Honourable guests were the Chief Secretary HE Ambassador Eng. John William Kijazi, the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries in mainland Tanzania, Hon Luhaga Joelson Mpina and the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries in Zanzibar, Hon Rashid Ali Juma.
The event marked the completion of a research cruise conducted by the Nansen vessel in Tanzanian waters during the two first weeks of April, where 19 African scientists participated, including 13 from Tanzania.
The objective of the cruise was to collect new and important data on Tanzania's marine environment and resources, increasing awareness and creating partnerships for sustainable ocean management.
The research vessel is the world’s most advanced vessel of its kind. It is part of the Nansen Programme, which began in 1974 and is funded by Norway and implemented by FAO.
The data are owned by the participating institutions, and form a basis for knowledge based sustainable management of Tanzania’s marine environment and resources.
The Chief Secretary expressed in his speech the importance of this programme to Tanzania, and thanked Norway for this long-term commitment, and informed that the Tanzanian government is committed to utilising these data in their policymaking.