The history of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation dates back soon after independence in 1961. Up to December 1963, it was a department under Prime Ministers Office, and the first Minister was Hon. Oscar. S. Kambona.
In 1964 it became a fully fledged Ministry under the name of Ministry of External Affairs and its first Minister was Hon. Stephen Mhando.
Since the elections of 1975, the name of the Ministry has changed twice from External Affairs to Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs to the current Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. During this period, the following Ministers have led the Ministry; Hon. Isaeli Elinewinga, Hon. Ibrahim Kaduma, Hon. Benjamin William Mkapa, Hon. Salim Ahmed Salim, Hon. Joseph Rwegasira, Hon. Ahmed Hassan Diria, Hon. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Asha Migiro
Through its Foreign Policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has its Vision, Mission and Core Values which are as follows:
•Vision of the Ministry:
“To become an effective promoter of Tanzanian’s economic and other national interests abroad”
“To conduct an active diplomacy which will generate economic activities and facilitates Tanzania’s rapid transformation and sustainable development. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is a coordinator of the country’s foreign policy will timely and effectively cooperates with other ministries and institutions in ensuring the achievement of Tanzania’s Foreign Policy”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has the following core values:
To provide excellent services, to be creative, innovative and continuously strive to improve performance by enhancing knowledge and skills.
Integrity on exercise of powers within specified boundaries.
Accountability to the public.