What Happened: Tanzania's ambassador to China suggested during a visit to Hong Kong that the $10 billion Bagamoyo port project, which according to earlier reports had been canceled, might continue after all, the South China Morning Post reported July 11.
Why It Matters: News of the project's cancellation came amid a broader move toward resource nationalism by the Tanzanian government as it tried to raise revenue as well as increased skepticism of foreign investment projects over financing concerns.
Background: Work on the port, which began in 2018, will likely continue, although it remains possible that both sides will renegotiate crucial aspects of the project.
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