DAR-ES-SALAAM, Senior Tanzanian and Egyptian officials and experts from various sectors from the two countries have held a technical meeting of the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) here this week to work out a framework of co-operation in efforts to further strengthen co-operation between the two countries.

The session which ended Tuesday also prepared the groundwork for the 3rd Ministerial meeting of the JPC which will culminate with the signing of a number of co-operation agreements in a number of social and economic sectors.

Speaking at the opening of the technical meeting, the Permanent Secretary in Tanzania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation, Professor Adolph Mkenda, noted the excellent brotherly relations between the two countries for more than five decades and underscored the need to expand the horizon by focusing more on the economic field.

It is high time now that we strengthen our economic co-operation. Egypt has huge economic potentials and so does Tanzania, let us expand our framework of co-operation, said Prof Mkenda, who noted that the two countries' political relations had always been excellent.

Prof Mkenda said it was gratifying that although the JPC had not met for the past 20 years, the two countries continued co-operating in various fonts. And the good thing is that the relations have been growing from strength to strength, he remarked.

Egypt's Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs, Ambassador Mohamed Edrees, commended development initiatives undertaken by Tanzania and reiterated Egypt's commitment to help Tanzania achieve the desired goals.

Meanwhile, a Tanzanian delegation led by Foreign Minister Augustine Mahiga arrived in Cairo Tuesday for a three-day visit during which he is scheduled to meet a number of Egyptian officials for talks on ways of boosting bilateral relations as well as the latest egional and international development.