- Jun 25, 2007
Yafuatayo ni maelezo ya ujio wa waziri mkuu wa Italia, Bwn. Prodi na mojawapo ya mafanikio aliyoyapata Mh. Rais kwenye ziara yake Italia.
Source: Daily News.Italy PM to lead team to Dar
Mkumbwa Ally in Milan
Daily News; Friday,October 19, 2007 @00:02
Prime Minister Romano Prodi will lead a 100-strong Italian business delegation to Tanzania early next year under an agreement with President Jakaya Kikwete to "translate the excellent political relations between the two countries into economic benefits."
Mr Kikwete told Italian business people at an investment forum here yesterday that he had fruitful discussions with premier Prodi in Rome on Wednesday in which they resolved it was time to forge stronger economic partnership.
"We agreed that our governments should do everything possible to facilitate the building of the economic partnership," he said.
The two leaders admitted that existing economic co-operation did not match up with the political will. Mr Prodi pledged more Italian participation in Tanzania's industrial development, particularly in textile, leather, furniture, ceramics, telecommunications, dairy and vineyard sectors.
The President said the Italian Minister for International Trade, would come to Tanzania before the end of the year to identify specific areas in which the two countries would strengthen co-operation.
He told the Italian business people that the government had undertaken comprehensive economic reforms and minimized bureaucracy in processing investment agreements, making Tanzania a unique investment destination.
Mr Kikwete invited the Italians to invest in tourism, energy, construction and agriculture, where he said abundant opportunities existed.
One businessman submitted a proposal to develop vineyards in three areas in Zanzibar and the Mainland, a project he said would employ 100 young experts to produce world class wine. The president promised to examine the proposal and facilitate its implementation.
The business forum was later addressed by the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Steven Wassira, Tanzania investment Centre Executive Director Emmanuel Ole Naiko and the Zanzibar Minister for Tourism, Commerce and Investment, Ms Samia Hassan. Some 70,000 Italian tourists visit Zanzibar every year.
Earlier, Premier Prodi's Personal representative for Africa, ambassador Armando Sanguini, said deliberations of the forum, which involved a number of Tanzanian business people, should be followed by concrete action.
President Kikwete returned to Rome yesterday and is scheduled to have an audience with the Pope today.