CAIRO, A meeting here of high-level officials at the 3rd Egyptian-Tanzanian Joint Commission for Co-operation has agreed to set up a review mechanism to monitor and evaluate periodically the existing co-operation between their countries.

In a communique issued at the end of the meeting Wednesday, the officials also agreed to explore new areas of co-opertion to tap related mutual benefits. During the discussions, the two sides exchanged views on ways of enhancing co-operation in various fields, including trade, investment, maritime transport, agriculture, livestock, energy, water resources management, tourism, health, education and culture.

The 3rd Joint Commission for Cooperation was held from Monday to Wednesday with the Tanzanian delegation led by Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation Dr Augustine Mahiga, while the Egyptian team was led by the country's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry.

In the meeting, both sides underlined the importance of the visit by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi to Tanzania in August last year, when he had fruitful discussions with President John Magufuli of Tanzania.

The two sides also discussed possible joint investments in agriculture, meat production and pharmaceutical industry and on how to encourage further co-operation between their respective business communities and private sectors through promotion of trade missions.

The meeting witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation in the fields of agriculture, tourism and diplomatic training. The two countries further agreed to effectively implement all agreements which have been concluded by the two countries, and finalise the pending draft agreements for co-operation in different fields at the earliest convenient time.

Another issue which was agreed upon at the meeting included the importance of drawing lessons from international best practices on management of trans-boundary water resources in the administration of the Nile Basin water resources to ensure it benefits all the riparian states.

Both sides expressed the importance of the co-operation among all Nile riparian states in utilizing the river's water resources to fulfill development objectives of their people, on the basis of a win-win situation. The next meeting of the joint commission will be held in Tanzania in 2020.

The two sides also exchanged views on current regional and security issues, including the situation in Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR) and agreed that all burning issues should be resolved amicably through peaceful consultations under the concept of African Solutions to African problems".