Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete invites Angola to drill for oil

22 August 2006

Luanda, Angola, 22 Aug – The president of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, Monday invited Angola to take part in oil prospecting projects underway in his country, ensuring that Luanda would benefit if oil is found.

Kikwete, who arrived in Luanda at the beginning of the afternoon for an official visit lasting some 24 hours, said that Angola “is a giant in the oil industry,” while hios country, “is still prospecting.”

According to the Tanzanian president, the potential Angolan cooperation in this area, “would not be aid” as “if oil is found” a sharing and production agreement would be signed by the two countries.

In his speech, Kikwete said that his visit to Luanda was to analyze the possibilities of “increasing economic cooperation” on a bilateral level, but will also make it possible for Tanzania to learn from Angola’s experience in this area.

After the ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the Tanzanian president went to the National Assembly where he gave a speech to a plenary session of parliament especially called up to receive him.

Kikwete’s visit concluded with a meeting with Angolan prime minister, Fernando Dias dos Santos ‘Nando’ and an official dinner given by President José Eduardo dos Santos. (macauhub)