New Tanzanian ambassador sent to United States


Tanzania has named a new ambassador to the United States, the first woman diplomat to represent this African nation to the US since the two countries developed bilateral relations almost fifty years ago.

President Jakaya Kikwete transferred Mrs. Mwanaidi Maajar from Tanzania’s High Commission in London to Washington DC to take over from Mr. Ombeni Sefue who has been in tour of duty to the United States for about four years.

Mrs. Mwanaidi Maajar becomes the first woman ambassador ever to represent Tanzania in the United States, a rare diplomatic post to be assigned to women diplomats from the African continent, where most ambassadors from this continent to North America are predominantly men diplomats.

She holds a higher degree in law and has been a prominent, professional lawyer in Tanzania’s law chambers before her first appointment to represent Tanzania in United Kingdom four years ago.

While in London, Mrs. Maajar was ranked a best diplomat who managed to link Tanzania, UK, and other European nations through her office.

The United States is Tanzania’s major tourist market, which offers the most high-spending tourists compared to other world travel markets, also in terms of quality. About 60,000 American tourists visited Tanzania’s tourist attractions last year.