The President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, swung by Seattle Thursday for a whirlwind visit to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and to give a talk downtown hosted by the World Affairs Council that was focused mostly on boosting foreign investment in his country.
That same day, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named Kikwete to chair a new initiative aimed at reforming global health – a UN High Level (they are almost always called ‘high level,’ by the way) Panel on Global Health Crises. Created in response to the Ebola crisis, the panel includes outgoing USAID chief Raj Shah.
At the Seattle event, the President’s new job aimed at fixing global health never came up, moderator Chris Elias, head of development at the Gates Foundation, allowed only students in the audience to ask questions after Kikwete spent most of the time boosting his nation’s business investment opportunities and celebrating Tanzania’s strong connections to Seattle.
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