President Samia,Abdel-Fattah El- Sisi hold talks in Sharm El Sheikh

BY DIRAMAKINI

PRESIDENT of United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan met President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt today in Sharm El Sheikh on the sidelines of COP27.

The leaders agreed to strategically deepen the close ties between Tanzania and Egypt, including in trade and investment.

They also discussed ongoing construction of the Julius Nyerere Hydropower Plant (JNHPP) being built by Egyptian contractors and expressed satisfaction with the progress of the project, which is 77% complete.

President Samia informed her Egyptian counterpart that Tanzania was making preparations to fill the reservoir of the giant dam with water. On his part, President El-Sisi promised to send a strong delegation to Tanzania to witness the milestone.

The two heads of state reaffirmed the importance of ensuring that the quality of construction work on the 2,115-megawatt project would not be compromised, even for the sake of meeting project completion deadlines.

They instructed teams of experts from both countries to work closer together to address challenges as they arise in the construction of the mega hydropower plant.

During the talks, President Samia was accompanied by the Minister for Energy, January Makamba, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Dr Stergomena Tax, and Tanzania's High Commissioner to Egypt, Ambassador Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi.

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