An energetic dance performance opened the event, combining movements rooted in Tanzanian tradition with voice and drums. The performers were students from MuDa Africa, a non-profit organization supported by Embassy.
In her greeting, H.E Ambassador Elisabeth Jacobsen voiced her appreciation for the long and close relationship between Tanzania and Norway, built on trust and mutual respect. She emphasized that Al-Ta-No members are important representatives of the friendship and collaboration between our countries.
The Norwegian Minister of International Development, Hon. Nikolai Astrup, also spoke about the two countries longstanding collaboration, dating back to the days of Mwalimu Nyerere. Nyerere was a good friend of the Nordic countries. Minister Astrup highlighted the collaboration between Norwegian and Tanzanian institutions for higher education, giving examples such as; Universities in Ås, Bergen, Agder and Trondheim (NTNU) on the Norwegian side, and universities of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Sokoine and Mzumbe in Tanzania. The Minister also addressed the importance of future cooperation, including mobilization of private sector, economic growth, job creation and human rights. He confirmed that Norway is prepared to be a long-term, responsible and transparent partner, supporting Tanzania to become a middle-income country and achieving the goals for the 2030 Agenda.
Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Job Ndugai, expressed his appreciation on behalf of all the members of the Al-Ta-No network for this initiative that gives opportunity to maintain and further develop ties between Tanzania and Norway. He shared experiences from when he took his Masters (MSc) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås, and stressed how the skills he gained benefits him in his current position, serving the Tanzanian Government. Hon. Ndugai’s speech was highlighted by his personal and humoristic memories of first meetings with the Norwegian winter, with snow and hail falling from the sky. Hon. Ndugai closed his speech by encouraging increased trade between Tanzania and Norway.
The Honorable Speaker welcomed the special guests of the evening up on stage; Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Dr. Ashatu Kijaji, Deputy Minister of Industries, Trade and Investment, Hon. Eng. Dr. Stella Manyanya and Member of Parliament Hon. Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, all members of the alumni and previous students in Norway. Together, they handed over gifts to the Norwegian Minister of Development; he received locally manufactured cashew nuts, tea and a traditional kitenge.
The Al-Ta-No reception gathered Tanzanians who have studied or worked in Norway, former employees of the Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania, representatives from Norwegian organizations, educational- and research institutions as well as Norwegian businesses present in Tanzania, who were present with business stands. The guests attended enjoyed a “little piece of Norway” through Norwegian traditional music, videos of Norway’s magnificent nature and the taste of “laks”, “twist”, “melkesjokolade” and Norwegian waffles with “brunost”. The “brunost” was clearly suffering a bit in the warm Tanzanian night...
Picture from Nikolai Astrup’s Instagram account. (https://instagram.com/nikolaiastrup?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1ff6f832mxru7)
Guests enjoyed meeting up with long-time friends and colleagues from their years as students, and used the opportunity to share experiences from Norway, revitalizing old connections and building new partnerships.
The Alumni network aims to maintain and strengthen ties between the Norwegian community in Tanzania, and Tanzanian citizens who have studied or worked in Norway. The Embassy invites people within the Al-Ta-No network to this annual event. In addition, the Embassy, together with the Al-Ta-No working group will facilitate informal get-togethers during the course of the year and in different regions of Tanzania.