The Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Job Ndugai yesterday held talks with the Swedish Parliamentary Delegation, which centred on bolstering cooperation between the two countries. Addressing members of the press in Dar es Salaam, Mr Ndugai said the MP’s were visiting the country as an initiative to strengthen the already existing friendly relationship between the two countries, which was long established by the former Prime Minister of Sweden, Olof Palme.
“Part of their mission is to continue building good relations with our country and the parliament in particular, whereby the MP’s will have the opportunity to meet and learn from each other. We hope that in future our two parliaments can sign a memorandum of understanding so that we can be able to learn from each other,” said Mr Ndugai.
Sweden has been assisting the country in areas such as higher education, gas, science and technology. “We are looking forward to foster cooperation in other areas which includes export of agricultural products such as tea, coffee and similar to these,” pointed out the Speaker.
Meanwhile, the Ambassador of Tanzania to Sweden, Ms Katarina Ragritt said the objective of the visit was to develop cooperation and discover the achievements of Tanzania. “The economy of Tanzania has grown over the years and heading towards a new context, therefore this meeting could be a platform to engage in new areas,” said Ms Ragritt.
The Head of Delegation, Mr Kenneth Forslund pointed out that the Swedish Parliament comprises of 349 MP’s from 8 political parties with all bearing representation.