SINGAPORE - Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli is currently visiting Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
SMS' visit is part of Singapore's efforts to engage the two largest economies within the East African Community, where our economic interests have been growing, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday. He had visited Kenya from June 3-4, 2014, prior to arriving in Tanzania.
In Tanzania , SMS Masagos called on Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and met several political leaders, including the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr Mahadhi J. Maalim, Minister for Transport Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, Minister for Water Professor Jumanne Maghembe, and other senior officials.
SMS Masagos reaffirmed the warm relations between Tanzania and Singapore and welcomed the expanding economic ties between both countries, in particular the US$1.28 billion (S$1.6 billion) investment by Temasek subsidiary, Pavilion Energy, in Tanzania's gas sector.
SMS Masagos also offered to share Singapore's experience with the Tanzanian government in areas such as vocational training, water management, urban planning, port management, education and aviation.
In Kenya, SMS Masagos met the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Amina Mohamed and Cabinet Secretary for Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Adan Mohamed. Both sides exchanged views on ways to strengthen relations and increase cooperation between Singapore and Kenya, particularly in areas such as air connectivity, tourism, businesses as well as people-to-people linkages.
In both countries, SMS Masagos delivered the keynote address at two separate business seminars organised by the Singapore Business Federation, where he encouraged Singapore companies to look beyond Asia and consider Africa as an alternate investment destination.
SMS Masagos is accompanied by representatives from International Enterprise Singapore, PSA International, Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, Pavilion Energy as well as a 17-member business delegation led by the Singapore Business Federation.
SMS Masagos' trip will be until June 9, 2014.