PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete in talks with the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, at the State House in Dar es Salaam on Friday. (Photo by Freddy Maro). By ABDULWAKIL SAIBOKO, 21st October 2011 Daily News PLANS are underway to broaden Tanzanian representation abroad by increasing embassies from the current 32 to 50 by 2020 to enhance the economic diplomacy, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bernard Membe has said. "The government leadership in the previous and the current phase have decided to work on enhancing the economic diplomacy through our embassies, we are therefore focusing on expanding from the current 32 embassies to 50 by 2020 in a bid to fully achieve this goal," he said. Mr Membe who was speaking during the launch of his ministry's weeklong celebration of the 50 years of independence, added that the work of propagating the country to foreign investors and tourists is going on as planned and expectations were high. "Recently I took around ambassadors and high commissioners in the country to see for themselves the tourist attractions that we have in the country and my expectation is that through them, many tourists will flock to our country in the near future," he asserted. In another development, Mr Membe noted that in connection to the economic diplomacy, the government was keen in making sure that the Tanzanian Diaspora are involved fully in developing their country. "It is tentatively believed that there are about two million Tanzanians abroad, these are our relatives, our citizens who went there not because they are criminals but it is because they are looking for greener pastures, we should recognize them and integrate them in pushing our country forward," he said. The Minister assured the Tanzania Diaspora that the new constitution which is in the pipeline will have them recognized as the citizens of Tanzania by granting them a dual citizenship. "We want them to invest at home, bring in more investors and propagate their country wherever they are and be proud of it," he said. Speaking on the 50 years of the ministry, Mr Membe noted that in the past 50 years, Tanzania has set a pace in peace and tranquillity as well as in the democratic leadership. "There are fewer countries in Africa which have sustained peace and tranquillity since independence, likewise there are very few countries which have been able to respect the power of the ballot, but we have been the pioneers of both," he said. Mr Membe further noted that the role played by Tanzania in bringing about peace and tranquillity as well as spearheading respect to democracy in the continent should not be underestimated. "We are looking forward to strengthen our ability in solving international conflicts with the idea of replacing guns with dialogues," he said.