The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will continue to assist Tanzania in research in health and agriculture sectors.The Foundation co-chair, Mr Bill Gates, assured President Jakaya Kikwete of the continued assistance when they held talks at the State House yesterday. We are ready to continue assisting Tanzania if you will avail your priorities to us, said Mr Gates, who is in the country with his wife, Melinda, on a private family trip.A statement from President Kikwetes assistant press secretary, Ms Premmy Kibanga, said for his part, Mr Kikwete thanked Mr and Mrs Gates for the great assistance they have been extending to the country. In their tour, Mr and Mrs Gates have visited Serengeti National Park. Apart from being on a private tour, the two have also performed a number of official duties, including visiting and inspecting a number of projects which they have been supporting in the country. They have already visited a Research and Training Centre at Bagamoyo District Hospital, which is part of the Ifakara Health Research and Development Centre (IRHDC). The Bagamoyo research centre is aimed at finding the source of cassava disease. They have also visited the Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (Mari). Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports the two institutions.Meanwhile, President Kikwete left yesterday afternoon for Malabo in Equatorial Guinea, to attend the annual meeting of the African Union (AU), which will be under the chairmanship of President Teodoro Obiango Nguema Mbasogo. The main agenda of the meeting would centre on empowerment of youths for development.President Kikwete is expected back in the country on July 2, and on July 3, he will be a chief guest at celebrations to mark International Day of Cooperatives at the national level in Kagera Region. On July 4, President Kikwete would inaugurate the Mwandiga-Manyovu road; launch the construction of Kidahwe-Uvinza road as well as the construction of a bridge across Malagarasi River.