The commitment to form the commission was aired at a meeting between President John Magufuli and the Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov.
A statement released yesterday by the Directorate of Presidential Communications said President Magufuli reiterated Tanzania’s commitment to maintaining cordial relations between the two countries.
Going forward, the relations will focus on enhancing trade, investment, tourism and social services such as education, health as well as infrastructure development, the president had remarked.
“Please take my message to President Putin: It is that Tanzanians love Russia and welcome him to visit our country together with other Russians. We also welcome Russian investors to come and invest in numerous opportunities available in Tanzania for mutual benefit of both of us,” the
president was quoted as affirming.
The aim of the commission is to ensure that citizens of both countries benefit from bilateral relations by harnessing the endowments of each country.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi who attended the meeting said that through the commission Russia will contribute tremendously in Tanzania’s economic growth especially through investment and cooperation in minerals, natural gas and tourism sectors, it said.
For his part, Bogdanov who last visited Tanzania eight years ago, said Russia was committed to strengthening cordial and friendly relations with Tanzania. The commission is part of the country’s renewed engagement with African countries, he stated.
The meeting was also attended by the Tanzanian Ambassador to Russia, Maj Gen (rtd) Simon Mumwi and the Russian Ambassador to Tanzania, Yuri Popov.
Russia is world’s largest country, bordering European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans.