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Minister Astrup meets President Magufuli - Photo:State House
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Minister Astrup's visit to Tanzania

The Norwegian Minister of International Development, Nikolai Astrup, visited Tanzania on 28-30 November. He met with His Excellency President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli and the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs Augustine Mahiga to discuss concerns regarding the country’s human rights situation, economic development, development cooperation and private sector investment.

Together with the Honorable Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Ndugai, Minister Astrup was the guest of honor at the annual Alumni Tanzania-Norway (Al-Ta-No) reception. After 50 years of development cooperation, the close relationship between Tanzania and Norway has materialized in many ways. One example is the thousands of Tanzanians who have studied in Norway. The members of Al-Ta-No are Tanzanians who have studied or worked in Norway and the Norwegian community in Tanzania. The aim is to strengthen and maintain the ties between Norway and Tanzania.

During his visit, the Development Minister held talks with the Honorable Minister for Environment and Union Affairs January Makamba, and the Honorable Deputy Minister for Agriculture Omary Mgumba on cooperation in those sectors.

Minister Astrup met with the Honorable Deputy Minister for Finance and Planning Ashatu Kijaji, and with representatives of the Tanzania Revenue Board to discuss a number of economic and tax related issues, including the Norwegian support for tax reforms.

Renewable energy is an important part of the development cooperation between Tanzania and Norway. Minister Astrup spenta day in Tanga region, where he together with the Honorable Deputy Minister of Energy Subira Khamis Mgalu visited Pangani Power Plant. The plant is partly funded by Norway. They also visited small businesses in the area, whose establishment has been possible due to access to electricity through the successful Rural Energy Agency programme. The REA has so far expanded to over 5000 rural villages across Tanzania.

The Minister visited Yara’s port terminal in Dar es Salaam with the Deputy Minister of Agriculture to look at Yara’s work to promote increased agriculture productivity, food safety and climate change adaptation.

During his visit, the Minister met with a number of civil society organizations to learn about their work and discuss current challenges for civil society. Norway is a major contributor to the UN system, The World Bank, the African Development Bank and various global funds and mechanisms. The Minister met with a number of key multilateral partners to receive their assessment of their engagement with Tanzania.

Norway supports Tanzania’s efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals through the mobilization of national resources and business development and become a middle-income country by 2025. The dialogue on economic development, human rights, trade and investment, development cooperation, and regional and global challenges, is a key part of our long-standing and close relationship.