PM Narendra Modi met the president of United republic of Tanzania on June 19, 2005. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was addressed by PM Narendra Modi. He welcomed the Tanzanian President along with his delegation to India. It is the achievement of Modi Government to host President of Tanzania for the first time on a State Visit to India.

President Kikwete had a dream and he shows his leadership skills for 10 years. The country had reached political stability as well as economic growth. The president had put effort for peace in Africa. They have contributed for the peace and cooperation in Africa. PM Modi appreciates the strong commitment of Tanzania with India. He shares the connection between India and Tanzania is the Indian Ocean. The sea currents have links running back centuries. There are about 50,000 people of Indian origin in Tanzania. Both countries have experienced the struggle against colonialism. Both countries have spoken for equality and dignity of life.

Both countries have become partners in the international forums for the improvement of the developing countries. Both countries have dreamt for inclusive economic development. There is a common interest between India and Tanzania in maritime security in the Indian Ocean and there is a high priority of peaceful and prosperity of Africa. Both countries want to combat terrorism. There is a Joint Working Group and it builds co-operation in counter-terrorism.

Both countries, India and Tanzania share a wide range of interests. There is a close relationship. We are happy to work with Tanzania in trade. We are working as a partner in development. The talks between the two countries are quite productive. PM Modi emphasized on relations with Tanzania in the long term. The trade of 4 billion U.S. dollars is going to be achieved.

President Kikwete was requested to start up new sectors for exports and investments. The investments of India in Tanzania crosses 3 billion U.S. dollars and it consists of many sectors. There is a lot of interest among investors for investing in Tanzania. This will promote trade and development of Tanzania. The government of India cooperated in developing the rich natural gas sector in Tanzania. The cooperation in the maritime sector and ocean economy was also taken care of. It is a major step for the country through an agreement on hydrography. Our country has developed a partnership for the development of healthcare, human resources, agriculture, institutions and infrastructure in Tanzania.

President Kikwete wants to cooperate with India as on grounds of development partnership. Nowadays, people live in Tanzania and trade officials travel in India in large numbers. There are approximately 2000 Tanzanian students in India. President Kikwete will launch our e-tourist visa scheme to Tanzania. The regional and global issues of interest of both countries are brought under discussion. This will increase cooperation in counter-terrorism and maritime security.

The support of Tanzania candidature from India is made. They want a permanent seat in a UN Security Council. PM Modi informed President Kikwete about the Third India-Africa Forum Summit. It will be held in October in New Delhi. We have invited leaders of the 54 countries in Africa. Tanzania is involved in India-Africa partnership. First India-Africa Forum Summit was co-chaired by President Kikwete in 2008. We are expecting him to participate. The relations of India with Tanzania will continue to mature. Our PM finds it pleasurable to host the leader from Tanzania in Delhi. India and Tanzania had close relations along history. The relation between two countries is quite friendly. They have the benefit of commercial exchanges. They have a lot of people to people contacts. Tanzania is the biggest trading partner of India. There is a bilateral trade in 2013-14 being more than US$ 4 billion. India is an important destination for the medical treatment of Tanzanians. The Tanzanians also come to India for education.

Indians form the largest expatriate community in Tanzania and their positive contribution in the progress and development of their host country is well recognized and appreciated. There are over approximately 50,000 to 60000 PIOs living and working in Tanzania. In addition, there are approximately 10000 Indian expatriates.

The MoU is signed. “There is a loan agreement between Exim Bank and Tanzanian government“. The credit is $ 268.35 million for extension of a pipeline project. There is cooperation in the field of hydrology, agriculture and tourism.

In brief, we should discuss Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and Si Narendra Modi. Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete is born 7 October 1953. He is the fourth President of Tanzania, Since 2005, he is in office. Prior to his election as President, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 2005 under his predecessor, Benjamin Mkapa. He had served as the Chairperson of the African Union in 2008–2009. He is also the Chairman of the Southern African Development Community Troika on Peace, Defence and Security in 2012–2013. The president of Tanzania went to Karatu Primary School between 1959 and 1963. Kikwete went to Karatu Primary School in Uganda. Then he went to middle school education at Tengeru School from 1962 to 1965. Kikwete moved to Kibaha Secondary School for his O-levels after Tengeru, They had to work between 1966 and 1969. He completed his school education at Tanga school. He completed his advanced level in this school. He completed his graduation from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1975. He passed there with a degree in economics.

Narendra Damodar das Modi is born on 17 September 1950. He is the 15th Prime Minister of India in office. Sri Modi got his Prime Minister office on 26 May 2014. Sri Modi is a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). From 2001 to 2014, he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat . He is the Member of Parliament (MP) from Varanasi. He was the leader of BJP in the 2014 general election. His party got the majority in Lok Sabha. The Lok Sabha is the lower house of the Indian parliament. This is the first time his party achieved since 1984. He has the credit for victories in election held on October 2014 in Haryana and Maharashtra.

The prime minister is a Hindu nationalist. He belongs to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Sri Narendra Modi’s economic policies encourage economic growth in Gujarat and are praised.

There will be growth of economy of India and Tanzania if both the countries work together. We expect a bright future for Tanzania and appreciate Sri Narendra Modi’s foreign diplomacy policy will help India grow as an economic superpower in the future.

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CONTRIBUTOR: PRATANU BANERJEE

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