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East Africa: Tanzania, EAC to Reap From Pakistan Market

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Feb 11, 2021
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TANZANIA and other East African Community (EAC) partner states are set to exploit the Pakistan market, with former already exporting raw cotton to the Asian country. Pakistan High Commissioner to Tanzania and the EAC, Ambassador Muhammad Saleem disclosed in Arusha that last year, Pakistan imported raw cotton worth US$50 million from Tanzania.
Speaking after presenting his letter of credence to the EAC Secretary General (SG), Ambassador Liberat Mfumukeko, the Pakistani envoy noted that other potential export crops from Tanzania and the bloc include palm oil, coconuts and cashew nuts. "Economic diplomacy for Pakistan is not about our country dumping goods in East Africa. We are seeking a win-win situation for Pakistan and East Africa," said Ambassador Saleem. He added that education and vocational training were also areas where East Africa would benefit immensely from cooperation with Pakistan. Relations between Pakistan and Tanzania were established in the 1960's, when Pakistan expressed its support for Tanzania in getting independence from British rule. Among Pakistan's main exports to Tanzania are cement, textiles, rice and sugar, as well as some relatively high technology goods such as machinery and tractors. On the other hand, Pakistan imports mainly tea, raw cotton and hides for leather from Tanzania, along with ...
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