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The EABC noted that foreign direct investments from the US. to Tanzania stood at US$1.5 billion in 2019, a 5.2 per cent increase from 2018. Tanzania is followed by Kenya – which received US$353 million in the same year – followed by Uganda US$42 million, Rwanda (US$11 million) and Burundi, which managed to attract US$1 million in the same year (2019).

Tanzania has managed to secure the US. as a development partner and as a viable investment in potential sectors such as mining and agriculture. President Samia has worked to give the investment landscape 180 shifts, particularly enhancing the domestic and international confidence in Tanzania’s business climate.

Over the past years, agricultural produce, minerals and textiles have covered most of the goods exported to the US. However, there are other avenues of potential investment in Tanzania, especially in oil and gas, real estate, manufacturing and telecommunications.

Tanzania is not a newcomer to the oil and gas economy. The sector has evolved over the past decade and become a flagship sub-sector that stands to draw billions. The journey to the current standpoint, where Tanzania and a consortium of oil and gas giants have inked preliminary agreements, was tedious but necessary.

Gas exploration has been existing for more than 50 years in Tanzania. The first natural gas discovery in Tanzania was made in 1974 on Songo Songo Island, followed by the second discovery at Mnazi Bay in 1982.

That discovery took the sector’s attention from exploration to commercialization of the two findings, promoting more investments in Tanzania’s onshore and offshore gas explorations.