21 February 2013

Tanzania: Indian High Commission Keen On Tsn Partnership

THE Indian High Commission in Dar es Salaam has expressed interest in partnering with the Tanzania Standard (Newspapers) Limited (TSN) in making use of archives of large photographs the company possesses.

The Indian High Commissioner, Mr Debnath Shaw, said when he paid a courtesy call at the TSN offices at Tazara area that he would be interested in having an exhibition at their cultural centre and could have a down memory lane theme using some of the oldest photographs available at TSN.

"Using your archives, we can encourage young as well as experienced research scholars to make use of this resource," he said. Mr Shaw added that with the coming of the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) workshop on India and Africa relations, access to the archives would prove beneficial to participants of the meeting.

He revealed that the Mission was at the end of the month expecting scholars from India, who will visit Tanzania and Uganda and promised to put a word across for them to access the archives.

On bilateral cooperation, the High Commissioner who has been in the country for the past six months said that during the past decade, India had started a focus on Africa policy and was now doing more with their development partners.

"This has been evident with summits in conjunction with the African Union in 2008 and 2011 and the Prime Minister's visit to Tanzania, the only country he visited after the meeting. We are trying to expand cooperation as well as in the media," he said.

The TSN Acting Managing Editor, Mr Gabriel Nderumaki, said that as the company continues to strive to achieve its vision of being the most reliable source of information, opportunities of cooperation were many.

Mr Nderumaki said the company had plans on going commercial whereby its state-of-the-art printing press will print newspapers, magazines and other materials for other companies. "India is currently a fast-growing economy in the world as well as being known for its Information Technology and manufacturing potentials.

Establishing an effective distribution network is one of our biggest challenges and this is an area we can work on together," he said. During his visit at the TSN offices, Mr Shaw toured 'HabariLeo' and 'Daily News' newsrooms as well as the printing press.

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