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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Trade delegation set to visit Mexico

28th March 2012

The honorary consulate of Mexico in Tanzania has initiated discussion with the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) for Tanzanian trade delegation to Mexico later this year.

Speaking to this paper in an interview recently in Dar es Salaam the newly appointed honorary consul Mohammad Reza Saboor, said he has already met with senior officials of the chamber and discussed various issues including the composition of the trade delegation.

“The delegation will meet their counterparts and see how to develop business opportunities for both countries,” he said.

He noted that if things go well they will be there before end of this year.

Reza said the consulate also plans to participate for the first time at the forthcoming international trade fair to be held in Dar es Salaam at the end of June this year to enable Mexican businessmen look for investment opportunities in Tanzania.

“We have already discussed the matter with officials of the Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade) on our plan to participate fully during the fair,” he said.

Apart from the trade cooperation, the consulate of Mexico in Tanzania will also offer scholarships.

He promised to cement existing ties between two countries which was initiated with introduction of the sisal plant to the country in 1893.

It made Tanga region a major exporter of the crop in the world.

Commenting on the new consulate the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Benard Membe, was quoted as saying the government would strengthen cooperation with Mexico to explore potential areas of investment in the country particularly in mining and energy.

"Trade and investment between two countries is minimal. There is a need for both countries to encourage and promote growth in these important sectors in our relations," he said.

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