Tanzania to buy Sri Lankan fishing boats
Sri Lanka and Tanzania opened a new chapter in business and
investment promotion between the two countries with the launch of the
Sri Lanka-Tanzania Investment Chamber in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last
The business chamber was launched by the Chief Guest Minister of
Tourism Development, Christian Religious Affairs and Lands, John
Minister Amaratunga said that the business and investment chamber was
being launched at the right time.
Minister John Amaratunga addressing the inaugural Sri Lanka
Tanzania Business Development Meeting in Dar es Salaam,
The inaugural meeting of the Sri Lanka Tanzania Business Chamber was
attended by key government officials including Tanzanian Ministers of
Tourism, Investment Promotion, Agriculture and Education. A Sri Lankan
businessman in Tanzania, Lal Silva was appointed as the Chairman of the
Chamber. As the first business venture of the Sri Lanka-Tanzania
Investment Chamber, fiberglass fishing boats manufactured in Sri Lanka
by Danusha Marine will be made available to the Tanzanian fishing
community which still predominantly uses boats made out of wood.
He said he was happy that the Sri Lanka-Tanzania Business Chamber was
working closely with the Tanzania Investment Chamber which comes under
the Ministry of Trade and Investments in Tanzania. "I invite members of
the Tanzanian business community to look at ways and means of connecting
with our tourism industry.
Tanzania also attracted the highest FDI in the East African region
amounting to over 2.1 billion dollars in 2015.
Following the inauguration of the chamber, Minister Amaratunga held
discussions with Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania,
Prof. Jumanne Maghembe and other top officials.
The Tanzanian Minister said as a follow up to the meeting a forum
will be organized focusing on the areas of tourism, fisheries,
agriculture, minerals and mines, and health with the active
participation of the new chamber. Minister Amaratunga along with
Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania, Prof. Jumanne
Maghembe presided at a ceremony to hand over the first Sri Lankan made
boat to the Tanzanian fishing community at the Msasani fishing village.
Tanzanian Minister Jumanne Maghembe said his government will place an
order for 500 of the boats as an initial step.
The following day, Minister Amaratunga presided at a ceremony to
officially declare open a new residential building for Buddhist monks in
the city of Dar es Salaam.
The modern building was built by a Sri Lankan businessman in
Tanzania, Thangavelu Nallavan.