Tanzania will benefit from China's support in promoting the distribution of ICT (information and communication technologies). The two parties signed a partnership agreement that focuses on the adoption and development of the fifth-generation (5G) mobile technology in the country.
This agreement was signed between the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Nape Nnauye, and the Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, Chen Mingjian. The government showed its readiness to allow investment in 5G network trials as a catalyst for its digital economy drive since Tanzania aims to build a digital economy achieved to spur development and increase employment, especially for young people through technological innovation.
This partnership came after the Tanzanian authorities allowed investments in 5G, as a sigh of relief for companies like Vodacom, which has been advertising its ambitions for this technology since 2020.
Tanzania will therefore benefit from the experience and expertise of Chinese technology companies such as ZTE for the deployment of 5G and related technologies.
In parallel, China supported Tanzania's bid for membership in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), while taking the opportunity to ask Tanzania for its support in various aspiring positions.