H. E the High Commissioner paid courtesy call on the Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Affairs; Hon. Prof. G.L Peiris. The Minister welcomed the High Commissioner and informed that the government of Sri Lanka has noticed an increase of almost 500% in Trade between the five countries of East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda), and countries of South East Asia. He said his country, Sri Lanka would very much like to have a closer cooperation with the East African Countries especially Tanzania so as to benefit from the growing economies of these countries. He said that Sri Lanka is soon going to send a delegation of Experts on coconut and rubber crops to Tanzania as a follow up on the request presented by the Tanzanian government during his President’s visit to Tanzania.

Meanwhile, he also thanked Tanzania for its support in the CMAG (Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group on the Harare Declaration).

His Excellency, High Commissioner Kijazi thanked the Hon. Minister for setting aside time for him. He informed that preparations for Tanzania’s participation of CHOGM as well as the Business forum are going on well.

Further, the High Commissioner reminded the Minister that during the President (H.E. Rajapaksa) Visit to Tanzania, some bilateral agreements were signed and some issues were also agreed during the official talks which need following up. The signed agreements are for cooperation in:-
(i) Tourism
(ii) Economic, Commerce and Technical Areas
(iii) Cultural Issues.

He therefore advised that Tanzania High Commission and Sri Lanka Government should discuss and establish a proper mechanism for following up implementation of the agreed areas of cooperation. On the issue of training opportunities for Tanzanians, he promised that the government of Tanzania will identify specific areas of interest and will come back with more details.

Moreover, following new Colombo International Container Terminal which was opened by H.E the President Mahinda Rajapaska, on 6th August, 2013, HE the High Commissioner also expressed an interest for the government of Sri Lanka to look into the question of helping the Government of Tanzania on Port Development and Operations, especially through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) method.