In 2007, an online research by AAI identified me as one of successful alumni in Tanzania and I was invited to attend the 2007 gala organised by AAI in which Tanzania was recognised for its efforts to bring about socioeconomic development by achieving a significant progress in education, environmental conservation, and in creating a business-friendly environment for entrepreneurs and investment. The theme of 2007 was: Tanzania: Educating for a Sustainable Future—which highlighted the increasingly important role that a multisectoral commitment to capacity-building at all levels of society plays in Tanzania’s continued success.
The black-tie Gala, held on Sept. 19, 2007 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York, was chaired by American financier and conservationist Paul Tudor Jones II and Reginald Mengi, CEO of Tanzania's IPP Limited. The gala was attended by more than 500 distinguished U.S. and African leaders and top diplomats from all parts of the world. During the gala HE President of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT) accept the AAI African National Achievement Award on behalf of the people of Tanzania.
I had a privilege of meeting the President during the event.
On the following days I was able to visit a few organisations in New York as well as some tourist landmarks such a World Trade Centre (WTC).