Suluhu seeks to relaunch $10bn Bagamoyo port mega-project
The president of Tanzania is battling on several fronts to resurrect a project that was initiated by her mentor and former president Jakaya Kikwete but later fell by the wayside.
The Tanzanian president visited France from 11 to 15 February, and made the most of Tanzania's current favourable international position to conclude a series of trade agreements. It was an opportunity to sell a new image of her country to French investors.
Beijing is pushing ahead with its policy of providing military equipment by donating 160 Dongfeng trucks to the army, having already supplied two vessels to the Djibouti navy last year. However, this strategy could be harmful to Djibouti, which is trying to realign itself with the West on both economic and security matters.
Tulia Ackson, the candidate for speaker of the National Assembly, has won the confidence of the head of state. She is a close friend of former president John Magufuli, and a figure capable of authority in the face of dissension in the CCM party.
The Tanzanian army fears that terrorist activity in Mozambique could spread to its territory. It is now turning to new Western partners for help because Beijing, its main ally and military supplier, has not made counter-terrorism a priority.
Former Tanzanian head of state Jakaya Kikwete, who was sidelined during the presidency of John Magufuli, has become an unofficial adviser to new president Samia Suluhu Hassan. He has been pressing for China Merchants' giant Bagamoyo port project, blocked under Magufuli, to resume.
The new president's cabinet reshuffle may have looked like a mere game of musical chairs, but Samia Suluhu Hassan was in fact careful to distance people who were close to her late predecessor John Magufuli and to make the chief of army staff the guarantor of her administration.