PRESIDENT John Magufuli and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa who is in Dar es Salaam for three days state visit, signed two Memorandum of understanding and vows to deepen relationship between the two countries on economic, political, cultural and social.
The two heads of states signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in transport related matters including standard gauge rail project, biodiversity conservation, and management as the agreed also to cooperate in the business, mineral, farming, fishing, electric and education.
Speaking differently at State House in Dar es Salaam, Dr. Magufuli and Zuma said the two countries enjoy excellent bilateral relations in which date backing the days of the liberation struggle as they mention their remaining oldest parties in Africa, rulling Tanzania CCM and ANC of South Africa.
President Magufuli said: “I told President Zuma about my government ambition to build industrialized Tanzania by cooperating with South Africa through Southern Africa Development Corridor (SADC). I call investors from the sister country to come and invest.”
In reply, President Zuma said: “We reviewed our bilateral relations which are historical and fraternal in nature. We noted with satisfaction, the growing bilateral cooperation between our two countries naturally in defence, trade and investment, science and technology, agriculture, environment, energy, infrastructure development… to mention the few.”
Trade figures between the two countries in 2016 indicated that Tanzania export amounted to 2.4 trillion shillings while South African were valued at 803.51 Ud dollars
The Presidents also co-chaired the launch of the South Africa-Tanzania Bi-National Commission (BNC) the highest mechanism regulating bilateral relations between two the countries, which his establishing was signed in July 2011.