South Africa and Tanzania to work on Intra-Africa trade

12 May 2017

There is a need for South Africa and Tanzania to work together in establishing linkages that will allow effective and efficient intra-Africa trade, says President Jacob Zuma.
“In fact, our visit to Tanzania seeks to actualise the same sentiments that the two countries should work together more than ever.

Photo: President Zuma beating the traditional drum as President Magafuli looks on. Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

“Similarly, as we fought the scourge of apartheid, with the same resolve South Africa and Tanzania should use their national resources strategically to combat the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality that are facing our people.

“We must utilise the Binational Commission (BNC) mechanism to consolidate and deepen our bilateral relations,” the President said.

President Zuma was speaking at the State Banquet hosted by Tanzanian President John Magufuli in Dar es Salaam on Thursday night.

The two countries have sixteen agreements and memoranda of understanding, including the two signed on Thursday. “We need to prioritise the implementation of all these agreements. Through the BNC, we shall finalise the outstanding legal instruments. We had a successful engagement with business from both countries. We have agreed to invest in energy and infrastructure amongst other priorities, to address the economic development challenges and remove trade barriers in order to facilitate intra-Africa trade and regional integration,” President Zuma said.

Tanzania is geo-politically and strategically positioned. She is uniquely placed as a member of both SADC and the East African Community. Both organisations share the idea of cross-border economic integration, envisioned by the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area launched in June 2015.

Tanzania honoured for contribution to SA’s liberation struggle

President Zuma’s state visit takes place during Africa month and also during the year of former ANC President, Oliver Reginald Tambo.

He also used the platform to salute Tanzania’s contribution to South Africa’s struggle against apartheid.

“Tanzania in particular, has a special place in the hearts of the South African people and the continent. In this regard, we wish to salute and honour the selfless contribution and support of the people of Tanzania to our liberation struggle.

“It was in recognition of Tanzania’s contribution to our freedom that made Former President Nelson Mandela soon after his release from prison in 1990, to prioritise a visit to this great and true African country,” he said.

President Mandela’s visit was a recollection and expression of his personal appreciation to President Mwalimu Nyerere, whom he had met in 1962, and sought support for the armed struggle and a place to train uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) combatants.

President Zuma said historic decisions that changed the course of history in South Africa were taken here in Tanzania.

“This country afforded our movement the ANC and leadership the space to develop the watershed change in strategy, a gesture that would ultimately result in the eventual overthrow of one of the most inhumane and oppressive systems ever adopted by a regime.

“We will also never forget Tanzania’s contribution to the education of our people. Tanzania heeded our clarion call, when in the aftermath of the 1976 student uprising, our leader Oliver Reginald Tambo approached the Tanzanian Government for the allocation of a piece of land to establish a school for South African’s banished from their country to pursue an education worthy of our citizens,” he said.

The Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (Somafco) was established and commenced to provide quality education.

Later, Dakawa was established to provide especially vocational training and further contribute to the skills South Africans acquired and which would in future also assist to build the new democratic South Africa. –

SA and Tanzania must expand economic relations

South Africa and Tanzania must capitalise on the mutual trade opportunities that exist in order to grow their economic relations, says President Jacob Zuma.

“We have agreed with His Excellency [President John Magufuli] that we need to expand relations further between the two countries, especially economic cooperation, so that our people can reap the benefits of these historic relations,”  President Zuma said on Thursday.

Addressing a South Africa-Tanzania business forum in Dar Es Salaam, President Zuma said relations between the two countries date back to South Africa’s liberation struggle, when Tanzania stood with the South African people against apartheid.

Over 200 South African companies are investing in Tanzania across a wide spectrum of sectors.

“There are further opportunities as well within the infrastructure arena, including roads, as well as agro-processing, minerals beneficiation, information and communication technologies, tourism, energy, advanced manufacturing, oil and gas and the financial services sector,” said President Zuma.

The President urged the business sector to explore these areas further. He called on South African companies to invest in Tanzania.

“I think this is an important call that I encourage all of you to heed. South Africa is particularly going big on infrastructure development.”

South Africa’s domestic investments include the construction of ports, roads and railway systems as a path to stimulate economic growth and to link the country to its neighbours in Southern Africa and the rest of African continent.

“While we welcome the growing trends on our bilateral trade, we should also note that a concentration on commodities is not sustainable. The recent drop in commodity prices has shown that governments cannot rely on commodity rents as an engine of growth and development,” said the President.

President Zuma said Africa’s heavy reliance on commodities has the potential to be disruptive and destabilise the two countries’ economies.

“It also does not create sufficient quality jobs to lift large segments of the population out of poverty,” he said, adding that the time has come to intensify production and the trade of intermediate and final consumer products.

Speaking of the recent Inaugural South Africa-Tanzania Bi-National Commission (BNC), President Zuma said progress has already been made in several areas including environmental affairs, defence cooperation and trade, among others.

To make further progress, it is imperative that the two countries work together to eliminate market restrictive measures.

“As governments, the onus is upon us to assist our business sector by dealing with the tariff and non-tariff barriers that continue to hinder trade between our two countries.”

President Zuma, accompanied by six Ministers, arrived in the east African country on Wednesday night for a State visit. –