India-Tanzania Current Affairs - 2019
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India and Tanzania have signed five agreements to accelerate bilateral ties between both nations.
These agreements were signed in Dar-es-Salaam in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli.
PM Narendra Modi visited Tanzania on the third leg of his four-nation tour of Africa viz. Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.
Signed Agreements are
- MoU for Establishment of Vocational Training Centre at Zanzibar
- MoU on Visa waiver agreement for Diplomatic/Official passport holders
- MoU on Cooperation in the field of water resource management and development
- Line of Credit (LoC) of US 92 million dollars for rehabilitation and improvement of water supply system in Zanzibar
- Agreement on Joint Action Plan (JAP) between National Small Industries Corporation of India (NSIC) and Small Industries Development Organization Tanzania (SIDO).
Besides, PM Narendra Modi and Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli held wide-ranging talks. They agreed to
- Cooperate in a number of areas, including food security and natural gas sector.
- Deepen overall defence and security partnership, especially in the maritime domain.
- Deepen bilateral trade and investment partnership by encouraging greater industry to industry ties.
- Work closely, bilaterally, regionally and globally to combat the twin threats of terrorism and climate change.
Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Tanzania in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy
The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tanzania in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy.
The MoU will facilitate structured frame work for the cooperation between both countries for the promotion of Indian Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy in Tanzania.
The Union Ministry of AYUSH will provide the financial resources necessary to conduct research, training courses and meetings through its existing plan schemes and budget.
- The MoU was signed as part of Union Ministry of AYUSH’s mandate to propagate Indian systems of Medicine globally.
- So far India has signed MoUs with several other countries including China, Hungary, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Nepal, etc.
- India is blessed with well-developed systems of traditional medicine and homeopathy including medicinal plants, which hold tremendous potential in the global health scenario.
- Traditional Medicine is an important element of life of Tanzanian people and is mainly used as first aid or stop-gap measure before the patient is referred to modern health facilities.
- Tanzania is an important East African country and has historical ties with India. It has substantial population of around 70 thousand Indian diaspora.
- Traditionally, Tanzania and India have enjoyed close, friendly and co-operative bilateral relations.
- In recent years, their bilateral relations have been marked by close contacts at the highest political level including cooperation in the field of medicine and health.