SA values historical, economic, cultural ties with Tanzania: President
"During our discussions with President Magufuli, we had the opportunity to deliberate on various issues of mutual interest and concern,” said President Ramaphosa.Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 15-08-2019 19:18 IST | Created: 15-08-2019 19:18 IST
President Ramaphosa said this on his first official State visit to the East African country since becoming President in May.
In his remarks, the President said he and his counterpart President John Pombe Magufuli had concluded successful bilateral discussions. "Our visit to Tanzania is an expression of the strength and depth of the bilateral relations between our two countries."
In addition, Tanzania and South Africa affirmed their commitment to the speedy implementation of various sectoral agreements signed to advance people-to-people relations, trade, investment, infrastructure development, and energy cooperation.
Tanzania was appreciative of the fact that 208 South African companies are operating in that country.
"We also expressed a deep wish that we would like to see Tanzanian businesses investing in South Africa. We also wanted to extend a number of products that we can buy from Tanzania," said President Ramaphosa.
On the upcoming Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, President Ramaphosa said he is looking forward to the two-day meeting taking place in Tanzania, which will see President Magufuli take over the chairship of SADC -- a move which South Africa supports.
"We said that we will be supporting him [President Magufuli] as he takes over the chairship of SADC and leading our region to further political stability and economic integration. We are prepared to work with him and Tanzania to ensure that the chairship of Tanzania yields the type of results that Tanzania would want to see." Meanwhile, President Magufuli also shared his country's desire for Kiswahili to be recognized as one of the official languages of communication of the SADC.
"I agree and have pledged my support to a pilot project in this regard," said President Ramaphosa.
The summit will get underway on Saturday.
(With Inputs from South African Government Press Release)