As the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier makes an official visit to Tanzania, the balance of trade between the two countries couldn’t be further apart.
President Samia Suluhu Hassan on the other hand, wants to see more German tourists coming to Tanzania in sync with Berlin’s ongoing efforts to assist conservation programs here.
The trade figures from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicate that the average value of Tanzania’s imports from Germany per annum is around USD 237.4 million.
On the other hand the average value of Tanzania’s exports to Germany in a year is counted at USD 42 Million.
It goes to show that the balance of trade between Dar and Berlin is like heaven and earth.
Motor vehicles, including the iconic Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen and BMW are among the products that Tanzania imports from Germany. Others include pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics and electrical equipment.
On its part Tanzania exports to Germany are mostly agricultural products such as Coffee, Tobacco, Cotton, Honey and Beeswax. Dar also sells to Berlin things like fish and other sea foods as well as precious minerals.
Tanzania however exports services to Germany through the country’s tourism industry which is popular among European countries.
Before embarking onto his tour of Southern Tanzania, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held talks with the Tanzanian Head of State, Samia Suluhu Hassan in Dar-es-salaam.
The two leaders discussed, among other things, how to bolster trade relations between Germany and Tanzania, countries that already have long history since the Germany East Africa days.
“Germany has remained a trusted and reliable partner to Tanzania, as far as issues of development are concerned,” President Samia stated.
She however pointed out that while Tanzania has been getting tourists from Germany, the number is still low, which means more efforts are needed to attract more visitors from the European Country.
Despite that however, Germany has been funding a number of natural resources and wildlife conservation efforts in Tanzania, especially through the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) since the time when the country only had a single National Park, the Serengeti.