A 19-member delegation of the Finnish government arrived here Sunday for a four-day official tour aimed at evaluating economic and social development projects supported by the North European country.
According to Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation ministry, the delegation includes Anne Sipiläinen, Under-Secretary of State responsible for Development Cooperation and Policy, members of parliament, officials from Finland’s ministries of foreign affairs and finance as well as representatives of the private sector.
Projects benefiting from Finnish government support in Tanzania include forestry and environment management, agriculture and bio-energy development, information and communication technology (ICT) and a high-quality cashew semi-processing factory in the southern district of Masasi in Mtwara Region.
Run by Intersnack Ltd., the factory is a development cooperation project through which the Tanzanian government wants to boost economic and social empowerment of local cashew nut producers.
Before proceeding to Mtwara on Monday, the Finnish team will take part in the launch of the Dar es salaam-Teknohama Business Incubators (DTBi), a bilateral co-operation project seeking to strengthen Tanzania’s trade sector and information industry.
In 2010, Finland extended 34 million euros in development aid to Tanzania, and the package is expected to increase this year to approximately 40 million euros