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Nordic Week 2018 was devoted to Green Growth

18.06.2018  10:50

For the third consecutive year, the Nordic week took place in Tanzania from 31 May to 6 June. The goal of the week was to promote the Nordic countries as well as to celebrate the close cooperation with Tanzania for more than 50 years. Four Nordic countries participated: Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden.

Nordic Ambassadors. From left Pekka Hulkka (FI), Katarina Ragnitt (SE), Hanna-Marie Kaarstad (NO) and Einar H. Jensen (DK). 

This year's theme was Green Growth and the week featured various events that put the theme on the agenda. These included a symposium on Tanzania's Environment and National Economy, a Business Forum with dialogue about green growth, opportunities and challenges in Tanzania and a joint Nordic reception at the Danish ambassador’s residence with Hon. Minister of Environment and Union, January Makamba, as the guest of honour.

Minister Makamba and Danish Ambassador Einar H. Jensen visiting one of the 19 business showcases

In addition, cultural events were organized at Nafasi Art Space and concerts with the Danish choir Nordlys (Northern Lights).

A video of the Danish ambassador’s speech at the reception can be found here:

Can we preserve the environment while promoting economic growth?
This was one of the questions discussed in the symposium opening the Nordic Week 2018. The symposium on Tanzania's environment, climate and national economy, was organized in cooperation with the Vice President's Office and attracted a broad participation in which both the Vice President, the Minister for Environment and the Minister of Energy participated.


The challenges and opportunities doing sustainable business in Tanzania
Sustainable growth was taken from a national economic level to a corporate economy level during the Nordic Week's Business Forum, with green growth, opportunities and challenges in Tanzania on the agenda. The Forum gathered key people from Tanzanian authorities, Tanzanian business, interest organizations and Nordic business in Tanzania. CEO of COWI Tanzania Anne-Mette Benzon, was part of the panel.

The Danish ambassador opened his residence for a joint Nordic celebration of more than 50 years of bilateral cooperation with Tanzania. The Hon. Minister of Environment, January Makamba, was the guest of honour and the garden was filled with Nordic tones from the Danish choir, Nordlys (Northern Lights).

Nordlys singing the Tanzanian and Nordic national anthems

Hon. January Makamba used the opportunity to thank the Nordic countries for close cooperation and looked forward to continuing the good cooperation in the years to come. The Danish Ambassador expressed in his address the importance of acting green. "From recent floods in East Africa to water shortages in Cape Town, climate change negatively affects our lives."