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.
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.
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.
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.
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.