Dar economic path enhances cross-regional cooperation

DAR ES SALAAM: TÜRKIYE’S Ambassador to Tanzania, Mehmet Güllüoğlu has stated that the economic diplomacy path currently being pursued by the Tanzanian government presents a great opportunity to enhance cross-regional cooperation.

The diplomat made his observation during a panel discussion organised by the embassies of Indonesia, South Korea and Türkiye in Tanzania, in collaboration with the University of Dar es Salaam’s Institute of Development Studies.

The diplomat sees the bilateral ties between his country and Tanzania remaining strong and is poised to grow stronger and stronger day by day.

Under MIKTA, an informal middle-power partnership between Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Türkey and Australia, the embassies organised the event in which scholars shared their perspectives on development studies, political science, international science, international trade and business, as well as economic diplomacy.

The discussion was themed ‘Learning from MIKTA: Charting Tanzania’s Path towards Inclusive Growth and Digital Transformation in a Multilateral World.’

Indonesian Ambassador to Tanzania, Triyogo Jatmiko mentioned that a post-harvest cassava processing capacity-building training will be conducted in Jakarta early next year.

He said Tanzania, among Global South countries, will participate at the event. According to the envoy, the initiative will involve expert speakers from MIKTA countries, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange with other Global South countries.

Korean Ambassador to Tanzania Kim Sun-Pyo pointed out that panel discussions demonstrate how MIKTA group members are collaborating, reaching out to Tanzania to raise awareness and understanding of the partnership, paving the way for deeper linkages and cooperation between the Tanzanian Government and MIKTA group representatives in the country.

Opening the panel discussion, University of Dar es Salaam’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof William Anangisye, reminded participants of the roles played by Tanzania’s founding father, Julius Nyerere, in fostering cooperation and partnership between Tanzania and other Global South countries through the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

The academician suggested that the same spirit of Mwalimu should be fostered and strengthened with shared commitments between Tanzania and the MIKTA group.

Initiated in 2013 on the margins of the 68th UN General Assembly, the MIKTA group, a consultative platform among democratic countries with open economies, celebrated its pivotal 10th-anniversary leaders’ meeting at the Bali G20 Summit on 15 November 2022.

Guided by shared values like democracy and a commitment to international cooperation, the group plays a crucial role in addressing global issues such as climate change, sustainable development, and women’s empowerment.

In the face of unprecedented global challenges, the MIKTA group stands united in navigating crises and contributing to international peace, stability, and prosperity.

As the world grapples with the ongoing risk of pandemics, escalating geopolitical tensions, and deepening divisions among nations, MIKTA remains committed to fostering inclusive and equitable multilateralism.

The partnership navigates complex global dynamics, emphasising its role as a bridge builder, promoting democracy, fostering inclusive economic recovery, and strengthening multilateralism.

MIKTA’s strategic position as G20 members, contributing over 10 per cent to global trade, makes it a balancing force in today’s interconnected world.

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