India and Tanzania are set to strengthen their defense partnership with a comprehensive 5-year roadmap aimed at bolstering military capabilities and enhancing maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The two nations have formalized their commitment by signing six agreements covering a range of areas, including technology, shipping, and more. These agreements serve to reinforce cooperation and elevate their mutual relations to the status of a Strategic Partnership and Defense Cooperation.
The six Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) inked between India and Tanzania are poised to advance their bilateral relations to the status of a strategic partnership. These agreements encompass a 5-year roadmap aimed at substantially enhancing defense cooperation, promoting increased trade conducted in local currencies, and a mutual commitment to coordinating efforts in addressing challenges such as maritime security, piracy, and drug trafficking, among others.
Both nations have also concurred on fostering cooperation within the framework of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), particularly in the field of the blue economy. This collaboration extends to various aspects, including tourism, maritime trade, scientific research, seabed mining, ocean conservation, and more.
The meeting also took the India-Tanzania relationship forward with Tanzania agreeing to adopt India’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface). The meeting also included India agreeing to start the Indian Institute of Technology in Tanzania making it the first IIT outside India.