Nordic Week 2019 “Building Partnerships for Sustainable Growth”

Finland's Ambassador Pekka Hukka, Norway's Ambassador Elisabeth Jacobsen, Sweden's Ambassador Anders Sjöberg and Denmark's Ambassador Einar Jensen
Finland's Ambassador Pekka Hukka, Norway's Ambassador Elisabeth Jacobsen, Sweden's Ambassador Anders Sjöberg and Denmark's Ambassador Einar Jensen

3-6 April 2019, the four Nordic Embassies in Tanzania hosted «Nordic Week» for the fourth year in a row to highlight the strong ties and over 50 years of cooperation between Tanzania and the Nordic countries. Nordic Week is an opportunity for the Nordic Embassies to celebrate our shared values of equality, respect for human rights, rule of law, transparency, innovation and sustainable growth. We organised events on climate change, business environment and culture.

Climate Seminar – Call for Immediate Action

Nordic Week opened with a climate seminar – Call for Immediate Action – on 3 April. Minister of Union Affairs and Environment, January Makamba, held the opening speech focusing on how climate change impacts Tanzania and encouraged more climate activism. The main focus of the seminar was the need for sustainable forest management and the forest as one of the most important resources for carbon capture and reduced carbon emissions. Other speakers were Dr. Outi Myatt-Hirvonen from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jarl Kosberg from the forest company Green Resources Ltd/Norfund, Director of Forestry and Beekeeping Division, Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Commissioner of External Finance, Ministry of Finance and Planning, who spoke about funding climate projects. The seminar ended with a panel debate between representatives from the government, civil society and academia.

Honourable January Makamba giving his remarks at the Climate Change seminar
Honourable January Makamba giving his remarks at the Climate Change seminar

 

Joint Nordic reception at the Finnish Ambassador’s Residence

Wednesday evening there was a joint Nordic Reception at the Finnish Ambassador’s Residence. Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi was the Guest of Honour. Honourable Prof. Kabudi spoke warmly about the long lasting, close and friendly relationship between Tanzania and the Nordic countries.

Honourable Prof. Kabudi and His Excellency Mr. Hukka, the Ambassador of Finland.
Honourable Prof. Kabudi and His Excellency Mr. Hukka, the Ambassador of Finland.

 

Business Seminar – “Growing Nordic Business in Tanzania”
As a considerable number of Nordic companies are active in Tanzania in a wide variety of sectors, the Nordic Embassies organized a business seminar at REPOA. The seminar provided a good platform to discuss what it is like to do business in Tanzania. The panellists and audience discussed the need for predictability and the importance of more dialogue and trust between the private and the public sector. The seminar highlighted the need for reform and to fast track the Blue Print for improvement of Tanzania’s business environment.

The panellists at the Business Seminar and the four Nordic Ambassadors
The panellists at the Business Seminar and the four Nordic Ambassadors

 

Cultural event

Nordic Week ended on Saturday 6 April with a cultural event at Nafasi Art Space, a long-term partner of the Norwegian Embassy. At Nafasi one could experience the art exhibition “How did we get here”, a dance performance by Muda Africa, and interactive workshops on how to reuse recycled material in a creative way. In addition, the Embassies organised a Nordic Film Festival showing one Nordic film every Thursday in April. Norway showed the movie “The Wave” and served Norwegian Waffles.

Dance performance by Muda Africa at Nafasi Art Space
Dance performance by Muda Africa at Nafasi Art Space

 

Nordic Week continues to be a valued event with its timely topics and discussions. It was also well covered in local media with two op-eds and several articles in the newspapers. Nordic Week will continue to strengthen its position as a valued possibility to share experiences and to strengthen the long-lasting relationship between the Nordic countries and Tanzania.