with the visit.
Our trade volume with Tanzania was recorded as USD 122 million in 2016. In this context, our exports to this country amounted to USD 98.5 million and our imports to USD 23.5 million.
The opening of our embassy and the ongoing direct flights between Istanbul-Darussalam on 14 June 2010 and Istanbul-Kilimanjaro on 4 December 2012 also contributed significantly to our trade volume with Tanzania.
The amount of Turkish investments in Tanzania is around 40 million USD. According to our records of our embassy, we have 870 citizens in Tanzania.
Tanzanian context of Turkey Scholarships is allocated for higher education scholarships to students. Turkey in the 2016-2017 school year, the number of students eligible to benefit from scholarships was around 29.