President of Zanzibar, Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein is on an official visit to India from 1 to 9 February 2014. He visited India on the invitation of Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari. Ali Mohamed Shein is heading a 28-member delegation to India along with his wife. During this visit, he along with the delegation visited the Amber Fort of Rajasthan on 1 January 2014. He and his delegation also visited Shish Mahal, Man Singh Mahal, Deewan-e-Aam, Deewan-e-Khas and other places in fort complex. The delegation was on a two-day visit of the state.
During the state visit, the delegation also visited to Barefoot College in Ajmer in Rajasthan that has taught 100 women from his country to make solar lamps. The Barefoot College has trained Zanzibari rural women under India’s ITEC programme. The President visited the college to view the facilities in the college to establish a similar training college in Zanzibar.
It is expected that during this visit, the President of Zanzibar will also visit to Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad to meet with the industry and business leaders and members of Tanzanian community. This visit of the President of President happened nearly a decade after similar visit of his predecessor.
India and Zanzibar shares a strong close historical relationship. Centuries old Indian Diaspora is available in the Zanzibar islands.
Zanzibar is an archipelago that is made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the equator. It is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town - said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, in East Africa
The population of the island is an incredible mixture of ethnic backgrounds of which Islam is the dominant religion and practiced by most Zanzibar people. Also there are followers of Christianity and Hinduism. Population Zanzibaris speak Swahili (known locally as Kiswahili), a language which is spoken extensively in East Africa. Many believe that the purest form is spoken in Zanzibar as it is the birth place of the language.