Tanzania Relations – Historic Recognition for President Hassan’s Contributions to India
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who is currently on a four-day state visit to India, is set to make history by receiving an honorary doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) today. This significant recognition comes as a tribute to President Hassan’s pivotal role in strengthening India-Tanzania relations, promoting economic diplomacy, and advancing regional integration and multilateralism.
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Had an excellent meeting with President @SuluhuSamia. We reviewed the full range of India-Tanzania relations and have elevated our time-tested relation to a Strategic Partnership. The areas of our discussion included trade, commerce and people-to-people linkages. pic.twitter.com/ovGfUyDTa3— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 9, 2023
A Proud Product of Indian Education
President Samia Suluhu Hassan proudly acknowledges herself as a “product of Indian education,” attributing her achievements to her training under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) program at the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD) in Hyderabad. ITEC is a capacity-building program initiated by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), which offers training opportunities to officials and civilians, particularly in the defense sector.
A Landmark Achievement
President Hassan’s conferment of the honorary doctorate from JNU marks a historic moment as she becomes the first woman to receive this prestigious award from the university. The event is expected to be attended by Union Minister for Education and Skill Development, Dharmendra Pradhan, and Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar, among other dignitaries.
Jawaharlal Nehru University expressed its pride in conferring this honor on President Hassan, recognizing her remarkable contributions to India and Tanzania’s relationship. The university, through a statement, highlighted the significance of this recognition, emphasizing her role as the first woman to receive such an award.
Strengthening Bilateral Ties
The visit of Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan to India has further deepened the strong and longstanding ties between the two nations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held extensive discussions with President Hassan, focusing on enhancing overall bilateral relations.
Ahead of these talks, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi noted that President Hassan’s visit provides a unique opportunity to elevate the existing ties between India and Tanzania to new heights.
Ceremonial Welcome and Economic Engagement
During her visit, President Hassan received a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan and also participated in a business and investment forum in Delhi on October 10. These events highlight the importance of her visit in fostering not only political but also economic cooperation between the two nations.
Optimism for Future Cooperation
President Samia Suluhu Hassan expressed optimism about the future of India-Tanzania relations. She praised the enduring friendship between the two countries, emphasizing that her visit would pave the way for further political and economic development.
“I would like to express Tanzania’s appreciation for the excellent existing relationship between our two countries, which has been there for decades. My expectation from this visit is going to open new avenues for political and economic development and economic cooperation that will lead to strategic partnerships between our two countries,” President Hassan stated.
She also stressed the importance of maintaining the strong bilateral ties established by their forefathers, ensuring that they continue for decades to come.
Support for African Union’s Inclusion in G20
During her visit, President Hassan received accolades for her support of Prime Minister Modi’s initiative to include the African Union as a permanent member in the G20. This initiative was appreciated by India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, during their meeting on October 8.
Historic and Friendly Relations
President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s visit to India holds special significance as it is the first presidential visit from Tanzania in over eight years. The Ministry of External Affairs described it as an opportunity to further invigorate and strengthen the “historic and friendly relations” between India and Tanzania.
Defense Partnership Upgrade
Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, January Yusuf Makamba, announced that during President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s visit to India, the two countries will elevate their defense relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership. This development underscores the commitment of both nations to enhance their cooperation in various fields, including defense.
Departure and Next Steps
President Samia Suluhu Hassan is scheduled to depart from India on October 11, concluding her historic visit. Before her departure, she is expected to hold talks with President Droupadi Murmu and attend a state banquet hosted in her honor.
In summary, President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s visit to India has not only strengthened bilateral relations but also celebrated her outstanding contributions to diplomacy and regional cooperation. The honorary doctorate from JNU stands as a testament to her remarkable achievements and the promising future of India-Tanzania relations.