Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Børge Brende visiting Tanzania

Mr. Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, is visiting Tanzania 29 - 30 June. Mr. Brende who is visiting Dar es Salaam will meet several Government Ministers to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues of common interest.

“Norway supports Tanzania’s goal of becoming a middle-income country within 2025. We will continue to develop our broad cooperation, including in the areas of private sector and job creation, to spur growth and development”, says Mr. Brende.   

Norway and Tanzania have a close relationship after fifty-five years of development cooperation. In recent years, the bilateral relations have been broadened through collaboration with regards to international issues of mutual interest such as climate change, education, health, as well as increased private sector development and business engagement. Mr. Brende will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the establishment of regular political dialogue with Tanzania on such issues of common interest.

During his visit, Mr. Brende will meet with H.E President Dr. Magufuli, Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahiga, Honourable Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. Mpango, Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Mwijage, Honourable Deputy Minister of Energy and Minerals Dr. Kalemani and H.E. former President Mkapa.

Norway has been a long-term supporter of capacity building in Tanzania. During the visit, Mr. Brende will launch further Norwegian support for Tanzania’s tax reform and new commitments to the Tax Modernisation Programme in Tanzania. The Minister of Foreign Affairs will also be launching further Norwegian support for sustainable management of petroleum resources through the Oil for Development Programme. The Programme aims to share Norway’s experiences in natural resource management of the sector with other countries and provide assistance to their effort to manage petroleum resources in a sustainable manner.

Tanzania host more than 310 000 refugees from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, this “forgotten” humanitarian crises receives little international support. Norway will therefore contribute NOK 21 million (approximately USD 2.5 million) in additional support to the refugees. Norway is also supporting host communities in Kigoma through OneUNFund in Tanzania. 

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