African Union (AU) issues yesterday featured prominently in the talks between President John Magufuli and former South African President Thabo Mbeki.
Mr Mbeki served as the inaugural chairman of the union in 2002 and was succeeded by former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano.
President Magufuli met his guest at the State House in Dar es Salaam, but a statement from the Presidential Communication Directorate could not go into details over which areas of the union the two leaders delved into.
The former South African President also congratulated Dr Magufuli for his victory in last year’s general elections, commending his concerted efforts shown in leading the country for just a year in power.
President Magufuli thanked the visitor for the constructive talks, and congratulated him for the honoris causa doctorate degree award by the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).
The degree is always conferred as an honorary degree to people who have distinguished themselves in areas other than science, government, literature or religion.
During the graduation ceremony at which the degree was bestowed upon him, Mr Mbeki challenged African higher learning institutions to provide solutions to the development challenges and opportunities before Africans across the continent.
He argued that African higher education research agenda tends to dwell on purely academic and scientific objectives to ensure publication in refereed journals with little regard to developmental needs.