Cowen Hosts Tanzanian Foreign Minister
The Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jakaya M. Kikwete, will pay an official visit to Ireland from 2 to 5 May 2000. The Minister will have bilateral talks with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Brian Cowen T.D., at Iveagh House at 5:00 pm on Wednesday 3 May 2000. During the visit Mr. Kikwete will pay a courtesy call on the President, Mary McAleese, and meet members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs. He will also meet representatives of the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Forfás, the National Treasury Management Agency and travel to the UN Training School for Peacekeepers in the Curragh.
Tanzania is one of the six priority countries for Ireland Aid, the Government's official aid programme. Ireland Aid has budgeted IR£42.4 million for programmes in Tanzania in the period 2000 to 2002.
Minister Cowen is expected to avail of his meeting with the Foreign Minister to commend Tanzania's role in helping to resolve regional crises in central Africa and to exchange views on the World Bank's new enhanced HIPC debt initiative. Tanzania owes over $7 billion to international creditors and has been classified as a Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) by the World Bank. Ireland supports early and generous debt relief for HIPCs and has already given IR4 million for debt relief in Tanzania.