Successful visit to Tanzania 19-21 May by Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation H.E. Peter Eriksson
During his visit, H.E. Eriksson met with H.E. President Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli to discuss the unique relationship between Sweden and Tanzania, the current situation and the future cooperation. H.E. Eriksson described the meeting as a good and frank conversation where he raised issues on democracy, shrinking space and human rights. He also congratulated the President on his anti-corruption work and confirmed that Sweden is looking forward to future development cooperation with Tanzania. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation H.E. Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi was also present.
Minister Eriksson also had the opportunity to meet with Hon. William Nasha, Deputy Minister for Education, Science and Technology. After the meeting, he stated that there had been “Good discussions on girls’ right to education and how to make it possible”.
H.E. Eriksson also met with representatives of the Tanzanian political opposition who shared their views on current affairs and the political situation in Tanzania.
In a meeting with the long standing Swedish partner the Controller and Auditor General Prof. Mussa Assad, the Minister witnessed a signing of an agreement with the National Audit Office of Tanzania to conduct performance audits on Swedish development programs implemented by the Tanzanian Government. After the meeting, he concluded: “Independent institutions that balance power in a country are very important to fight corruption, and for society in general”.
While in Tanzania, Minister Eriksson also had the opportunity to visit a wildlife management area, learn more about off-grid electrification programs and interact with a dairy farmer supported by Swedish partner Private Agricultural Sector Support Trust, PASS. Furthermore, he visited the Legal and Human Rights Centre, LHRC, which has been supported by Sweden for more than 16 years. LHRC showed him one of their legal clinics, where they provide access to justice to people living in poverty. He also got the opportunity to learn about their network monitoring the human rights situation in Tanzania.
The discussions and impressions from the visit will play an important part in the work to prepare for the future cooperation between Sweden and Tanzania as the current strategy expires at the end of the year.