Speechs in the year
Tempat/Venue 	: 	DAR-ES-SALAAM 
Tarikh/Date 	: 	23/10/91 

 Your Excellency President Ali Hassan Mwinyi,
Madame Sitti Mwinyi,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
    I  am indeed very happy to be here in Dar-es-Salaam to-
day.  May I express my sincere appreciation to you, Mr Pres-
ident,  for  the  warm  welcome  and  generous   hospitality
accorded  to  my  wife and I and to the members of my deleg-
ation.   I recall with  fond  memories  my  first  visit  to
Tanzania during the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Harare in
1986.  The overnight stay, in Dar-es-Salaam, however was too
brief to enable me to get a good glimpse of your country and
its people.  Time also did not permit us to hold discussions
on matters of mutual interest.
2.   My  present visit to Tanzania  provides  me  with  that
opportunity to have a closer look at the  rapid  development
taking  place  in  Tanzania  today and to savour some of the
natural beauties and  splendour of this fascinating country.
The discussions that we have had this afternoon encompassing
every facet of bilateral relations, and the similar  percep-
tions that we shared on regional and international issues of
mutual  interest  certainly help to enhance our relationship
and  marks  a new era  of  mutually  beneficial  cooperation
between our two countries.
3.   Although  formal  diplomatic relations between Malaysia
and Tanzania have been established only recently,  bilateral
contacts  have  been increasing steadily.  As members of the
South, the Non-Aligned Movement and  the  Commonwealth,  our
two  countries  have  worked  closely together to ensure the
success of our shared vision, belief and ideals.   Bilateral
trade,  though negligible, provides a basis for expanded co-
operation.  Given our new resolve for an enhanced  relation-
ship,  our mutual commitment to South-South Cooperation, and
the abundance of natural resources at  our  disposal,  I  am
confident  that our two countries would be able to work more
closely in  the  promotion  of  greater  bilateral  economic
Mr President
4.   May I also commend the determined efforts undertaken by
the  Government  of  Tanzania  under  Your Excellency's able
leadership to liberalise its economy and promote social ser-
vices for the benefit of your people.  These encouraging de-
velopments   offer   potential   for   concrete    bilateral
cooperation between our two countries.  While Malaysia could
perhaps  participate  in  Tanzania's developments in certain
areas in which we have the necessary expertise and  technol-
ogy,  such  as  in  the  rubber  and oleo-chemical industry,
Tanzania which has some of the world's most  impressive  na-
tural  tourist attractions provide attractive investment op-
portunities in tourism.
Mr President
5.   The last decade of this  century  has  witnessed  rapid
changes  in  the  international political scene not least of
which is the emergence of the  so-called  New  World  Order.
While some of these developments offer greater hopes and op-
portunities, particularly to the developing countries of the
South,  some  have negative impact on us.  As members of the
South, we continue to face problems in one way  or  another.
Disparity  in  development,  crippling debt burden, environ-
mental degradation, and falling prices  of  primary  commod-
ities,  are  among  our  perennial problems.   However as we
grapple with these problems, we must not lose sight  of  the
opportunities  available before us.  We recognise the impor-
tance of pragmatic economic programmes and constructive  en-
gagement  with  the  North  in areas of economics, trade and
investments.  We hope the North will respond to these  over-
tures  with similar constructive attitude.  The Final Report
of the South Commission launched in  Caracas  recently  pro-
vided  a  valuable  blueprint on economic development of the
6.   The successful launching of the  Report  owes  much  to
Tanzania.  We are indeed grateful to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere,
the  illustrious  son  of  Tanzania whose name is synonymous
with South-South Cooperation for his invaluable contribution
and wise counsel in the work of the  South  Commission  that
led to the successful conclusion of its work.
7.   As  the  central  message  of  the report envisages the
South must move and find its own way in the world, it is now
left to us to take advantage of the potentials  for  cooper-
8.   I  also  believe that the fundamental changes currently
underway in the African continent are the results in part at
least of the spirit of the Report.  Rhetoric has  now  given
way  to  pragmatic resolve.  Countries of the region are im-
plementing realistic, albeit tough adjustment programmes  to
transform their economies and in the true South-South spirit
of  interdependence  look to one another for cooperation and
9.   In South Africa, the abominable system of apartheid  is
crumbling  and  the  movement  for  multi-party democracy is
gaining momentum.  The positive developments in South Africa
have moved the  Commonwealth  Heads  of  Government  Meeting
which  concluded  its session in Harare yesterday to endorse
the resolution adopted by the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers
Meeting on South Africa in New Delhi recently on the immedi-
ate lifting of people-to-people contacts.   You and  I,  Mr.
President  are indeed privileged to have been present at the
meeting in Harare during the last couple of days and be wit-
ness to this historic decision by the Commonwealth.
10.  We welcome this development and look forward to the day
in the not too distant future when South Africa will be able
to join its other fellow sovereign African states  to  chart
its  destiny  as  an independent state and to engage in con-
structive cooperation not only with its  African  neighbours
but also with other countries in other regions of the world.
11.  This  encouraging development would not have come about
that soon if not for the resolute backing  by  Tanzania  and
others  to  the  oppressed  majority of South Africa.   As a
Front-Line State, Tanzania has played an active role in sup-
port of liberation movements in Southern Africa and for  the
cause  of  freedom,  justice  and economic well-being of the
peoples of this continent.  For this Tanzania  deserves  all
Mr President
12.  It  is  crucial  for countries of the South to work to-
wards the strengthening of South-South Cooperation.   It  is
as  a  manifestation  of our belief in such cooperation that
Malaysia is willing to share its  experiences  and  whatever
expertise it has with Tanzania.
13.  Notwithstanding  our limited resources Malaysia has ex-
tended assistance to several developing countries in Africa.
We have trained several Tanzanian officials under our  Tech-
nical Cooperation Programme.  We have also made contribution
to  Frontline  States  under the Africa Fund.  We would con-
tinue to assist our African friends in whatever way  we  can
in  the  future.    At the very least we can learn from each
other.   As  long  as  there  is  the  political  will,  our
endeavour  to  achieve  a better life for our peoples in the
true spirit of South-South Cooperation could be realised.
Mr President
14.  The signing of the Agreement  on  Economic,  Technical,
Scientific  and  Cultural  Cooperation  by  our Ministers is
therefore timely.  It establishes the framework for enhanced
Malaysia-Tanzania relations.
15.  Before I conclude, I would like to take  this  opportu-
nity  once  more  to  thank Your Excellency and Madame Sitti
Mwinyi for the kind and gracious hospitality accorded to  my
wife  and  I  as  well  as to the Malaysian delegation.  Our
programme for the next two days will  provide  us  with  the
opportunity to visit the charming island of Zanzibar and the
world-renowned  Ngorongoro Park.  I look forward to visiting
these important regions of  Tanzania  and  to  get  to  know
Tanzania and its friendly people.
Ladies and Gentlemen
16.  May  I now  propose  a  toast  to  His  Excellency  the
President and Madame Sitti Mwinyi,  and  to the  everlasting
friendship and cooperation between Malaysia and Tanzania.