What Tanzania stands to gain from Polish president visit

TANZANIA: PRESIDENT of Poland Andrzej Duda state visit to Tanzania is poised to bolster bilateral ties between the two countries and pave the way for enhanced cooperation across various sectors, pundits have forecasted.

Mr Duda (pictured), accompanied by a delegation, embarked on a tour of three African countries—Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda— from February 5 to February 9, aimed at boosting political, economic and military ties with East African nations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Cooperation has confirmed that President Duda, along with his spouse Agata Kornhauser Duda, is expected to arrive in Tanzania today at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), where he will be received by the docket minister Mr January Makamba.

Commenting on the significance of the visit to ‘Daily News’ separately, analysts have hailed the tour as a new dawn for both nations, cementing a partnership built on mutual respect and benefit.

The President of Tanzania Association of Accountants (TAA), Mr Godvictor Lyimo, highlighted the potential for mutual learning, citing similarities between Tanzania and Poland in natural resource endowment.

“Poland is relatively well endowed with natural resources just like Tanzania, they have bituminous coal, natural gas, copper and lead. This means we have a lot of synergy to assist one another in common areas,” he said.

Mr Lyimo emphasised the importance of capacity building in resource management, technology transfer, and value addition, noting opportunities for Tanzania to tap into Polish expertise in contract management and negotiation. Another element is the market.

“Since we have many resources that they do not, it is crucial to figure out how to enter their market. Between us and them, there is a great deal, “Mr Lyimo stated.

He went on to say that Tanzania will gain a great deal in the resource management sector from Polish individuals, since they have a lot of experience in contract management and negotiation.

The Public Relations Manager and lecturer at the Centre for Foreign Relations (CFR), Mr Innocent Shoo, said the visit may culminate in the signing of several bilateral agreements with Poland aimed at boosting relations between the two countries.

The agreements may include agricultural cooperation, trade, investment and tax solidarity.

“These Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) will cement our aspirations to promote bilateral partnerships and open up new avenues for collaboration,” he said.

Mr Shoo further said Poland business and economic forum will also realise the endorsement of various instruments of collaboration between the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency, as well as between the respective national chambers of commerce to facilitate trade between the two nations.

He said during this visit, President Samia Suluhu Hassan may request President Duda to consider supporting the Call to Action that was adopted by world leaders through the “Nairobi Declaration”, the outcome document of the Africa Climate Summit that was held in September last year.

Tomorrow, President Samia will host Mr Duda at the Dar es Salaam State House, where the two leaders, accompanied by their respective delegations, will talk about bilateral cooperation between Tanzania and Poland and how to improve them.

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