Dar, Singapore explore areas of cooperation

TANZANIA and Singapore are looking to strengthen cooperation in various sectors especially in ports development, trade and investment for mutual benefits.

Vice-President Dr Philip Mpango said during a meeting with Singapore’s Non-Resident High Commissioner to Tanzania, Douglas Foo, that there is a need for Tanzania to learn from Singapore’s success in the port industry.

“Following the success attained in Singapore’s port sector there is a need for strengthening our cooperation to enable Tanzania’s port executives to undergo training and secure modern machines,” Dr Mpango said during the meeting held at the Chamwino State House in Dodoma on Tuesday.

The VP also invited Singapore investors to come to Tanzania and invest in other sectors including, tourism infrastructure, industries, especially in value addition technology for crops and minerals.

He expressed Tanzania’s readiness to cooperate with Singapore in various sectors including ports, health, industry, education, agriculture, trade, blue economy and ICT through investing in electronic equipment.

The VP said the sixth phase government has continued to improve the business and investment environment and cooperate with other nations in various issues and ensure stable policies.

He added that the government has focused on improving human resources by providing fee free education from primary to secondary schools, building education infrastructure and encourage students to pursue science subjects especially for female students.

Dr Mpango also added that the government was also investing in health, water, construction of road infrastructure to connect regions and villages, ensure energy availability and construction of modern railway.

For his part, Mr Foo said Singapore expects to strengthen cooperation with Tanzania in various areas especially in trade and investment.

He said since his country has limited land for agriculture there was a need for cooperating with Tanzania in the sector in order to add value to the crops for the products to penetrate to the Singapore market and other Asian nations.

The envoy said the manufacturing sector contributes 20 per cent of Singapore’s revenue, thus pledging to cooperate with Tanzania by setting up industries and providing technical training which will boost efficiency in the industries.

The High Commissioner said that Singapore has continued to invest in simple technology which facilitates work and monitoring of various issues such as education and health.







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