Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi is expected for a two-day official visit to Dar es Salaam on Thursday, June 10, confirmed Tanzanian government spokesman Gerson Msigwa.
Tanzania’s Foreign Minister Liberata Mulamula said the two heads of state will be bilateral Hold talks to strengthen relations as member states of the South African Development Community (Sadc).
“The Presidents of Botswana and Tanzania are expected to discuss cooperation between the two countries on diplomatic relations, the use of the Kiswahili language in Botswana, trade and economy as well as the further strengthening of Sadc, “said Mulamula on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam in front of the press.
Kiswahili is the national language in Tanzania and an official language of the East African community, Tanzania, Includes Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
The Sadc states, whose main languages are English, French and Portuguese have been introduced to Kiswahili education in schools and includes South Africa and Namibia.
Mr Masisi will be the second head of state to visit Tanzania since President Samia became president on March 19, 2021.
The first was Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, who witnessed the signing of contracts between the government of Tanzania and investors in the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) during a one-day visit on May 20th. The pipeline will transport crude oil from western Uganda oil fields in Hoima to the Chongoleani peninsula in the port of Tanga, Tanzania.