Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received Dr. Ali Mohammad Shein, President of Zanzibar.

During the meeting, held at the Al Bahar Palace, Shaikh Mohammad and Shein discussed the existing relations between the two countries in the areas of investment, trade, tourism and other sectors, as well as ways of enhancing their future ties and several issues of mutual interest.

Shaikh Mohammad stressed that the UAE is prioritising its efforts to boost its relations with Tanzania, Zanzibar and Africa in general, to achieve development and prosperity.

Shein thanked Shaikh Mohammad for the UAE’s support for Zanzibar’s overall development while highlighting his desire to enhance his country’s overall relations with the UAE to benefit from its pioneering expertise, especially in the light of the potential for further joint development and prosperity.

Moreover, the Khalifa Fund For Enterprise Development, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Finance and Planning of Tanzania to provide Dh36.8 million ($10 million) towards the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Zanzibar, in the presence of Shaikh Mohammad and Shein.

The MoU was signed by Hussain Jasem Al Nowais, Chairman of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and Mohammad Ramia Abdiwawa, in the region.