The agreement was reached yesterday when the South Africa High Commissioner to Tanzania Thami Mseleku paid a courtesy call at Isles Minister for Information, Tourism and Archives, Mahmoud Thabit Kombo in his offices.
The two officials said that the plan will succeed by establishing a strategic joint forum which will focus on enhancing the sector.
“The forum should involve ministries and private sector institutions working in the tourism sector…I am enthusiastic to work hard for our objectives and I hope that we will achieve them,” said the minister.
He advised the high commissioner to work on the possibility of the Mango Airlines from South Africa to increase its direct flights to the Isles so as to bring move visitors and tourists.
“Mango is currently the only airline offering direct flights from Johannesburg, South Africa to Zanzibar. In 2018, the airline brought 22,903 visitors from South Africa and we hope the number to rise this year,” he said.
He also welcomed investors from South Africa to come and explore investment opportunities in the tourism, agribusiness, processing and others citing Pemba Island of having plenty of opportunities and attractions.
For his part, Mseleku promised to ensure the relationship between the two countries is bolstered and maintained as the people of the two nations are not only friends but close relatives.
He also vowed that he will make well use of his stay in Tanzania by marketing it to bring more investors for various sectors.
South Africa and Tanzania have strong economy links, with SA being the third largest exporter to Tanzania, with a market share of 9.63 per cent.
South African exports to Tanzania consists of manufactured goods like machinery, mechanical appliances, paper, rubber products, vehicles, iron, steel, services and technologies. Imports from Tanzania are mainly gold, coffee, cashew nuts and cotton.