A statement by the Prime Minister’s Office said yesterday that the premier noted that Tanzania welcomes Finish investors to various sectors including information and communication technology (ICT), energy, transport, forestry and agro processing. He said the government is striving to ensure a friendly business and investment environment.
“We commend the Finnish government for supporting Tanzania’s efforts towards poverty reduction as well as boosting revenue collections,” he said in conservation with Ambassador Hukka.
Ambassador Hukka will leave the country by end of this month, heading to Tunisia—his new working station. The envoy said that Finland will continue to forge relationships with Tanzania in different sectors, including forestry.
He said Finland and Tanzania signed an agreement for the Forestry and Value Chain Programme (FORVAC) which aims at boosting revenues and control deforestation.
“Under the program, we work to enhance supervision of forest resources and policies. We also facilitate value addition to forest products,” he said, emphasizing that Finland supports forest management programs through the private forestry programme (PFP).
The PFP program is meant to boost revenues of rural residents in ten districts, namely Njombe Urban, Njombe Rural, Makete, Ludewa, Kilombero, Mufindi, Kilolo, Madaba, Mbinga and Nyasa. Residents in these areas are trained on how to add value to forest products, he elaborated.
The residents have been able to raise their family incomes by more than 9,000/- per month by this project, he said.
Meanwhile, the premier held talks with the Swiss Ambassador to Tanzania, Florence Mattli who is also completing her tour of duty in the country.
He assured the outgoing ambassador that the government will continue working with the new Switzerland ambassador for mutual benefit.
“It is crucial to enhance cooperation with Switzerland taking into consideration business and investment opportunities in the health, agriculture, education and technology sectors,” he told the envoy.
Majaliwa commended the government of Switzerland for supporting the country’s development endeavours.
Ambassador Mattli said Switzerland has been supporting Tanzania’s efforts towards enhancing accountability, transparency and combating corruption.
“We assist in capacity building for the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) and sensitizing the community on corruption,” she said.
In 2018, the Swiss government provided US $ 24 million for skills development and youth employment projects under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Switzerland also supports youth development projects through Opportunity for Youth Employment (OYE) NGO in environment conservation and skills development, the outgoing envoy added.