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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Finland and Tanzania

Bilateral relations

Political relations:

The relationship between Finland and Tanzania is exceptionally close and warm. Finland and Tanzania have extended the partnership to important processes on global governance (Helsinki Process, ILO Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation)

Development Cooperation:

Tanzania is Finland's longest standing partner in development cooperation. The development cooperation between Finland and Tanzania started officially in 1962, when Finland joined the Nordic Tanganyika Project.

Finnish development cooperation in Tanzania focuses on

  • Effective public sector
  • Employment and livelihoods

Finland's planned budget frame for Tanzania in 2016–2019 is EUR 52 million.

More information: http://www.finland.or.tz/public/default.aspx?contentid=364304&nodeid=47122&contentlan=2&culture=en-US

Trade and economic relations:

Finland currently exports to Tanzania energy machinery and engines, fertilizers and electronics. The amount of exports to Tanzania in 2015 was about 27 million euros. The amount of imports from Tanzania in 2015 was about 5 million euros. Exports to Finland consist mainly of agricultural sector products.

Cultural relations:

Finland and Tanzania signed the Cultural Cooperation Agreement on 12.12.1988. In the past years there has been more cultural cooperation between the countries by individual persons, non-governmental organisations and institutions. The Cultural Cooperation is funded by individuals or institutions, also support of the Government of Finland has been given by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education. Embassy has supported the Finnish-Tanzanian cultural projects and the Zanzibar International Film Festival, Tanzania Culture Trust Fund (Mfuko), Sibelius Academy and Bagamoyo Art School from the Local Cooperation Fund.

Agreements between the Governments of Finland and Tanzania:

Latest high level visits from Finland to Tanzania:

  • Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Kai Mykkänen, November 2016
  • Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, January 2014
  • Minister for International Development, Pekka Haavisto, January 2014
  • Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Alexander Stubb, May 2013
  • Minister for International Development, Heidi Hautala, May 2013
  • Minister for International Development, Heidi Hautala, May 2012
  • Minister for International Development, Heidi Hautala, Zanzibar, October 2011
  • Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, March 2010
  • Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Paavo Väyrynen, Helsinki Process, November 2007
  • Finnish delegation of Inter-Party Dialogue on Democracy,  April 2005
  • Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation,  Paula Lehtomäki, Nordic-Africa Initiative, January 2005
  • Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Paula Lehtomäki, Official visit, August-September 2004
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, Erkki Tuomioja, Helsinki Process, August 2004
  • President Martti Ahtisaari, International Youth Foundation, March 2004
  • State Visit of President Tarja Halonen, February 2003

Latest high level visits from Tanzania to Finland:

  • President Jakaya Kikwete and First Lady Salma Kikwete, June 2015
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Bernard Membe, June 2015
  • Minister of Energy and Minerals, Mr. George Simbachawene, June 2015
  • Minister of Land, Settlement Development, Water and Energy of Zanzibar, Mr. Ramadhani Abdullah Shaaban, June 2015
  • Minister of Energy and Minerals, Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, September 2014
  • Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Seif S. Rashidi, May 2014
  • Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa, October 2013
  • Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Mahadhi Juma Maalim, June 2013
  • Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Khamis Kagasheki, March 2013
  • Deputy Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Mr. January Makamba, September 2012
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Bernard Membe, February 2012
  • Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof. Makame Mbarawa, September 2011
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, June 2006
  • State Visit of President Benjamin Mkapa, September 2005
  • Official Visit of President Amani Karume, March 2005
  • Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdulkader Shareef, Nordic–Africa Ministerial meeting , Helsinki Process, January 2005
  • Official visit of Regional Commissioners of Mtwara and Lindi, June 2004
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Jakaya Kikwete, Helsinki Process, October 2003
  • Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr. Juma Ngasongwa, Official visit, October 2003

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