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Cablegate: Tanzania: Follow-Up Funding Request to Fy-08 Business

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DE RUEHDR #0380 1711522
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 191522Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY DAR ES SALAAM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7627
INFO RUEHNR/AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 0965

UNCLAS DAR ES SALAAM 000380

SIPDIS

DEPT EB/CBA FOR DWINSTEAD, AF/E FOR JLIDDLE
ALSO AF/EPS FOR ASIBERT
NAIROBI FCS FOR JSULLIVAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ETRD EINV TZ
SUBJECT: TANZANIA: FOLLOW-UP FUNDING REQUEST TO FY-08 BUSINESS
FACILITATION AND INVESTMENT FUND (BFIF) PROPOSAL

REF: A. DAR ES SALAAM 048
B. STATE 036476

1. Post appreciates the funding from the Business Facilitation and
Investment Fund (BFIF) to support the U.S. Embassy pavilion at the
2008 Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF)(Ref B). This
year the Embassy has recruited numerous companies to participate in
an expanded "Buy USA" pavilion at the DITF fair, which is known
locally as the "Saba Saba" Trade Fair. The fair will run from June
27 to July 8, 2008 at the Saba Saba Fair Grounds in Dar es Salaam.

2. As outlined in Ref A, the "Buy USA" booth the Embassy organizes
at the Trade Fair is central to our FY10 Mission Strategic Plan
(MSP) Economic Growth and Prosperity goal. Over the past five
years, the "Buy USA" booth has substantially contributed to the
promotion of U.S.-Tanzania bilateral trade both under AGOA and on a
broader regional and international scale through improved
U.S.-Tanzanian trade linkages.

3. In 2008, our "Buy USA" pavilion will have a total of 24 exhibit
booths, including:

3 booths promoting US Embassy programs:
Foreign Commercial Service (FCS);
African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA);
U.S. educational programs;

3 booths promoting USAID-affiliated organizations;

1 booth promoting the "Presidents Emergency Program
for Aids Relief"(PEPFAR) and MCC programs;

17 booths featuring U.S.-affiliated private companies;

4. The participating U.S.-affiliated businesses will feature and
sell U.S. products and services such as construction and farming
equipment, communications equipment, energy-saving and natural
resources products, household products, foodstuffs, music CDs and
DVDs.

5. Post appreciates the initial funding of USD 6,775 provided for
this year's Trade Fair pavilion. These funds are earmarked for the
rental of the three U.S. Embassy booths, security, and printing of
the signage and the "Buy USA" catalog. We are now requesting
additional funding of
USD 2,700 for:

$2,200 Costs associated with the decoration
and cleaning of the "Buy USA" pavilion;
$500 Miscellaneous expenses;

6. We recognize that BFIF's past and continued support of the "Buy
USA" booth at the annual Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair has
in large part contributed to the Embassy-sponsored pavilion being
awarded the "First Prize among Foreign Embassies" in both 2007 and
2006. Again, we appreciate your support and anticipate favorable
consideration of this request for additional funding.

GREEN

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