Remarks By Eng. Joseph Kizitto Malongo, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry Of Industry, Trade And Investment Of The United Republic Of Tanzania At The Opening Session Of Tanzania – India Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting Of The Officials Held At Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, India On The 28th August, 2017.

Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry;

Representatives of Ministries and Government Agencies in India;

Business Community from Tanzania and India;

Dear Colleagues,

Friends from the Media;

Distinguished Guests;

Ladies and gentlemen,

Good morning!


Let me, first of all, express my very sincere thanks to you and through you, to the Government of India for the hospitality that has been extended to me and to my delegation since we arrived in this incredible country, India.

We are deeply grateful to the Government of India for agreeing to host this 4th India – Tanzania Joint Trade Committee (JTC). You have gone extra miles to ensure our stay here is comfortable.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1961, Tanzania and India have maintained sound diplomatic relations. Economically, we have been traditional trading partners because we have same historical background. Our merchants have traded since early nineteenth century. And, the vast stretch of Indian Ocean has kept our societies and our people connected.


Excellencies, Dear Participants,

This 4th JTC is happening just one year after our two Great Leaders of our two nations met in Dar es Salaam during the official visit of the Honourable Prime Minister Modi to Tanzania in July, 2016. During this visit, our two leaders discussed and agreed on a wide range of issues aimed at boosting ties in Tanzania and the African continent in general, particularly in the economic sphere.

Allow me to quote few words from your Prime Minister’s speech during that historic visit: “Our focus is to shape an action oriented agenda of cooperation, so that we talk less of potential and more of achievements on the ground””. End of quote. It is by this quote of our leaders that, I am also sure that our JTC will come out with an action-oriented understanding to carry forward this agenda.

It is common knowledge for Tanzania that India tops among our greatest trade partners. These few statics speak for themselves:

  • Our two way annual trade stands at around US$ 3 billion;
  • Indian investments in Tanzania already total around US$ 3 billion; and
  • Indian businesses in Tanzania continue to grow and expand.

Dear Friends, Colleagues,

You will recall that, during our leaders’ meeting last year, they confirmed that our common desire of economic prosperity for our societies is creating new opportunities for expanding our cooperation. For this, both of our countries agreed in among other things to:

  • Deepen our partnership in agriculture and food security, including through enhanced export of pulses from Tanzania to India;
  • Work together in development and use of natural gas;
  • Partner in building of industrial economy, capacities and institutions in Tanzania; and
  • Deepen our trade and investment partnership by encouraging greater industry to industry ties.

We are therefore; very optimistic that, through the implementation of our Trade Agreement of 2000, which forms the basis of this meeting we have the opportunity to explore massive areas of cooperation. In addition, this is the reason we decided together with this JTC, we also conduct the Business and Investment Forum as well as industrial visit so that we cement and facilitate trade and investment linkages.



Allow me to appreciate that, since the last JTC meeting that was held in 2013 in Dare s Salaam, there have been quite a significant number of achievements for which we are grateful. Indeed, the support that Tanzania has enjoyed from India in the various fields has been remarkable and exemplary. I am pleased to mention but a few as follows:

i) Improvement of Dar es Salaam and Chalinze water projects: The project has increased water supply form 82 million litres per day to 196 million litres per day to the targeted areas. H.E Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania inaugurated the project on 21st June this year.

ii) Extension of Lake Victoria pipeline project to Tabora Region: The realization of this project will benefit more than 1,433,004 people in Tabora, Nzega and Igunga. The project is currently underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

iii) Water project in 17 towns (Tanzania Mainland): The Line of Credit of US$ 500 Million for water supply project in 17 towns including Muheza, Wanging’ombe, Makambako, Kayanga, Songea, Zanzibar, Geita, Kilwamasoko, Handeni, Njombe, Mugumu, Chunya, Sikonge, Makonde, Manyoni, Kasulu and Rujewa.

iv) Rehabilitation and improvement of water supply system in Zanzibar: This line of credit was extended during the visit of your Prime Minister in July 2016, which providing a Line of Credit will loan of US$ 92.2 Million to improve water supply in Zanzibar. The implementation process of the project is at its final stage.

v) We are pleased that India has also financed the establishment of two India - Tanzania Centres of Excellence in Information and communication Technology (ICT) at the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) and Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha.

vi) In the health sector, India donated and facilitated the set up of a radiation therapy machine at Bugando Medical Centre, Mwanza through Panacea Technologies in July 2016 and installation process were completed in December 2016.

vii) In July 2016, India agreed to extend support to Tanzania for the establishment of a Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in Zanzibar.


Excellencies, Dear Participants,

In spite of these achievements, we both know that we are far from attaining the goals we set for ourselves and there is always a big room for improving our economic ties. We know that room exists for improving imports of goods and services from India to Tanzania because we can see the quality of products that you produce and which offer value for money.

Tanzania also can export more to India given the range of goods and services that we can offer. We can produce a wide range of goods, from cotton, coffee, tea, cloves, cashewnut, rice, pulses and so on, and most of these are products you also buy from overseas. Even more important, Tanzania can be the destination of choice for Indian investment.

In closing, let me assure our host that we are determined to ensure that this JTC enhances the agreements reached by our two countries as well as come up with other cooperation areas. I believe our meeting will be productive and a great success.

I thank you for your kind attention!