Tanzania's Suluhu Delivers First State of the Nation Address

President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced several priorities for her government in her first address to Parliament since taking the oath of office as head of state after the death of John Magufuli. Focusing on  agriculture, fisheries and livestock, Suluhu said the country's agricultural productivity remained low despite the fact that 65% of Tanzanians were farmers. She said the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic had affected the global economy adversely, and Tanzania was not spared with economic growth declining from 6.9 percent to 4.7 percent.

Prior to the address, analysts said they hoped that she would touch on several pressing issues. This included concrete steps to improve the business environment, fostering discipline in the use of public money, workers' welfare, sustainability of development projects, constitutional review, democracy, employment, and a higher education loan repayment model for former students.

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Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan (file photo).

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