Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi has stated that Tanzania has expressed interest in studying Indonesia's infrastructure achievements and downstream industries.

"Tanzania is also willing to learn from Indonesia about the development of the palm oil industry and the management of state-owned enterprises (SOEs)," she said in a statement released on Tuesday.

This interest was conveyed by Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan during her meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at the Dar Es Salaam State House.

Additionally, the Indonesian government seeks to strengthen diplomatic relations with Tanzania through the development of a diplomatic school curriculum, Marsudi said.

"President Jokowi invited a team from Tanzania to visit Jakarta to exchange ideas regarding the development of a diplomatic school curriculum," she stated.

She also mentioned that the meeting resulted in an agreement to immediately commence negotiations on a preferential trade agreement (PTA) and a bilateral investment treaty (BIT).

"The two presidents agreed to initiate negotiations for the PTA and BIT," she stated.

The bilateral meeting led to the signing of cooperation documents in several sectors, including a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a joint commission for bilateral cooperation and a visa-free agreement for diplomatic passport holders.

The two countries also signed an MoU on health cooperation, as well as an agreement on the energy sector and electricity cooperation, which was forged between Indonesia's state electricity company PLN and the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO), Marsudi informed.

She added that an MoU was also signed by Indonesia's state mining holding MIND ID and the Tanzanian State Mining Corporation (STAMICO).

Indonesia's state oil company Pertamina and the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) also inked an MoU on the oil and gas business value chain.

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