By Ray Chickrie
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Dodoma and Georgetown, two historical allies, are now seeking to reactivate ties on the heels of Guyana becoming a major oil and gas exporter. The Father of the Tanzanian nation, Julius Kambarage Nyerere visited Guyana several times.
On November 17, 2021, Tanzanian Non-Resident High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi, visited Georgetown where he met the foreign affairs minister of Guyana, Hugh Hilton Todd. The High Commissioner was accompanied by Frank Mhina, minister counsellor in the Tanzanian Embassy in Brasilia.
“During their meeting, minister Todd spoke of the several commonalities between Guyana and Tanzania, including the two countries’ shared colonial history, developmental challenges, and resource dependency. In this regard, the minister recognised the need for more cooperation between the two countries and informed that Guyana is committed to enhancing relations with all its partners in Africa.”
“It was agreed that the two sides would continue to work towards the conclusion of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in mutually beneficial areas of cooperation and for reciprocal visits of the foreign ministers of Guyana and Tanzania.”
The two officials further committed to the enhancement of bilateral relations between Guyana and Tanzania for the betterment of their citizens.
“The Tanzanian diplomat agreed on the importance of re-energizing the relations between Guyana and Tanzania. The two countries agreed to continue promoting cooperation and the sharing of experiences in the areas of air services, tourism, oil and gas and culture, among others.”
The foreign minister updated the High Commissioner on the legal proceedings before the International Court of Justice with respect to the Guyana / Venezuela border issue.