Following a meeting between Prime Minister David Cameron and President Kikwete of Tanzania , a Number 10 Spokesperson gave the following statement:
The Prime Minister (PM) met with President Kikwete of Tanzania in Downing Street. This was the first time the 2 leaders had met since the International Wildlife Summit in February, and both welcomed Tanzania’s commitment to tackling the trade and to the Elephant Protection Initiative.
They also noted further strengthening of the UK-Tanzania energy relationship, which will bring jobs and growth to both countries. BG Group, Ophir Energy and the Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation signed an MOU on the potential development of a multi-billion pound onshore liquefied natural gas plant.
UK company Aldwych International also progressed the development of a £175 million wind farm in Tanzania during the President’s visit which would make a significant contribution to Tanzania’s renewable energy goals.
Both leaders noted the faced the threat posed by Islamic extremism, at home and abroad, and pledged to work together to do more to prevent radicalisation. They also looked ahead to the forthcoming elections in Tanzania and the importance of democratic transition. The President updated the PM on his efforts to tackle corruption.
The Prime Minister encouraged Tanzania to sign up to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, which will help boost investor confidence in Tanzania. Both agreed that combating corruption and promoting transparency, accountability and the rule of law were essential for development, and President Kikwete agreed with the PM’s view that these issues should be at the heart of what replaced the Millennium Development Goals.