The U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, Michael Battle, made his first official visit to Zanzibar as U.S. Ambassador May 2-5, 2023. Ambassador Battle began his visit by meeting with Zanzibar’s President, Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, at his office at State House to discuss ways to boost investment and trade between the U.S. and Zanzibar, and expand cooperation on education, health, and marine conservation. Ambassador Battle next joined hundreds of members of the media fraternity of Tanzania to commemorate World Press Freedom Day and signal the strong U.S. commitment to freedom of the press. Later during his visit, Ambassador Battle participated in the launch of a new USAID Tanzania private sector strengthening program to support youth-led businesses. The program will provide access to financing and business development support to 9,000 youth-run businesses on Zanzibar and the mainland. The Ambassador also saw first-hand how USAID Tanzania and CDC Tanzania efforts are achieving huge impact in the education, health, and marine conservation sectors. He also experienced the unique beauty and charm of historic Stone Town during a guided tour led by Tourism Minister Simai Said. The Ambassador said his visit was unforgettable and he planned to return soon.