King Mohammed VI of Morocco arrived Tanzania on Sunday for a three-day state visit as he tours East and Central Africa.
Dar es Salaam was on standstill for the monarch who was treated to a tumultuous welcome of traditional dances, military parades, and a 21-gun salute.
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The King in recent years aims to increase its partnerships and strengthen political and economic ties with east African states.
King Mohammed VI and Tanzanian President John Magufuli presided over the signing of agreements to boost bilateral economic relations in key sectors.
Agreements in cooperation in agriculture and agribusiness, insurance and investment promotion, were reached but the notable ones are in the transportation industry.
A code-sharing agreement was reached between Tanzania’s national carrier; Air Tanzania Company Limited and the Royal Air Maroc to have direct flights between the two countries.
This agreement will have a direct boost to Tanzania’s economy which relies heavily on tourism. President Magufuli, speaking after the signing, expressed his joy on the eventual economic growth and development.
Tanzanian Foreign minister, Augustine Mahiga said his country will soon open a Consulate General in Morocco following King Mohammed VI’s appointment of an ambassador in Tanzania.
An agreement to financing Tanzania’s railway system – Mtwara to Mbamba Bay – was also reached. The railway line would link coal and iron ore projects in Mchuchuma and Liganga in Ludewa District, Njombe Region, to the Mtwara Port.
It will also open development opportunities in the Mtwara Development Corridor which has recently been boosted by the finding of natural gas in the region.
Major companies in the oil and gas industry have proposed a liquified natural gas plant in the region in years to come, making Tanzania a potential new global exporter of natural gas.