IPP News: Thailand and Tanzania ink 4 co-operation agreements

English: Bank of Tanzania headquarters. Dar es...

English: Bank of Tanzania headquarters. Dar es salaam, Tanzania. Français : Le siège social de la Banque de Tanzanie, à Dar es salaam, en Tanzanie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tanzania and Thailand yesterday signed four bilateral pacts meant to encourage inclusive economic development between the two countries. Finance minister Dr William Mgimwa and Thai Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Surapong Tovichakchaikul inked two of the agreements at the State House in Dar es Salaam in the presence of President Jakaya Kikwete and Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra. The agreements are on promotion and protection of investments and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on technical cooperation. Thai Foreign minister also signed one of the agreements with Home Affairs deputy minister Pereira Silima on the transfer of sentenced persons and cooperation in the enforcement of penal sentences. The fourth agreement was on energy and minerals, inked by the minister Prof Sospeter Muhongo and Director of the state-owned Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand, Porngawat Wathanakul. Before witnessing the signing of the agreements, the Thai Prime Minister and President Kikwete held closed door talks at the State House. The Thai Premier was scheduled to have a discussion with various businessmen in Dar es Salaam late yesterday to brief them on Thailand-African cooperation and investment. The Premier was also scheduled to have an interview with Uongozi Institute officials before participating in the mini exhibition on Thai products. According to the Premier’s itinerary, she is today expected to fly to Serengeti National Park and later to Zanzibar. On arrival yesterday, Premier Shinawatra was received by President Kikwete and other senior government officials.  She received a 21-gun salute and inspected a guard of honour. (Source)

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