India and Tanzania Elevating Bilateral Ties to a Strategic Partnership

Tanzania and India, as stated by Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Angellah Kairuki, have developed an intimate relationship with mutual economic benefits and a solid cooperation centred on capacity building. Speaking at the National Museum of Tanzania's official launch of the joint Tanzania-India event, Ms. Kairuki stated that Tanzania gains from the collaboration by way of markets for agricultural produce and training opportunities for its citizens. The 75th anniversary of India's Republic Day was celebrated with the exhibition. Tanzania and India have a long history stretching back several centuries, marked by significant trade and cross-cultural interactions. The emergence of Swahili towns along the coast of East Africa was greatly aided by this historical link. She mentioned that the Indian community has made significant contributions to the building of hospitals, schools, health centres, and financial institutions through active participation in a variety of charitable endeavours.

Sewa Haji, an Indian merchant, built both the modern hospital in Bagamoyo and the first multiracial school in East Africa, Mwambao Primary School. Subsequently, in 1889, the German colonial government received these noteworthy establishments as a kind contribution. Hindu Mandal Hospital, Kisutu Secondary School, Agha Khan and Buruan Hospitals in Dar es Salaam, and the Almutanzil School, among others, The High Commission of India's charge d'affaires, Mr. Manoj Verma said that the Republic of India's 75th anniversary festivities are a historic occasion. In his remarks to President Droupadi Murmu, Mr. Verma stated that both countries economies had been growing rapidly presently. There have been equally noteworthy developments in the bilateral relationship between Tanzania and India. Tanzania is expected to become India's third-largest trading partner in Africa in 2023–2024, he said, adding that bilateral trade is growing at an exponential rate. Ms. Kairuki continued, "The state visit of President Samia Suluhu Hassan to India in October 2023 and high-level exchanges between the two countries recently received a boost to the Tanzania-India diplomatic relationship.

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