Distracted Diplomacy

There’s plenty of reading in this week’s Wikileaks dump. The Dar es Salaam cables can be found here. The investment climate, jaded donors and the charm of President Kikwete all feature. No doubt there’s much more – it will take time to go through it all.

But this, from February 2010, was unexpected:

Ambassador Lenhardt delivered reftel points to Foreign Minister Membe on January 25. Membe agreed distracted driving was an issue and promised to follow up with his colleagues in other relevant ministries.

We subsequently delivered the demarche to Omar Chambo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure Development.

No doubt the two exchanges were as useful as most donor-government dialogue here. And how seriously will Mr. Chambo take representations from envoys in future after this case?

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  1. Pingback: The Joy of Six: Highlights from Wikileaks’ release of Tz cables « mtega

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