Tanzanian foreign policy outlook.
On May 30, new Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi told parliament that, under President John Magufuli, Tanzania would never ‘kneel’ before donors to obtain aid. Kabudi’s statement -- and his recent appointment -- suggest a deep underlying shift is underway in Tanzanian foreign policy.
- The government will put more pressure on revenue authorities to use tax to compensate for slowing development aid.
- Authorities will actively enforce strict new investment and natural resources laws, to squeeze revenue from local and foreign investors.
- If domestic revenue falls short, the government may still reluctantly turn to traditional donors, or Chinese loans with fewer conditions.
- Tanzania will likely try to initiate and encourage more business deals with regional neighbours.