For the fourth consecutive year, the “Nordic Week” was arranged from 3-6 April. The Nordic Week is an opportunity to celebrate our shared Nordic values of equality, respect of human rights, rule of law, transparency, innovation and sustainability, as they provide a strong foundation for our societies and could serve as inspiration for others.
This year, the Nordic Week highlighted different aspects of our partnership including a call to action to act against climate change. Furthermore, a business dialogue was held to inspire the discussion on what is needed to enable Tanzania to achieve its economic goals of becoming a middle-income country under the theme Building Partnerships For Sustainable Growth.
The Nordic week kick-started with a seminar on climate change to call for immediate action emphasizing the role of forests in relation to climate change. The seminar was graced by the presence of January Makamba, Minister of Union Affairs and the Environment, who spoke about how climate change impacts rural livelihoods and adaptation in Tanzania. Many critical issues were raised for example the consequences of climate change on sustainable development, poverty eradication and inequalities, and how to attract carbon investments to Tanzania- as trees are the safest and most powerful weapon to tackle climate change. The seminar attracted broad participation from the Tanzanian Government as well as civil society and the development partners.
On the opening day, a joint Nordic reception was hosted by the Finish Ambassador with H.E. Palamagamba Kabudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation as the guest of honor, marking the start of a successful Nordic Week. Minister Kabudi underlined the importance of providing a conducive business environment to attract trade and investments. Nordic businesses were present during the reception as well with attendance from the Nordic community, development partners, Tanzanian government and civil society.
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, on the theme “Growing Nordic Business in Tanzania”. The seminar provided a good platform to discuss what it is really like to do business in Tanzania. Among many interesting discussions; dialogue, mutual understanding, trust, predictability and clear information was particularly emphasized as vital for creating a conducive environment for rapid economic growth.
The Nordic Ambassadors together with the panelists from the business seminar
The Nordic Week ended with a Cultural event at Nafasi Art Space with dance performances and an interactive workshop on how to use recycled material creatively. In addition to the initiatives above, a Nordic film festival is ongoing- showing Nordic movies every Thursday in April at the Goethe-Institute.