Our reason for withdrawal is simple. We are party to too many regional trading organisations. The sum effect of this means that our membership is extremely costly to sustain and we must rationalise our participation in such ventures.
Reason for withdrawal from COMESA, September 1999 
We have a propensity for starting and joining all kinds of organisations, the result was that we were spending more time in conferences than implementing the decisions.Benjamin Mkapa
Terrorist attacks in their own countries do not generate travel advisories aimed at discouraging citizens of other countries from visiting. Why is it that only when threats of terrorist attacks are perceived in our kind of countries are travel advisories issued?Benjamin Mkapa
We could have waited for a donor to appear, but we believe in the spirit of self-development and confidence. We are not so poor that we are unable to carry out this project.Benjamin Mkapa
When a jumbo jet crashes, we will rush in with assistance, but we forget that each day 30,000 children die unnecessarily from poverty-related preventable causes - equivalent to 100 jumbo jets crashing every day.Benjamin Mkapa
"(I support Mugabe) Because we have completed the process of decolonisation while Zimbabwe has not."Benjamin Mkapa
I am aware that many regard me as an anti-sports character person, but the truth is that the country’s economy by then was in bad shape. Tanzania being among the highly indebted countries, I had to give sports the least prominence during my first term, while setting priorities in revitalising our economy.Benjamin Mkapa