The seeds of Tanzania and Rwanda relations continue to bear fruit today - Kagame

On 28 April 2023 at 06:37

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has highlighted the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between Rwanda and Tanzania during his two-day state visit to Tanzania.

The two countries have a shared aspiration to improve the lives of their citizens, and President Kagame emphasized the need to create an enabling environment for Africa’s entrepreneurial youth.

As he said, the relationship between Tanzania and Rwanda continues to flourish.

“The seeds of Tanzania and Rwanda relations were planted decades ago, and they continue to bear fruit today,” he noted.

In August 2021, President Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania visited Rwanda to strengthen ties between the two neighboring countries. During her visit, agreements were signed in various sectors aimed at promoting social and economic growth for both nations.

Trade and investment are among the key sectors of cooperation between the two countries. Tanzania’s exports to Rwanda increased to $277.8 million in 2021, up from $60.1 million, while Rwanda’s exports to Tanzania increased to $2.2 million, up from $1.3 million in the same period. Rwanda primarily uses the port of Dar es Salaam for much of its inbound and outbound cargo through the Central Corridor.

Several popular Tanzanian businesses operate in Rwanda, including Azam Group, Bakhresa, and Matelas Dodoma, while Rwandan companies like Sulfo Rwanda and Pharmalab have set foot in Tanzania. Additionally, some of Rwanda’s submarine sea cables for IT infrastructure go through the port of Dar es Salaam.

Both countries have also committed to cooperate closely on border control and crime prevention, information and intelligence sharing on terrorism, and other transnational crimes. In 2018, they agreed on joint construction of a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Isaka in northwestern Tanzania to Kigali, which will facilitate movement of goods between the two countries.

President Kagame’s visit to Tanzania further strengthens the existing ties of friendship and cooperation between Rwanda and Tanzania.

As the two nations continue to collaborate on various fronts, they are well positioned to achieve their shared aspirations of improving the lives of their citizens and promoting economic growth.

President Kagame arrived in Tanzania on Thursday 28th April 2023 for two-day state visit.