Nordic Week 2019: Building Partnership for Sustainable Development
The Nordic Week 2019 was organized in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for the fourth time. The week highlighted the strong ties and over 50 years of cooperation between Tanzania and the Nordic countries. Finland together with Denmark, Norway and Sweden organized events on climate change, business environment and culture. The celebration of the week culminated in the Nordic Week reception at the Finnish Residence, where we had the pleasure to host the Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of Tanzania, Dr. Kabudi as the guest of honor.
Climate change and forest – Nordic knowhow and the potential in Tanzania
The Nordic Seminar on Climate Change – call for immediate action focused on the importance of forests for creating new opportunities for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Tanzania. The seminar brought together different stakeholders from the government, academia, civil society, and private sector. January Makamba, the Minister of State, responsible for Environment and Climate change, described the challenges from the Tanzanian grassroot level and Dr. Outi Myatt-Hirvonen, the Senior Advised on Climate Change, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland set the scene of the global discussions. Throughout the keynotes and panel discussion, the shared key message was that Tanzania has a huge potential for the forestry when it has solved some of the prevailing challenges related to lack of technology and knowhow. Those are the areas where partners such as the Nordic countries can share their expertise, as the Nordics are known for having strong competency in the forestry. Forests as such are linked not only to climate change, but also to biodiversity, water, and food security, just to mention a few. By understanding these linkages and incorporating different sectors it is possible to find sustainable solutions.
Nordic companies are reliable partners
Growing Nordic business in Tanzania -seminar tackled the challenges and possibilities related to doing business in Tanzania. Representatives from the Nordic businesses, Government of Tanzania, and private sector discussed the importance of having a predictable business environment, which is based on dialogue and trust. Dialogue not only between the public and private sectors but also between different actors within private sector to enhance confidence. Now organized for the second time, this seminar continues to work as one of the much-needed platforms for bringing different actors together.
Cultural exchange and value of cooperation
Nordic week is not complete without culture – this time we focused on the contemporary Nordic cinema and on creating sustainable art from recycled materials. The Nordic film nights will continue during the whole April. Finland opened the film month with the award winning The Happiest day in the life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies), and we had a full house! Different and a very Finnish choice of film.
The Nordic Week continues to be valued event with its timely topics and discussions. It was also well covered in the Tanzania media. As the Honorable Dr. Kabudi highlighted in his remarks at the reception, the Nordic Week will continue to strengthen its position as a valued possibility to share experiences and to strengthen the cooperation and special relationship between the Nordics and Tanzania.