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Visit of Mrs. Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs to Tanzania

Smt. Preneet Kaur, Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs of India visited Tanzania at the invitation of Hon’ble Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania on 8-10 July, 2013.

During her visit she called on Hon’ble President, H.E. Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete and held discussions with the Hon’ble Foreign Minister Membe. The two Ministers Co-Chaired the 8th session of the India-Tanzania Joint Commission Meeting and presided over its Opening Session on 8th July and Closing Session on 9th July 2013.

In talks with the President Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, Minister Preneet Kaur emphasized continued commitment to forge stronger and closer ties with Tanzania building upon the excellent traditional ties with Tanzania which have origin in the pre-independence period. President Kikwete reviewed the current level of development partnership between the two countries including use of Indian lines of credit, grants and capacity building training programmes in specific areas of Tanzania’s growth story, and exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. He mentioned certain new areas where he hoped Tanzania would be able to use the expertise available in India for its benefit. The Tanzanian President assured the visiting Indian Minister of his country’s support for India’s aspiration for a permanent seat in a reformed United Nations Security Council.

In discussions with the Tanzanian Foreign Minister, the Indian Minister reviewed the growing commercial, economic and people to people ties and discussed issues of interest in the regional and global context. The two sides agreed to strengthen bilateral ties in all fields, including security and defence, and to resolve remaining outstanding financial matters.

Smt. Preneet Kaur also joined Hon’ble Dr. Abdulla Kigoda, Tanzanian Minister for Industry and Trade at a business event organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in cooperation with the Confederation of Tanzanian Industry (CTI). The CII had organized the visit of a multi-sectoral Indian business delegation to Tanzania during the visit of the Indian Minister.

The India-Tanzania Joint Commission deliberated on areas of bilateral cooperation, including agriculture and rural development, health, education, small and medium industries, mining and minerals, industrialization, energy, telecommunications and ICT, tourism and connectivity, water resource development, cooperation in the areas of women and child development, sports and youth affairs and development partnership between India and Tanzania. Both sides worked towards concrete measures to consolidate and strengthen the ties in these areas, which have been reflected in the Agreed Minutes signed by MOS(PK) and the Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Dar es Salaam on 9th July 2013.

09 July 2013


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