Last week, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of the Interior, David Hayes, pledged the full support of the US in Tanzania’s anti-poaching efforts before a visiting delegation from the Tanzanian government, led by Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki. Specific requests from the delegation included technical assistance and expertise regarding surveillance and strategies to combat the existing poaching networks in Tanzania. Hayes was quoted as saying: “The US has a responsibility of fostering a cordial relationship with Tanzania so as to ensure the sustainability of natural resources in the country.”
The two parties agreed to prepare and sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the topic, to be completed in December in Tanzania. The Memorandum will act as a framework for the cooperation between the US and Tanzania.
During their visit, the delegation also met with officials from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Council on Environmental Quality, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations.