On May 11, 2016, U.S. Ambassador Mark Childress joined the official inauguration of the first Pizza Hut Restaurant in Dar es Salaam. Pizza Hut is an American franchise operating more than 16,000 restaurants in 100 countries across the globe. In his remarks, Ambassador Childress highlighted the contribution that American companies can make to the Tanzanian economy through the creation of jobs, the provision of quality products and services, and supporting an ethical corporate culture. He reaffirmed the U.S Embassy’s commitment to working with all stakeholders to improve the investment climate and promoting American private sector investments in Tanzania.