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Hivi hii imekaaje wakuu au ni ushamba wangu!

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    punguzo Member

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    Ni juzi tu (Jumanne) tumesoma kwenye mitandao yakuwa Bwana mkubwa Mkuu (JMK) kaandaa Sherry Party kwa ajili ya Mabalozi wa mataifa mbali mbali, Leo hii my wife wake nae Kawaita wake wa mabalozi na kuwafanyia Sherry Party. hivi hii imekaaje? haikuwezekana Kufanywa Sherry party moja hao mabalozi wakaja na wakezao? au sherry party ni kama Kitchen party, kuna za wanawake na za wanaume? au mimi ndo mshamba sijui?
    harafu si ndo hao hao mabalozi na nchi zao ndo wanasema watanzania tunawapa misaada mingi lakini hawatumii katika mambo ya msingi na maendeleo? mbona nao wameruhusu hilo au ni jambo lamsingi na maendeleo?
    sioni vibaya kuwa na hiyo sherry party ila kwanini ziwe mbili wakati waandaaji na waalikwa wote wanatoka katika familia moja tena ni wanandoa? au jamani mnasemaje?

    MICHUZI: RAIS JAKAYA KIKWETE AWAANDALIA MABALOZI TAFRIJA YA MWAKA MPYA - SHERRY PARTY, IKULU LEO JIONI

    JIACHIE
     
  2. Kombo

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    Hii ni nchi ya sherehe na tafrija, acha kuyafuatilia hayo Mkuu utagombana na "wanaofaidika" na hizo tafrija.
     
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    Kifo cha haraka umakitafuta wewe
     
  4. TIMING

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    wacha waponde mali kufa kwaja
     
  5. Bumpkin Billionare

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    Mmmh! Mimi nina swali: Balozi wa Rwanda hapa nchini alihudhuria hio Sherehe Party ya Vasco Da Gama au ya pili aliyoandaa mkewe? Manake nijuavyo wapo mabalozi ambao ni wanawake. Kwa ukweli huu ni ushamba
     
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    Mmmh! Mimi nina swali: Balozi wa Rwanda hapa nchini alihudhuria hio Sherehe Party ya Vasco Da Gama au ya pili aliyoandaa mkewe? Manake nijuavyo wapo mabalozi ambao ni wanawake.

    Maoni yangu: Tangu mwaka umeanza Mh. Dk. Vasco da Gama hajatoka kabisa. Hakuna mialiko na kila alikoomba kwenda kuwatembelea wamemwambia wako bize hawawezi kupokea wageni kwa sasa. Kwa kutambua hilo, imebidi kuwa-pate pate mabalozi ili wafacilitate mialiko kwenye nchi zao. Ni moja kati ya matumizi bora ya fedha za hao hao wahisani kuwanunulia kitimoto
     
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    Mkuu usipate tabu!Hili ni taifa la ulimbukeni wa tafrija na maadhimisho.Hicho ndicho kipaumbele kwa sasa.Au umesahau nchi inaadhimisha sikukuu za kitaifa kwa kutumia mabilioni ya shilingi wakati akinamama wanajifungua mavumbini?Kibaya zaidi sasa ulimbukeni umeenea katika jamii nzima.Watu ukiwaambia wachangie sh 100000 ili mtoto yatima aende shule ya kata hawatoi!Lakini wako tayari kuchanga mamilioni kwa ajili ya 'SEND OFF'!Hawawezi kuchangia matibabu ya mgonjwa lakini wako tayari kuchangia mamilioni kumalizia msiba wake!Hapo ndipo tulipofikia kama Taifa.Ndugu yangu nakushauri kula ugali wako ukalale tu usifikirie saaana hizi habari.
     
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    Hili nalo ni swali
     
  9. mwaJ

    mwaJ Tanzanite Member

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    Nadhani ni tatizo la kabila fulani, wao wako tayari kuomba mkopo bank kwa ajili ya shughuli ya ngoma.
     
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    Wewe ungejishughulisha na kujitafutia riziki yako; ukiona imekuwa kubwa kiasi unaweza kuandaa sherry party yako. Ya viongozi waachie wenyewe.
     
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    Sherry party ya kina baba na kina mama mwe!!!.
     
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    hii ni kali zaidi :juggle: :msela:
     
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    Kwa Wenzetu Sherry Party zao utegemea umeamua wewe matayrishaji ikaeje au ionekane vipi [the ambiance].Ingawa sherry party inweza kuwa SHERRY PARTY/GIRLS, AU SHERRY PARTY/WOMEN au SHERRY PARRY/DONATION.


    Tujikumbushe na Sherry Party chini ya Rais Mkapa

    Speech by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa, at a New Year Sherry Party for the Heads of Diplomatic Missions at the State House, Dar Es Salaam, January 6,1997


    Your Excellencies,
    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the State House. On behalf of the Government and People of the United Republic of Tanzania, I wish to extend our best wishes for the New Year to you personally, to your members of staff and families, and through you to the Governments and People of your respective countries. It is my fervent hope that the year 1997 will be characterised by enhanced co-operation, peace and understanding among the people of all nations, and that collective efforts towards social and economic development and respect for human dignity in all spheres shall bring all of us closer to each other.


    Your Excellencies,
    A year has elapsed since we last met in this very same venue to wish each other a happy and prosperous 1996. I know that one year is a very long period in diplomatic service. A number of your colleagues have left, and new ones have come to take up their places. I extend to all of you who joined us during the course of 1996 a renewed hearty welcome to Tanzania. I wish you all a pleasant, peaceful and most rewarding tour of duty in our country.


    Review of Political and Economic Developments in 1996

    Your Excellencies,

    We have now completed a full year of a Government that is a product of a free and fair multi-party General Election.
    Those of you who have been with us throughout this period have witnessed the social, political and economic challenges we have had to deal with. I believe it has been as hectic a year to you as it has been to us. For, I am sure your capitals were as keen to be informed of the performance of my Government as I was keen to succeed.


    At the risk of blowing my own trumpet, I think we have done quite well. I also think your dispatches to your capitals said as much because in my encounters with your various leaders I have been commended and urged to stay the course. That also means there has been a good working relationship and co-operation between my Government and the diplomatic corps. I am grateful for this and I hope it will continue in 1997.

    Tanzania is one of those African countries that succeeded to create a nation state out of the geographical entities, composed of numerous tribes and religions, that were the legacy of history and of colonialism. We have so succeeded to inculcate the sense of nationalism in our people that today a Tanzanian thinks of himself first as a Tanzanian, before projecting his or her tribal or religious identity. In making the transition to multi-party politics we always had the apprehension that it could lead to a resurgence of tribal and religious sentiments and differences among our people, thereby undermining the national identity and cohesion we have worked so hard to develop and nurture.

    Thanks to the political maturity of most of our people, these fears never materialised. Despite the verbal and written diatribes, amplified too often by a too free press, there has never really been a serious threat to the political unity and cohesion of our country, as well as the peace and concord our people have got used to.

    Taking into account the fact that 1996 was the first year of opposition politics in Parliament, I think the Opposition in the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania did quite well according to the role that is normally expected of them. We have certainly started well, and I intend to develop further this correct relationship with the Opposition in the new year.

    I am disappointed, however, that in Zanzibar the Opposition continues to deny the electorate who voted for them their rightful representation in the House of Representatives. Ours is a representational democracy. And as long as a Member of the House of Representatives agrees that he or she was legally elected, in a free and fair manner, he or she is duty bound to provide the electorate with the representation that is their constitutional right. No pretext whatsoever can supersede the supreme entitlement of the people to direct representation.

    With its substantial representation, it is a pity the Opposition does not use it to push forward the true interests of their supporters. I hope they will review their stand and have a more constructive dialogue, in the House, in the new year.

    Your Excellencies,

    On the economic front, we have continued to improve the macroeconomic framework and the physical infrastructure. Revenue collection has improved and so has the control over our expenditure. A tight fiscal policy has enabled us to cut down inflation from 27% in November 1995 to 16% at present. We have continued to restructure our economy, including through divestiture and other ways of privatisation. Signs are that exports are increasing at a faster rate than imports thereby improving our trade balance. Private investments are picking up, notably in the tourism and mining sectors, as well as manufacturing.


    Your Excellencies,
    The measures that have been undertaken by my Government during 1996 have renewed donor and investor confidence in our country and our Government. Throughout the year we engaged in a most constructive dialogue with our bilateral donors, with our multi-lateral development partners, and with prospective investors.
    With the agreement reached between my Government and the IMF on an Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility, and with discussions with the World Bank on a Structural Adjustment Credit, Tanzania looks forward with confidence to increased bilateral and multilateral support and increased private investments in the country. Towards the end of this month we hope to negotiate with our Paris Club creditors on debt relief. We look forward to continued understanding and support on the part of our Creditors because the servicing of our debt is not sustainable, taking up as it does over 1/3 of all our export revenues. Debt relief will help us build a stronger capacity for sustainable and self reliant development. We wish to thank the donor community for their continued understanding and support over the last one year, and look forward to continued co-operation this year.

    East African Co-operation
    Your Excellencies,

    On the 14th of March, 1996 their Excellencies President Daniel Arap T. Moi of Kenya and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda joined me in inaugurating the Secretariat of the Commission for East African Co-operation at Arusha. The Secretariat is the main executing organ of the Commission for East African Co-operation and is, among other things, responsible for the co-ordination of the co-operation.

    Our intention is to harmonise our policies in the agreed areas of co-operation. These include transport and communications; trade; investments; customs; financial sector; environment; tourism; agriculture; animal husbandry and energy. East African co-operation also covers political, defence and security co-operation, with the long term objective of an East African political federation.

    Much has been done since the inauguration of the Secretariat. The currencies of the three countries are now convertible in each of the three countries, and steps have been taken to seek financial assistance for the East African Digital Telecommunications project and for improving several regional roads. At the same time the three countries are taking steps to promote East Africa as a single trade and investment area, as well as to improve the navigational and environmental status of Lake Victoria.


    Needless to say the success of our programmes partly depends on the magnitude of support we will receive from our development partners. I take this opportunity to thank those who have already pledged their support and I encourage and invite others to join hands with us to build a new East Africa.

    East African Co-operation is a natural concept that has a bright future as it enjoys the support of the people of the region and the support of the three Governments. My Government will continue to support in every possible way the Commission for East African Co-operation and its Secretariat based in Arusha.

    Southern Africa Development Community
    Your Excellencies,

    In November last year the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary seminar on Regional Co-operation was held in Dodoma. The main theme of the seminar was "The Role of Parliament in the SADC." I salute the organisers of the seminar for being able to bring together Parliamentarian representatives from European Union member countries and those from SADC countries to deliberate on major issues which affect the social, political and economic well being of our countries. Tanzania will continue to be a firm and ardent member of SADC and we will work together with our fellow members to consolidate the gains of SADC, promote our agreed programmes, and strengthen the existing co-operation with all members of the organisation and our development partners.

    Great Lakes Region
    Your Excellencies,

    One of the few positive developments in the Great Lakes Region in 1996 was the continuing stabilisation of Rwanda. This facilitated the repatriation of the Rwandese refugees in Zaire and Tanzania, and helped to allay our fears that the refugees were acquiring the character of permanency. Even the intimidation to which many of the refugees had for long been subjected by their leaders could not hold the tide of a people longing to return home.

    The smooth and humane repatriation of the Rwandese refugees in Tanzania could not have been possible without the high sense of mission and professionalism of the Tanzanian forces who escorted and helped the refugees, and the support and co-operation of the Rwandan Government, relief agencies especially the UNHCR and the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as other Non Governmental Organisations. I thank them all, and I commend especially the Rwandan Government for managing well this monumental scheme of receiving and resettling such a big number of returning refugees in such a short time frame.

    At the same time we remain mindful of the urgent need for justice to take its course in respect of all those suspected of planning, taking part or abetting the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. A speedy and fair trial will not only help to relieve the congestion in Rwandan prisons, but will also reduce the need for private acts of vengeance and contribute to the catharsis that the Rwandese society requires as part of a process to entrench national reconciliation and reconstruction. It is for this reason that we are concerned about the delays in the work of the International Tribunal in Arusha.


    Your Excellencies,
    The situation in Burundi deteriorated drastically in 1996. After Arusha I and the OAU Summit in Yaounde, we thought we were making progress towards creating a conducive environment for unconditional all-party negotiations for a political dispensation that would have ensured the exercise of democratic government, while guaranteeing the security of minorities. The military coup of 25th July, 1996 was clearly conceived and timed to prevent such an eventuality.


    Since then, however, killings and widespread insecurity are on the rise. Polarisation of the society along tribal and political lines has never been worse. All sides are once again preparing for a military showdown. But the truth remains that no single group, not even the military junta, can achieve total military victory. They can only prolong the birthpangs of a new and sustainable political dispensation. In the meantime more and more innocent people, women and children, will continue to suffer and to lose life and limb. On our part, we will continue to pursue diligently the collective regional course of action agreed at Arusha II and III, including sanctions on Burundi, as well as supporting the efforts of Mwalimu Nyerere, the internationally supported Facilitator of the Burundi peace process.


    Your Excellencies,
    Obviously the current crisis situation in Eastern Zaire has complicated matters even more in the Great Lakes Region. The implosion and disintegration of Zaire would have far-reaching implications for peace and security in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. It must not be allowed to happen. The unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Zaire is of interest to us and we want it to be safeguarded, along with the rights of all Zairean citizens regardless of their ethnic origin.

    We in Tanzania have a greater than average interest in the peaceful and speedy resolution of the crises in Burundi and Eastern Zaire. We certainly are in no mood just now to receive new waves of refugees! Our plate is full with our own internal priorities for political and economic development. We do not want to be distracted by the off-loading in our territory of the consequences of the internal problems of neighbouring countries.

    The United Nations
    Your Excellencies,

    My Government wishes to affirm its commitment and faith in the United Nations and its efforts to promote international peace and security, as well as economic and social development around the world. It was for this reason that I travelled to New York in October last year and addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tanzania's hopes and aspirations for the organisation.

    The UN has done a commendable job in many areas of human endeavour. It has been successful in averting a global war of the magnitude of the first and second world war. It has brought about irreversible changes in many areas including the eradication of colonialism. It has set standards that govern world interaction and co-operation. In short, the UN has served us quite well in the past fifty one years.

    Those same achievements which the UN has recorded, along with other changes in the international environment, have now made the need for adjustment and change inevitable. UN has to transform itself so as to be able to cope with the many new and varied challenges of today and tomorrow. Tanzania supports all reform efforts which are being undertaken to revitalise the UN and make it a more effective, democratic and transparent organisation.

    We in Tanzania, and I am sure in the rest of the African continent, are gratified that the United Nations Secretariat will continue to be under the direction of an African. I take this opportunity to repeat my congratulations to Kofi Annan for his most deserved assumption of the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations. We wish him well, and we assure him of our total and full support and co-operation as he undertakes the multi-faceted and profound tasks ahead of him.

    Finally, Your Excellencies,

    I should like to thank you individually for the co-operation you have extended to my Government in different ways during 1996 to enable it realise the achievements that I have just highlighted.


    Thank you vey much for your kind attention and I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
     
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    Mkuu una utani na "kabila letu?"
    Ha ha ha haaa....!!!!!!!
     
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    SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY KIKWETE, PRESIDENT OF TANZANIA, AT THE NEW YEAR SHERRY PARTY, HOSTED FOR HEADS OF DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS, 2012

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    Introduction

    I welcome you to the State House and thank you for coming. I extend to you, your families and staff, my best wishes for the New Year. Please, convey to your Heads of State and Government my best wishes for the New Year. Give them the assurance as it was the case last year and the years before that Tanzania wishes to continue to consolidate good relations that so happily exist between our two countries.

    Golden Jubilee
    Ladies and Gentlemen;
    The year 2011 was a very special and eventful one for us in Tanzania. We celebrated the golden jubilee of the independence of Tanzania Mainland on December 9th. We used the occasion to look back through the time tunnel of our history. Indeed, the 50 years were full of achievements worth praising. We have been able to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country. We are proud to have remained united and peaceful amidst so many challenges.

    We have made considerable progress in the socio-economic wellbeing of our country and its people. Despite the momentous progress made for the past 50 years, we are mindful of the fact that Tanzania is still in the category of Least Developed Countries. Overcoming the poverty challenge remains the topmost priority of our development agenda. Let me take this opportunity to thank all our friends and development partners for the invaluable support and cooperation which has contributed in a very special way to the progress achieved to date in our country. We look forward to continued cooperation and support. I have no doubt in my mind that through working together we should be able to deliver on the objectives of Development Vision 2025, particularly that of Tanzania becoming a middle income country.

    Constitutional Review
    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen;
    In my new year message, on December 31st, 2010, I spoke about my intention to initiate a Constitutional review process as part of our independence Golden Jubilee celebrations. Indeed, the process is already underway. The legislation is already in place. It is my sincere hope that in the next few months, the Constitutional Review Commission will be on the road listening and collecting views of Tanzanians on the things they want to see included in their new Constitution. I hope also things will go according to plan and that by 2014 the country will have a new Constitution which will be used in the next General Elections of 2015.

    The Economy
    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen;
    On the economic front, 2011 was not an easy year for our country as has been the case for many countries in the world. Of course, the
    level of impact differed from country to country, depending upon the strength of the respective economies. For a poor country like ours, the shocks became severe because of being weak and unable to withstand the effects and respond effectively. The rising global oil and food prices, the slow recovery of the global economy, the Euro zone crisis, the weakening of the Tanzanian shilling as well as power rationing and food shortages in 36 districts occasioned by drought have affected negatively the pace of our economic growth and price stability. Inflation rose from 5.6 percent in December, 2010 to 19.2 percent in November, 2011. As a result of all these, we have daunting challenges to contend
    with this year. I am confident, however, that with the plans and programmes we intend to initiate and, if we get the support of partners
    and friends of Tanzania, we should be able to rise to the challenges and prevail. We are still hopeful that our economy will grow at around 7
    percent and that inflation will be brought down to a single digit by June, 2012.

    Investment

    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen;
    It is the intention of our government to be more proactive in the promotion of investment in Tanzania in the year 2012. We will increase
    advocacy about the investment potential of Tanzania. We are in the process of identifying specific productive and services sectors and subsectors to be afforded special attention this year. We will continue to take measures to improve the investment climate. We are not quite happy with the scores we have been getting in some indicators on Doing Business Reports. We are working to improve matters in the identified areas of weakness. With regard to Foreign Direct Investment, we will continue to rely on your support and cooperation to tell investors in your respective countries to come and take advantage of Tanzania's immense potential.

    Other Major Events
    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen;
    In my last year's address to you, I expressed our apprehensions about the scarcity of rainfall and its possible impact on food security in
    the country. Indeed, our worries were well founded and, consequently 423,530 people from 36 Councils in 13 Regions of Tanzania experienced
    food shortage. To respond to the situation, my government availed food aid to the affected population. The drought, also affected power supply in the country forcing us to out-source generators from private operators which have become a big burden to TANESCO and the government. Power supply has now stabilized and our eyes are now focusing on long term solutions. We have begun to put into place a set of measures which, if successfully implemented, we may have a lasting solution to these recurrent power shortages.

    Excellencies;
    My message this year is different, we have had good rains so far and in some places too much rain to the extent of causing devastating
    flash floods like what happened in Dar es Salaam last December. Nevertheless, we pray for good rains to continue until the end of the rainy
    season in May. If that happens, there is going to be a good harvest of grains, there will be no food shortages this year. Also, if rains are good in the catchment areas of Mtera, Kidatu and Kihansi dams, the power shortages will ease and the burden to TANESCO and the country will subsequently be eased.

    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen;
    Let me use this opportunity to thank those of you who have come to the assistance of the victims of the flash floods in Dar es Salaam. The
    process of resettling them has just started. In fact more support is required now to assist them rebuild their lives ,and enable the
    government to effectively support the victims. Whoever can contribute in any way towards this worthy humanitarian cause is welcome. We will
    greatly appreciate that. The Dar es Salaam flood disaster, and others, experienced in 2011, such as the Gongolamboto explosions and the sinking of MV Spice Islander in Zanzibar remind us of the urgency of strengthening Government's capacity to respond to disasters. And more importantly, also building capacity for early warning so as to be able to prevent disasters from happening and reduce their impact when they do occur. We count on your continued support and cooperation in these important noble objectives.

    The Regional Scene
    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen;
    On the foreign policy front, Tanzania will continue to be a responsible member of the regional and international community. Our
    commitment to regional integration and cooperation remains firm, and will continue to guide us in the years ahead. We are members of the
    East African Community and the Southern African Development Community. We will continue to be faithful and proactive members of
    these two regional economic groupings. We are satisfied with the progress being made by both on the integration agenda. We welcome the signing of the declaration to launch the negotiations for the establishment of the COMESA-SADC-EAC Tripartite Free Trade Area on 12th June, 2011 by the leaders of three regional groupings. We agreed that in four years, we will establish a Grand Free Trade Area from Cape Town to Alexandria with a market of 600 million people and a combined GDP of USD 1 trillion. We look forward to the support and encouragement from our development partners and friends in the international community towards the realization of this noble dream.

    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen;
    Yet another important milestone worth mentioning is the successful holding of the 4th Ordinary Summit of the Conference on the Great Lakes
    Region on the 16th December, 2011 in Kampala, Uganda. For us in Tanzania it was an occasion to celebrate the sterling job done by
    Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, the first Executive Secretary of the organization. I am glad she was able to do an exemplary job of creating
    a secretariat and she left it functioning very well. As a result, the CGLR has become a dependable organization for promoting peace, stability
    and development. Indeed, except for a few spots in one or two countries, our region is much more peaceful today than it was six years
    ago; thanks to the good work done by the Governments, youths, women and civil society organizations of our region under the auspices of the
    CGLR. I believe, we are now in better place to attain lofty objective with regard to socio-economic development in the next few years.

    The International Scene
    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen;

    Regrettably, the global scene is far from being salubrious, partly due to events that are beyond human control and some caused by
    actions taken by human beings. Last year, we witnessed a terrible tsunami in Japan. We also witnessed harsh climatic conditions that led to one of the worst famines in six decades in the Horn of Africa, as well as the severe floods that claimed hundreds of lives in Asia and elsewhere. Piracy and acts of terrorism also claimed lives of many innocent people and wounded others in several countries. Once again my heart goes out to the victims of all the natural and man-made tragedies that took place last year. With regard to piracy we are determined to continue to fight the
    pirates in our territorial waters. Let them know that, their life is in great risk by venturing into Tanzania. At the same time we will expedite the
    negotiation on transfer of prisoners with the EU and other bilateral partners.

    Global Response to Global Challenges Through Multilateralism
    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen;

    In the recent past there has been an increased consensus among the world's nations on the need for a global response to global challenges. Among the chief pre-occupations, henceforth, is how to facilitate the attainment of sustainable development for all with due
    regard to climate change. This can be a daunting endeavour given the world's demographic outburst which currently stands at 7 billion people
    and, which according to United Nations projections, is expected to reach 9.22 billion in 2075. In this regard, it is crucial that we seize the opportunity of international platforms such as the forthcoming Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in June, 2012, to reaffirm our commitment towards the achievement of just, equitable and sustainabl development; and agree on practical interventions for accommodating this population, including ensuring availability of basic services to all. At national as well as global levels, we are duty bound to address, in a comprehensive manner, the remaining gaps in the implementation of outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development. We in the developing countries seek the timely fulfillment of all the commitments made in international fora pertaining to sustainable development; we need fair access to international markets; meaningful access to modern technologies; and an increased voice in global institutions of economic and political governance. If there is a political will, I believe nothing will be impossible to achieve.

    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen;
    We are encouraged by the outcome of COP 17 which put in place a framework for achieving a meaningful conclusion on climate change.
    Indeed, the four political agreements reached at the COP 17 conference in Durban are a significant advance in the climate change negotiations.
    Africa will continue to stand united and speak with one voice on the matter.

    Conclusion
    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen;

    Let me end my statement by once again wishing you and through you to your Principals and countrymen and women my very warm greetings and best wishes for a brighter, secure and prosperous 2012. It is my sincere hope that in the year 2012 together we can overcome the
    common challenges; together we shall prosper; because together we are stronger.
    I thank you for your attention.
     
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