Abuja – The governments of Tanzania and Nigeria are working toward improving air transportation to boost trade.
The Tanzanian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Daniel Njoolay, stated this in Abuja on the sideline of an event to mark 50 years of his country’s union.
The envoy noted that present efforts toward improving air transportation would further facilitate the bilateral air services between both countries.
“Currently we don’t have an airline which is operating directly from Tanzania to Nigeria but efforts are underway to rehabilitate Air Tanzania, which is our national carrier.
“And once that is done, we will be able to fly directly to Nigeria.
“That will, to a large extent, improve trade because as at last year we had a trade surplus with Nigeria and with air link these imbalances will be eliminated.
“I really cannot promise how soon but we will not only depend on the Tanzanian airline flying direct to Nigeria but there are other airlines as well which are flying via a third country.
“But people can as well use the third route but it is more expensive. As time goes by, we believe, we would improve this.’’
The high commissioner also said that the joint commission between both countries should be renewed to improve trade.
He recalled that the Nigerian government had proposed renewed trade agreements with Tanzania.
“We have a joint commission which we signed in 1987 but it needs renewal.
"The Nigerian side has already proposed amendments for renewed trade agreements; the ministries concerned with that in Tanzania will soon react so that a new pact can be signed between the two countries,” he said.
The Tanzania Trade Development Authority recently said that the trade imbalance between both countries in 2013 was approximately $2.52 million in favour of Tanzania.
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