Japan-Tanzania Relations

Japan-Tanzania Summit Meeting

March 15, 2015

On March 15, commencing at 9:15 a.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting with Hon. Mr. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda, Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, who is currently staying in Sendai in order to attend the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. An overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. Prime Minister Abe expressed his desire to cooperate for the success of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, and to have Prime Minister Pinda see the recovery of the area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. In response, Prime Minister Pinda expressed his expectations for the outcomes of the Conference and his condolences for all of the people lost in the Great East Japan Earthquake. He also expressed his admiration of the reconstruction and disaster-prevention efforts in Japan, stating that there was much to learn from Japan’s response to the disaster.

2. Prime Minister Pinda expressed gratitude for Japan’s assistance to Tanzania to date, and in particular praised Japan’s support in the fields of agriculture, health, and education. Furthermore, he expressed hope for the promotion of business of Japanese companies in Tanzania in the future. In response, Prime Minister Abe explained Japan’s initiatives for strengthening trade and investment with Tanzania and developing human resources. He stated that he would like to cooperate toward the next TICAD to be held in Africa in 2016. The two leaders also exchanged their views on cooperation for UN Security Council reform and other issues.