India offers Tanzania expertise in natural gas sector

India today offered its expertise to Tanzania in development of its potentially rich natural gas sector. The two countries inked eight MoUs in various fields including Agriculture, Tourism and Hydrography to expand engagement in different sectors. The agreements were signed after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Tanzania Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete in New Delhi. 

The MoUs signed include a loan agreement between Exim Bank and Tanzanian government on a line of credit for 268.35 million dollars for extension of Lake Victoria pipeline project. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ways to enhance cooperation in the maritime sector and ocean economy figured in the talks, noting that both the countries have a common interest in maritime security in the Indian Ocean region. Noting that Terrorism is a matter of concern for both countries, Mr Narendra Modi announced establishing of a Joint Working Group to strengthen cooperation in counter terrorism. 

Terming Tanzania as an important component in the India-Africa partnership, the Prime Minister said he has conveyed to Kikwete that India will soon extend e-tourist visa scheme to Tanzanian tourists. Thanking India for its continued assistance to his country, the Tanzania President said both the nations have decided to take the relationship to the next level. Mr Kikwete said, India deserves to be a permanent member of expanded UN Security Council and his country will continue to work with other African countries to back New Delhi's candidature. 

Today's agreements are bound a fillip to bilateral cooperation. Bilateral trade is heavily in India's favour and New Delhi is looking for opening up for more sectors for investments and exports in TanzaniaMr Kikwete is on a five day visit to India.