Tanzania, Zambia seek to strengthen cooperation

Acting Director of the Department of Development Cooperation and International Organizations at Zambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr, Sylvester Mundanda

Acting Director of the Department of Development Cooperation and International Organizations at Zambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr, Sylvester Mundanda

Representatives of Tanzania and Zambia are meeting Dar es Salaam to discuss and agree on areas of cooperation aimed at accelerating development in the two countries.

The Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPC) between Tanzania and Zambia opened Wednesday bringing together Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation delegates from both countries to deliberate on issues of mutual interest.

Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, East African Cooperation, Regional Integration and International Cooperation Ambassador Muombwa Ramadhan Mwinyi said the relationship between the two countries is positive.

Ambassador Mwinyi said meeting is intended to jointly analyze progress and challenges facing the implementation of six resolutions adopted during the 8th session of the JPC held in Lusaka 10 years ago.

“These areas include trade, industry, communications, transport, energy, immigration, agriculture, education, sports, mining, tourism, natural resources and culture.

Acting Director of the Department of Development Cooperation and International Organizations at Zambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr.Sylvester Mundanda stated that Tanzania and Zambia are endowed with resources including land, minerals, water and wildlife, and that if put to good use can transform the two economies.

He stressed the importance of agreeing on priority areas and adopt implementation strategies and innovations without neglecting to establish mechanisms for tracking implementation progress and time frame.

Mr. Mundanda noted the JPC meetings are a good opportunity to discuss the economic challenges and develop common strategies to ensure the two economies benefit the citizens of both nations.