By Rose Athumani
The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Amb. Khamis Kagasheki said the Thailand Prime Minister, Ms Yingluck Shinawatra who on Wednesday visited the Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) vowed to bring trainers to local institutions.
He said Thailand would also provide scholarships on short and medium term courses on anti-poaching to Tanzanians in Thailand.
The minister said this at a news conference at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), shortly after departure of the Thailand Prime Minister.
He said an agreement on wildlife management and conservation, signed between the two countries, would enable the assistance from Thailand in anti-poaching and speed up development in the tourism sector. "The agreement is not binding but it is more on cooperation, where we will benefit on a number of issues including training.
However, this is to build our local capacity in anti-poaching and tourism growth," he explained. While at SENAPA, Amb. Kagasheki noted that the Thai Prime Minister saw the big five including large herds of elephants and their young ones.
"She was really impressed and promised to come back with her family," he said. He said President Jakaya Kikwete has stressed that an invitation extended to the ministry by the Thai Prime Minister Shinawatra should be honoured in the shortest time possible to follow up on the agreements, so they can be implemented immediately. More....