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Africa on the agenda during Minister's visit

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Tanzania's Minister for Foreign Affairs Bernard Membe yesterday marked Africa Day with his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith, in the first visit by a Tanzanian foreign minister for 20 years. Smith says there are growing bilateral trade relations, especially in the mining industry. "Tanzania and Australia enjoy warm relations based on growing commercial ties and long-standing people-to-people links," said Smith. "Mr Membe's visit will provide an opportunity to examine further potential for business and commercial cooperation." Australia and Tanzania also share ties through Australia's development assistance program in Africa. Assistance includes training community workers to help families affected by HIV/AIDS, and providing postgraduate scholarships next year to 14 Tanzanian students through AusAID. Membe's official visit will conclude on May 29.

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