CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE BENJAMIN MKAPA FOUNDATION (BMF) AT THE OPENING OF THE 2ND MKAPA LEGACY HIGH LEVEL SEGMENT ON 14TH JULY, 2022, ZANZIBAR.
Your Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania;
Your Excellency Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar, Chair of the Revolutionary Council and Settlor of the Mkapa Foundation;
Excellencies Former Presidents of the United Republic of Tanzania and Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar;
Your Excellency Joachim Chissano, Former President of the Republic of Mozambique;
Your Excellency Othman Masoud, First Vice President of Zanzibar;
Your Excellency Hemed Suleiman Abdulla, Second Vice President of Zanzibar;
Honorable Zuberi Maulid, Speaker of the House of the Representative;
Honorable Mama Anne Mkapa, Former First Lady and a widow of Late President Benjamin William Mkapa;
Honorable Mariam Mwinyi, First Lady of Zanzibar;
Mama Fatma Karume and Former First Ladies;
Honorable Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Senior Government Officials;
The Board of the Mkapa Foundation Board (BMF);
Excellencies Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Members of the Diplomatic Corps;
Our distinguished development partners and sponsors;
Ladies and Gentlemen!
When I gave my statement last year on the commemoration of the first Mkapa Legacy, I expressed our commitment and a promise that, under our watch, the Foundation will carry on and the legacy of our beloved Founder and Settlor, Late President Benjamin William Mkapa will be sustained. I am standing here today with pride that we have made it to the second year.
Our Board remains true to our mission and vision of transforming lives. The Foundation has continued to be trusted and supported by our partners and stakeholders who are gathered here today. Our story of success cannot be mentioned without acknowledging the support we received from both governments of Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Last year, we launched the Benjamin Mkapa Endowment Fund with the aim of mobilizing funds to sustain the work of the Foundation and prepare us for being self-reliant in the future. I thank Your Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania for launching the Fund and promised to contribute to it. We appreciate that we received your contribution as promised. You kept your words.
Equally, we thank Your Excellency Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi for contributing to this Fund as promised. We thank you more for accepting to be our new Settlor. We are lucky that you know us well. You were a Founder Chairperson of the Board. There could be no other good choice to take over from the Late President Mkapa than you. We feel safe under your able pair of hands. Our fear towards the future has vanished and You brought us hope.
Apart from the Endowment Fund, we are in the right footing on our plan towards long term sustainability. Our Foundation through its special purpose business vehicle, namely Imara Horizon Company is to construct an investment building in Dar es Salaam (Mkapa Health Plaza) and if all goes well, we look forward to accomplishing the project by end of year 2023. These two, the Endowment Fund and the Investment Building are showing our serious commitment towards becoming self-reliant in line with what our Late President Mkapa was known for.
Mine today are few words. I came here to thank you and our partners and supporters for your continued support. And to brief you on the progress we have made since last year with regards to the Endowment Fund and an Investment Building. I take this opportunity once again to assure you that under our watch, this Foundation will continue to live up to your expectations and its vision and mission. Now that we have you President Mwinyi as our Settlor, we face the future with a lot of confidence.
With these few words, I thank you all for listening and welcome you again to the 2nd Mkapa Legacy Symposium in Zanzibar.