India-Tanzania Task force for Defence Cooperation

Recently, Defense Minister Shri Rajnath Singh held bilateral talks with Dr. Sturgomena Lawrence Tax, Minister of Defense and National Services of Tanzania in New Delhi.

Key Points

  • During the meeting, the two ministers agreed to set up a task force to prepare a five-year roadmap to enhance defense cooperation between the two countries and to hold the next joint defense cooperation meeting in Tanzania at the earliest.
  • The Defense Minister also invited his Tanzanian counterpart to the India-Africa Defense Dialogue and DefExpo, scheduled to be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from October 18-22, 2022.

India-Tanzania Relations

India and Tanzania have maintained warm and cordial relations. Since 1960s and 1980s the countries have had common interests and have raised voices together against colonialism. The countries also shared commitments to non – alignment and South – South cooperation. During the post cold war era, India and Tanzania together initiated economic reform programs.

The high commission of India was established in 1961 in Dar es Sallam. However, the consulate was built late in 1974 in Zanzibar. Tanzanian embassy in New Delhi is also accredited to Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

Several agreements were signed between India and Tanzania during PM Modi’s visit to the country in 2016. It includes MoU on water resource management and development, joint action plan on small industries, visa waiver agreements, vocational training centers and a line of credit of 92 million USD for the improvement of water supply in Zanzibar.

It has substantial population of around 70 thousand Indian diaspora.

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