Tanzania to learn from Botswana successes in mining, beef expotst

11Jun 2021
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzania to learn from Botswana successes in mining, beef expotst

TANZANIA is set to send a team of experts to Botswana for benchmarking the country’s success in the mining sector and beef exports which earn it hundreds of millions in foreign currencies annually.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan and her visiting Botswana counterpart, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, exchange greetings in style at State House in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Photo: State House

In a joint press conference after their meeting, President Sami Suluhu Hassan said that they agreed to strengthen bilateral relations in trade and investment by emphasizing business links to take up trading opportunities available.

Botswana leads in the mining sector and in beef exports across the continent and in global ranks, she said, underlining that it could provide a lesson to this country’s mining sector, as the team shall study the country’s strategies of developing and exporting minerals.

“Despite the fact that our country is second among countries with a large population of cattle, Botswana is doing better. Therefore this is an opportunity to share experience to develop our sector for the people’s development,” the president declared.

She said trade between the two countries had increased from 731m/- in 2005 to 3.5bn/- last year, with Botswana having invested $231m and created 2128 jobs locally.

For his part, the visiting Botswana President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi said his government was ready to share experience with experts from Tanzania to help out in seeking the highest benefits in the mining sector.

Ministers responsible for international relations shall work on the revival of the joint commission cooperation between the two countries and place it on a new footing, he stated.

They will refresh commitments on areas of cooperation that the presidents discussed, especially in tourism, security, livestock, Covid-19 control and civic organisations, he elaborated.

“Come with your delegation and we will share how we mine and benefit from mining activities. We will share and expose what we have done to get water and how we use the water,” he said, underpinning the fact that the.Botswana landscape is largely arid.

“I invite you to come to our country so that we can strengthen our cooperation. As a matter of fact, it must be well understood that the purpose of this tour is to cement the relationship and share experience as the chair of the SADC troika, overseeing regional defence and security,” he added.

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