Tanzania signs Samoa agreement 

TANZANIA: TANZANIA government has signed new partnership agreement with the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) on one hand and the European Union (EU) with its member states.

The new partnership agreement will serve as the new legal framework for EU relations with 79 countries. This includes 48 African, 16 Caribbean and 15 Pacific countries.

The agreement was signed recently by Tanzanian Ambassador to Belgium, Jestas Nyamanga, at the OACPS secretariat’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

The key areas of cooperation in this agreement include sustainable economic growth and development, trade and investment; environmental protection and coping with the effects of climate change.

He further said other areas of cooperation based on the agreement include new threats to peace and security, immigration and mobility, democracy as well as human rights.

Coupled with that, the agreement supersedes the partnership agreement of Cotonou signed in 2000, which will come to an end on December 31, this year.

Cotonou is the partnership agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States of the one part and the European Union and its Member States of the other part, in order to promote and expedite the economic, cultural and social development of the ACP States, with a view to contributing to peace and security and to promoting a stable and democratic political environment.

From January first of next year, this new agreement named Samoa, it will be the basis of policy and law to lead cooperation and partnership with the EU for the next period.

The diplomat further noted that the existing historical cooperation between Tanzania and the EU, which officially started in 1975, have been based on the joint venture agreements that have been signed between the OACPS and the EU member states.

Through the partnership agreements, the country has been benefiting significantly from its cooperation with the EU, in areas various, including trade, investment and tourism.

In a period between 1997 until 2022, the Tanzania received more than 3.4 billion US dollars from the EU investments.

Regarding the trade, sales of Tanzanian products in the EU market have continued to grow per annum, whereby as of 2021 the sales reached 891.5 million US dollars.

Since the country entered into agreement, Tanzania has received the aid of more than 2.3 billion Euro which is equivalent to 6.3bn/- purposely for execution of various development projects.

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