Tanzania - South Africa bilateral economic relations in the post-apartheid era

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University of Dar es Salaam
This study is on the bilateral economic relations between Tanzania and South Africa covering the years 1994 to 2004 which shows that the relations between the two countries gained momentum with the end of apartheid in South Africa. In 1994, Tanzania opened up its High Commission in South Africa with Ambassador Ami Mpungwe as the first Tanzanian Ambassador in South Africa and in that sense the architect of the relationship. Through interviewing and documentary search, the study discovered that the status of the bilateral relations is tight and warm and more efforts have been given to strengthen it. Though the trade relations are in favor of South Africa, the two parties have signed a Presidential Economic Commission to promote mutual economic and trade co-operation. Concerning the investment relations, there are almost 150 South African firms in Tanzania and much strength is used to promote investment with the establishment of the Tanzania Investment Centre, a one shop centre. The study reveals that there are elements of national interest in the relation that exists. While Tanzania’s foreign policy attracts investments at any cost to improve its economy, South Africa is expanding its businesses under the umbrella of SADC and NEPAD initiatives as a result of greater political openness. South Africa has replaced European and American companies which were traditionally holding the higher ground in Tanzania. More effort has to be engaged to ensure the local firms are protected so that South African firms do not seem to dominate the markets as alleged.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF HC79.D4K5)
economic, relations
Kiroga, N (2007) Tanzania - South Africa bilateral economic relations in the post-apartheid era, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam.