India and Tanzania are set to boost their bilateral cooperation as Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan visits India after an eight-year gap. The visit aims to elevate their relations to a strategic partnership and enhance trade and investment ties. Tanzanian Foreign Minister January Yusuf Makamba anticipates the signing of 15 agreements covering various areas of cooperation.
Elevation to a Strategic Partnership
- Tanzania considers the visit crucial, with expectations of elevating bilateral relations to a strategic partnership.
- Key focus on enhancing trade and investment ties.
Key Agreements and Areas of Cooperation
- Expectations of 15 agreements spanning government-to-government and private sector collaborations.
- Potential announcement of an extension of an Indian-assisted water project in Tanzania.
- India’s substantial contribution of USD 1 billion for water projects in Tanzania.
Business Forum and Bilateral Trade Goals
- Tanzanian President to address a business forum in New Delhi.
- Aiming to sign new deals and partnerships between Tanzanian and Indian companies.
- Objective: Enhance trade volumes and expand bilateral trade to USD 10 billion in the next three years.
Trade Settlement in National Currencies
- Appreciation of India’s initiative for trade settlement in national currencies.
- Benefits include favorable exchange rates and preservation of foreign exchange reserves.
- Technical details being worked out to facilitate increased trade.
- Defense cooperation a pillar of the strategic partnership.
- Collaboration includes capacity building, training, technology transfer, joint patrols, and military exercises.
- Specific equipment needs of Tanzania to be determined in later discussions.
Official Visit Itinerary
- Tanzanian President to receive a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
- Followed by an in-depth bilateral dialogue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Location and Geography
Tanzania is an East African country known for its diverse geography, wildlife, and culture.
- Size: Largest country in East Africa
- Capital: Dodoma
- Language: Swahili and English
- Government: Presidential republic
- Independence: 1961
- Economy: Agriculture, mining, and tourism
- Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
- Religion: Christianity and Islam
- Wildlife: Tanzania is home to iconic animals like lions, elephants, and giraffes
- Tourism: Tourism is a significant industry in Tanzania, attracting visitors for safaris, trekking, and cultural experiences