Samia, Kagame meets to discuss economic stability
With President Samia Suluhu Hassan in Rwanda for a two-day state visit starting today, the business community identified seven objectives for bilateral discussions between Tanzania and Rwanda that may enhance intra-trade between the two countries yesterday.
They include economic relations stabilization, the removal of non-tariff trade barriers (NTBs), and the reimbursement of outstanding transactions owed by Rwandan importers to Tanzanian clearing and forwarding agencies and transporters.
Freedom of movement of persons is also on the agenda, as is the construction of a transport and logistics center in Dar es Salaam, the revision of nuisance tax rules in the East African Community (EAC), and the exploration of investment possibilities in both nations.
According to a statement issued by the director of Presidential Communications, Mr Jaffar Haniu, while in Rwanda, President Hassan will have discussions with her Rwandan counterpart, Mr Paul Kagame, and cement bilateral relations would be top of the agenda.
Mr Edward Urio, head of the Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association (Taffa), expected the two presidents to discuss methods for ensuring a smooth flow of Rwandan cargo via the Dar es Salaam Port, with the goal of stabilizing the two countries’ economic ties.