SRI LANKA AND TANZANIA SET FOR TOURISM AND
Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa (L) & Tanzania President Kikwete (R) /
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TANZANIA (eTN) - Looking at fostering cooperation in tourism and
economic partnership, Sri Lanka and Tanzania have agreed to work
Concluding his official tour to Tanzania last Saturday, Sri Lankan
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had signed three agreements in Dar es
Salaam on bilateral cooperation between Tanzania and Sri Lanka in
areas of tourism, culture, and commerce.
Mr. Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka was thankful for the Tanzanian support
during the tough moments when this Asian country was in civil unrest
as it fought Tamil Tigers rebels.
"We thank you for your support, as Sri Lanka is now peaceful, and
its people are enjoying dividends of that peace," Mr. Rajapaksa
Soon after the signing ceremony, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete
said that Tanzania is set to benefit a lot from Sri Lanka which has
already announced an offer of scholarships for Tanzanian students to
study various disciplines.
Sri Lanka is currently going through quick economic recovery
following three decades of civil wars. Tanzania was eagerly waiting
for more trade investments particularly in the areas of tourism and
Experts from these sectors in the two countries will exchange their
expertise through the visits to be arranged later as President
Kikwete is also set to pay a visit to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is a tourist paradise island offering visitors
incomparable beach holidays. With the aquamarine waters of the
Indian Ocean gently lapping its pristine shores, Sri Lanka’s beaches
are covered with soft warm sand. With over 1,300 kilometers of beach
on offer, Sri Lanka is boastful of hours of fun in the sun.
These parks, and the rest of the country, harbor an astonishing
range of fauna and flora, many of them endemic to Sri Lanka. This
includes over 4,000 species of flowering plants, 245 species of
butterfly, 85 species of freshwater fish, 207 species of reptiles,
108 species of amphibians, 492 species of birds, 95 terrestrial
species of mammals, and several thousand invertebrates.