President John Magufuli urges former Arusha Ismailis to think of investing and doing business with Tanzania
By Sultan Jessa
Ottawa: Ontario – President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli has urged former Arusha Ismailis to think of investing and doing business in Tanzania.
“By doing so, you will be showing gratitude to a country you once called home.”
President Magufuli made the remarks in a special congratulatory message to former Arusha Ismailis who will be gathering in Calgary, Alberta, starting July 29 for the threeday reunion, the second major fullscale event since 2010.
In the joint message, President Magufuli and Tanzania’s High Commissioner to Canada, Jack Mugendi Zoka, extended heartfelt congratulations to Ismailis who lived in Tanzania in the 1970s.
“It remains a fact that reunion offers the platform to reflect life in the past, as well as you know that old is gold. It also offers the opportunity to take stock of what you have achieved in your new countries of residence and chart the way forward.”
President Magufuli noted that regardless of many years since Ismailis relocated to different countries, they still have great fond memories of Arusha in particular and Tanzania in general.
The president noted that despite the fact that many have acquired different nationalities he is convinced hearts and minds of many Ismailis have passion for Tanzania.
This, he added, is substantiated by the fact that many will attend the second reunion and there will be many others in years to come.
The Tanzanian president said that children of many former Arusha residents might not know Tanzania was the country where all were groomed.
President Magufuli also assured everyone Tanzania government’s commitment to continue working with all Ismailis closely, and recognizing them as pertinent development partners as the country bents on fighting against ignorance, disease and poverty.
President Magufuli and High Commissioner Zoka wished all former Arusha Ismailis continued good health, happiness and prosperity in whatever they are doing.
The President in particular also reminded them of the need for unity as one of the important factors for success.
“If you remain in unity, the sky will be the limit.” He said.
Reunion activities will include a meetandgreet reception, a picnic, a special brunch and a gala banquet.