EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT VISITS TANZANIA TO ENHANCE BILATERAL TIES

DAR-ES-SALAAM, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived here Monday for a two-day State visit which is set to enhance bilateral ties.

The two countries are already working together in various areas, including the health sector, which is expected to be enhanced, such as co-operation between Muhimbili hospital and Mnazi Mmoja hospital with El Shatby Hospital under Egypt's Alexandria University.

While in the country President Sisi will hold talks with his host, President John Magufuli, on bilateral co-operation, economic and regional issues.

Statistics from the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) show that Tanzania and Egypt have signed a total of eight projects worth 887.02 million US dollars, providing employment to 953 locals in a period of 27 years from 1990 to 2017 in the agricultural and industrial sectors.

Another issue featuring in the talks between the two heads of State is the issue of water security in the Nile Basin as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Ethiopia's flagship energy project, nears completion. Both Egypt and Tanzania rre members of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI).

The GERD, an Ethiopian project being primarily self-financed through purchase of government bonds by banks and private citizens, is set to be the largest hydro-electric power project in Africa and whose water source is the River Nile which passes through 11 African countries, including Tanzania.

According to reports, Cairo is concerned that the GERD project will impact its own downstream hydro-electric power stations, primarily the High Aswan Dam (HAD), as well as its irrigation systems.

Egypt is currently a member of the UN Security Council, representing Africa, and has recently been pushing for stronger trade with other countries on the continent. The Tanzania visit is part of a tour of four African countries, which also covers Rwanda, Gabon and Chad.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK