Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) yesterday bid farewell to Veslemoy Salvesen of the Norwegian embassy who for three years was the link person, closely involved in work to promote the country’s media industry.
Speaking during the ceremony MCT Executive Secretary Kajubi Mukajanga said Salvesen was the link person for the Norwegian government which is among the countries working closely with the council to ensure the country’s media industry moves forward by promoting good governance.
He said MCT has been receiving support from the Norwegian government since 2007 to fund different programmes with the outgoing official working closely with council to ensure all activities were well developed in bid to improve media industry.
For her part Salvesen thanked the government of Tanzania and MCT for giving her cooperation and made her work easy in supporting the media industry.
She said although she was going back, the collaboration between the government of Tanzania and Norway will continue and will improve.
“The one who will take my part is also a good person. It is hard to say goodbye to people who have been together for many years,’ said the secretary.
Salvesen called on MCT to continue working hard by stressing ethics and accountability in the profession, adding that she was happy that the media industry is improving day after day.
“I used to be a journalist in my country before joining the Foreign Ministry. When I was appointed to come to this country and found my work was to deal with media I was very happy. From my soul I am very happy having been with MCT and the good people of Tanzania,” she said.
Ambassador Ingun Klepsvik said the outgoing secretary built a strong foundation with MCT, enabling the embassy to build a good relationship between the two countries.
She said MCT has a big role to play in representing the country and getting support to improve the media industry.
The envoy added that her country will continue to collaborate with the council.
Moving a vote of thanks on behalf of the media, The Guardian Editor Wallace Mauggo said the Tanzania media are fully convinced that their cordial relations with the Royal Norwegian Embassy and with Norwegian people in support the media industry will continue even after Salvesen's departure.
He said Tanzania media are still faced with challenges that are perhaps more daunting than obtains in many other parts of the world, not surprisingly,including a few other African countries.
"We both acknowledge and appreciate the variety and seriousness of these challenges, which is precisely why we always treasure whatever support true friends like Norway extend to us in the spirit of helping our media to stand on their own feet in dignity," he said.