Bwn. Eric Stromayor Duputy Assistant Secretary Bereau of African Affairs kutoka Depatment of State akisoma hotuba yake siku Ubalozi wa Tanzania nchini Marekani na Mexico ulipoadhimisha sherehe ya miaka 54 ya Muungano Washington, DC
Chini ni hotuba hiyo
Acting DAS Eric Stromayer’s Remarks
Tanzania’s National Day Celebration
Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street NW, Washington, DC
Thursday, April 26, 6:00 PM
· Ambassador Masilingi, colleagues, and friends: Good evening, and thank you so much for having me.
· It is a pleasure to be here to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the union of Zanzibar and Tanganyika. Our two countries share a long history of friendship. In fact, we established relations with Tanzania on this day 54 years ago.
· From the start, the U.S.-Tanzania relationship has been based on mutual respect as we have worked together for a more peaceful and prosperous future. We have stood together in partnership as Tanzania made remarkable progress.
The U.S.-Tanzania Partnership
· Tanzania is an extraordinary country. It is one of Africa’s success stories, in large part thanks to the legacy of its founder, Julius Nyerere. Tanzania’s economic progress and political stability in the region has given hope to societies throughout East Africa who continue to struggle with internal conflict.
· Tanzania is one of the United States’ most important partners in Africa on many major development initiatives, and U.S. development programs support almost every sector in Tanzania.
· And this year is a particularly important one for our partnership, as it is the 15th anniversary of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as well as the 125th anniversary of overseas medical work by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), both of which are integral to improving the lives of Tanzanians through U.S. Government health cooperation
· The broad scope of U.S. Government-supported health efforts join with PEPFAR and WRAIR to empower Tanzanians, strengthening local capacity to address HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health, family planning, tuberculosis, nutrition, and other infectious diseases.
· Joint U.S.-Tanzania conservation efforts promote measured and sustainable growth in tandem with the environment, countering those who would seek to undermine it through immediate and unsustainable wealth at the expense of the environment. Through our cooperation, we are preserving Tanzanian patrimony: from collaborating with game park rangers, to training programs, to providing equipment which equips Tanzanians to curb wildlife poaching and encourage valuable eco-tourism
· Our cooperation on the environment, wildlife conservation, HIV/AIDS, and other key issues, saves lives and makes the world a better place, and we are proud to stand with Tanzanians seeking to build a country which is safe, healthy, prosperous, and secure.
· Our partnership grows not from a contract, but from a commonality of purpose; a shared dedication that we can go farther and reach higher together than apart.
· American Peace Corps volunteers embody this commitment, working shoulder to shoulder with Tanzanians as math and science teachers in secondary schools, teacher trainers in information and communication technology, leaders of health education projects that increase basic health knowledge and improve health attitudes and behaviors, and leaders of environmental projects addressing basic village-level needs for sustaining natural resources. More than 2,850 Volunteers have served in Tanzania since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, and that commitment remains today as 220 Peace Corps Volunteers currently work throughout Tanzania.
· This year also marks a very sad part of our history – the 20th Anniversary of the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam. Together we grieved the loss of life and prayed for the injured and for the families of those killed in the attack. Our shared heartbreak strengthened our bond in a way that only tragedy can, and we grew stronger together.
· I regret that I have not yet been to Tanzania, but I look forward to my first visit so that I can see the wonders and beauty of your great land firsthand.
· I also look forward to our nations embracing the many opportunities ahead, working to strengthen our partnership as good friends do. When I think about the future, I think there is great potential for us to be regional and global partners and leaders.
· I applaud Tanzania for the country’s many accomplishments. There is so much to celebrate today. Thank you once again for having me this evening and congratulations on 54 years of Tanzania’s union!