Dar es Salaam, May 21st 2018
Prof. Ratlan Pardede, Indonesian Ambassador to Tanzania visited Simiyu Region to continue enhancing Indonesia’s economic cooperation with Tanzania (14-16 May 2018).
In particular, during the visit, Ambassador Pardede conveyed the cooperation potential in the cotton industry and introduced the capacity of Indonesian companies to play a role in infrastructure development in Simiyu Region.
“Indonesia is eager to enhance economic relations with Tanzania. In Simiyu Region, the relationship will be centered in cotton, infrastructure, fertilizer, hotel and agricultural sectors,” said Ambassador Pardede.
In response, Anthony Mtaka, Simiyu Regional Commissioner, expressed his appreciation to the Ambassador Pardede intention.
“Simiyu will be inspired for the presence of serious investors and companies from Indonesia, local government leadership will be ready to provide land for free for the construction of factories and for other uses,” said Governor Mtaka.
In a series of visits in Simiyu, Ambassador Pardede also had the opportunity to conduct field visits to Alliance Ginnery, the largest cotton processing plant, as well as light footwear and chalk manufacturers in Simiyu.
In his visit to the Alliance Ginnery, the Ambassador received information on the cost of the use of fertilizers in cotton production.
Upon hearing this information, Ambassador Pardede delightly inform the Simiyu officials regarding the Indonesian organic fertilizer products which are environmentally friendly and are at affordable prices, which was welcomed by the Governor Mtaka by stating that the people of Simiyu looking forward to the presence of Indonesian fertilizer products.
A series of visits by Ambassador Pardede ended with a visit to the Serengeti National Park to explore the potential for tourism cooperation between Indonesia and Tanzania.
He added that both Indonesia and Tanzania share the similarity in having national biodiversity parks which are amongst the largest in the world.
There is a great opportunity for Indonesian investors to set up hotels for tourists who will go on a safari to Serengeti National Park through the southern gate located in Simiyu Region.
From the visit to Simiyu Region, it was discovered that there is a vast business opportunity for Indonesian companies to establish textile factories as well as infrastructure and hotel development.
Another potential opportunity is the procurement of Indonesian fertilizer products as well as opening of fertilizer plants in Tanzania.
Simiyu is a newly established region in Tanzania that has direct access to Lake Victoria and Serengeti National Park. The region is also the largest cotton producer in Tanzania.
Cotton is one of Tanzania’s main export commodity to Indonesia. Based on the data from the International Trade Center (ITC) and UN Comtrade, in 2017, Indonesia imported 6447 tons of cotton from Tanzania with a value of 8.5 million US dollars. Meanwhile, half of Tanzania’s cotton production is produced in Simiyu region.
This year, Simiyu region will be the main host of the Nane-Nane Farmers’ Festival. Understanding Indonesia’s position in agriculture, Governor Mtaka invited Indonesian companies to attend the festival.
The Nane-Nane Festival is the largest agricultural festival that is regularly held in Tanzania.
Ambassador Pardede and the Governor Mtaka agreed that there are still a lot to be done for the enhancement of Indonesia and Tanzania economic cooperation.
For that reason, they both agreed to make further follow up in improving the relationship.
(Source: Indonesian Embassy in Dar es Salaam)