Benjamin MKapa


Hon. Benjamin W. Mkapa is the former President of Tanzania, elected in 1995 and re-elected in 2000 for another 5 year term.

Throughout his political career, Former President Mkapa has worked hard to strengthen democracy in Tanzania, entrench civil rights and fight poverty, while increasing the country’s exposure to international trade and investment. He is active in conflict prevention, management and resolution in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, and is an active player in regional economic co-operation within the East African Community, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) an organisation he served as Chairperson for one year from August 2003.

After handing over power following his ruling party’s successful elections in 2005, Former President Mkapa is engaged in a number of prominent global initiatives aimed at reducing abject poverty in Africa, equal economic opportunity for all mankind, and combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Hon. Mkapa is a Co-Chair of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa, an off-shot of the Blair Commission for Africa. He is currently serving as a Panellist in the UNCTAD High Level Panel, and High Level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence on Development, Environment and Humanitarian Assistance. He is also serving as a Commissioner on a UN High Level Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor, a member of the prestigious Paris Club of Former Heads of States and Government, and member to the boards of the African Wildlife Foundation and the Dead Sea Institute. Hon Mkapa is a Co-founder of the Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Fellowship Programme, an initiative aimed at supporting delivery of Anti-Retroviral (ARV) drugs to the under-privileged sufferers of HIV/AIDS in remote rural areas.

Mr. Mkapa is the Chairman of the South Centre, the Geneva-based intergovernmental organization of the developing countries.