The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation has outlined three elements to be included in the new Foreign Policy Policy.
Speaking at a meeting with the diplomatic community and ambassadors representing their countries in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Minister January Makamba said that due to global economic changes, the government felt the need to review the policy that has been in place for more than 20 years to fit the current situation.
He mentioned three new issues: economic diplomacy, blue economy and climate change, but the policy will continue to carry the foundations of the previous policy, including promoting peace, solidarity and regional cooperation.
He cited the principles of the 2001 policy as protecting the freedom of self-determination, respecting the country's borders and political freedoms, protecting freedom, human rights, and equality and democracy.
The other is to strengthen good neighborliness, to develop a policy of neutrality; strengthening regional cooperation and supporting the United Nations (UN) and efforts to strengthen international economic development, peace and security.
"We will continue to work together and develop our relations, we are currently reviewing our Foreign Policy to adapt to the changing needs of today's world, but we will not stop carrying the original principles of this policy, we will go with it," he said.
He said Tanzania is talking about economic diplomacy that has many elements and has already begun to bring economic benefits so policy must also be made clear in order to have guidance in implementation.
January said the 2001 policy outlined the government's commitment to economic growth and national development through international relations, with emphasis on economic diplomacy.
He said the government's efforts were directed at increasing the scope of international trade through the exploration of Tanzania's export markets, attracting capital and technology investment from abroad in the social and economic sectors.
In addition, the policy emphasized promoting tourist attractions, increasing employment and education opportunities for Tanzanians abroad and influencing access to grants and affordable loans to implement development projects in the country.
He said the economic benefits achieved by Tanzania internationally are many, including the promotion of relations between other countries through the presence of agreements and cooperation agreements in various sectors.
January said Tanzania has improved the conditions for trade, investment and relations that continue to make the country more cooperative with the rest of the world.
In addition, he said that through President Samia Suluhu Hassan's 4R philosophy (Reconciliation, Resilience, Change and Rebuilding the country), Tanzania has made political reforms and opened a new chapter in politics.