Tanzania, Qatar commit to strengthen ties

DODOMA: THE Vice-President, Dr Philip Mpango on Monday held talks with the Ambassador of Qatar to Tanzania, Mr Fahad Rashid Al-Muraikhi at the Chamwino State House in Dodoma, where they committed to strengthen ties between the two countries.

Dr Mpango said Tanzania will continue embracing the cooperation between the two nations for mutual lasting benefits.

“We appreciate the cooperation that exists between our two friendly countries and indicate again our commitments to strengthen our cooperation even to greater height; I have looked at the trade numbers… there is significant improvement yes, but not enough,” Dr Mpango said.

He said key areas that can be used on strengthening the bilateral cooperation are health sector, research, oil and gas as well as the entire petrochemical industries.

Mr Mpango also welcomed Qatar investors to come and set up factories in Tanzania, especially in areas of on medical equipment and medicine, saying the country still imports large portion of its medicine.

He mentioned tourism sector and investment on human resources including health experts as other areas which the two countries can cooperate.

To combat foster clean energy adoption, he said the two countries can also cooperate on sharing essential alternative energy technologies, which can accelerate citizens’ efforts on mitigating climate change by abandoning cutting trees for firewood.

For his part, Ambassador Fahad said Tanzania and Qatar should strengthen their relations for fully exploitation of immense opportunities available.

He pledged closer cooperate with Tanzania in order to elevate trade ties, while commending President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan’s visit to Qatar earlier this October during the International Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha. He said the visit showcased Tanzania’s readiness on cementing bilateral cooperation.

The two leaders also discussed on how businesspersons and investors from Tanzania and Qatar can carry out tours on one another which in return can enhance collaboration in key sectors including culture and sports.

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