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Message of appreciation and congratulations to his Excellency the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr.

Jakaya Kikwete and Her Excellency, Madam Yingluck Shinawatra Prime Minister of Thailand. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Tanzania Country Office in conjunction with the WWF Global Network, recognizes, appreciates and congratulates H.E. The President of United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and H.E. Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand upon signing a Memorandum of Understanding on
Cooperation in Wildlife Conservation and Management between the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries and for sound management of natural resources.

In particular WWF recognizes and appreciates H.E. the President of the United Republic of

Tanzania, Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, for his steadfast commitment in the fight against Illegal Wildlife Trade in Tanzania and H.E. Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand for her recently announced intention to ban domestic ivory trade in Thailand at the opening of the Sixteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16, Bangkok, 2013) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Your Excellences contributions form the basis for the protection and restoration of the countrys and indeed planets important species while also being saved from extinction. It is heartening to see such South-South Cooperation and the resolve of your respective governments Ministries, who are at the forefront in confronting this dangerous trade, in taking such decisive and exemplary action both on the supply and demand sides of this atrocious illegal trade. WWF and its partner conservation organizations support you in this endeavor.
Sincerely yours, BellAube Houinato, Country Director, World Wide Fund for Nature Tanzania.