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Welcome message from Ambassador Sherlock

Ambassador Paul Sherlock

Dia dhaoibh go léir. Fáilte go Ambasáid na hÉireann.

I am delighted to welcome you to the website of the Embassy of Ireland in Tanzania. It is a privilege for me to represent Ireland in Tanzania.

The relationship between Ireland and Tanzania dates back to the pre-independence period of our two countries. Irish missionaries first came to Tanzania in the mid-19th century establishing a relationship of friendship and solidarity that endures to this day. Over the decade following Tanzania’s independence, other Irish people followed in their footsteps. They came to work side by side with Tanzanians to support them in their nation building efforts while many Tanzanians pursued higher education in Ireland. We are aiming to increase the number of Tanzanian fellowships in the years ahead and encourage more students to study in Ireland.

There is increasing interest in the potential to grow business and trade between our two countries. Tanzania is one of Africa's fastest growing economies. Its young vibrant population is creating economic opportunities for both countries. The Embassy supports Irish businesses operating in Tanzania and is open to help new businesses navigate the market for the first time.

Our development cooperation programme is built on the values of partnership and openness and a shared commitment to ending poverty and reducing inequality. We work closely with the Government, UN and NGOs in areas such as health, nutrition, agriculture and human rights. We maintain a particular focus on women and girls, recognising that they are often left behind in the development process.

Ireland and Tanzania are countries very different in scale and population, yet through our shared history of colonialism, and nation-building, we find much common ground. Our values and our commitment to international norms ensure that there are many opportunities for cooperation at an international level, particularly at the UN where Ireland is a candidate for a seat on the Security Council in 2021/2022. 

There is a small but vibrant Irish community in Tanzania which the Embassy team is committed to serve and support. The community itself makes an important cultural contribution by its engagement in the fields of literature, drama, music, dance and sports.

Our aim at the Embassy in Dar es Salaam is to maintain and deepen relations between Ireland and Tanzania, and also with Burundi, DRC, Seychelles and Comoros where we are also accredited. For those of you planning on visiting, we recommend registering your details with the Embassy and checking our Travel Advice Section before you go.

I am committed to communicating my work and the work of the Embassy to a wide audience by using this website and our twitter accounts, which provide constant updates on the work of the Embassy and the day to day work of an Irish Ambassador in a busy African mission.

Finally, we always welcome feedback on our website and on the services we provide – please Contact Us with any comments or queries.

Paul Sherlock

Ambassador Sherlock's Curriculum Vitae