Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

5 January 2014

Tanzania: Chinese Navy Escort Fleet Boosts Local Markets

Dar es Salaam — TWO gigantic Chinese warships paid a friendly visit to Dar es Salaam after their escort mission to the Gulf of Aden.

During the visit, Chinese navy personnel conducted exchanges and interactions with their Tanzanian counterparts and invited thousands of people from all walks of life to tour the ships, and sent 680 navy personnel into the town for sightseeing.

What is worth noting is that the short visit of few days has brought considerable market opportunities and revenue, more than 500m/- according to incomplete statistics. Many businessmen hailed this as another big Boxing day after Christmas.

First, the fleet itself has huge demand for its operations, including an income for local suppliers in area like berth and logistic supplies. The fleet rented more than ten big buses for this visit. Secondly, the fleet visit increased the local product export.

Agriculture is the pillar of Tanzanian economy, its coffee, black tea and honey are well known and draw great interest of Chinese navy.

To cater to the demand, Mlimani City supermarket, the most popular and largest supermarket, opened one hour earlier, igniting a new round of shopping spree after Christmas.

Thirdly, the fleet visit promoted Tanzanian crafts. The cultural market has huge potential and the woodcarving and Tinga tinga paintings have become more and more popular to the Chinese.

The Chinese navy personnel were attracted to the unique culture products and rushed to buy them. It is said the warships' visit could have brought in over 1 billion shillings income to locals.

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