|L-R: Permanent Secretary Dr Servacius Likwelile and State Secretary, Ulrika Modéer signing development cooperation agreement. Photo: Lars Johannson|
Swedish State Secretary for Development Cooperation, Ms Ulrika Modéer, visits Tanzania
The visit included meetings with civil society, media, Tanzanian Ministers, private sector and rural communities. She visited a company providing solar home systems to see the ongoing revolution in rural electrification, partly funded by Sweden, providing clean and affordable energy to rural poor. She also met with customers who has installed solar home systems, thereby saving money on e.g. kerosene. In Nkwenda village, outside of Dodoma, the State Secretary had indepth talks with beneficiaries of the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), also partly funded by Sweden, who described the improved livelihoods they have experienced by participating in the TASAF safety net. The Nkwenda villagers kindly offered Ms Modéer a rooster as a gift of appreciation.
In Dodoma Ulrika Modéer also meet with Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary, Servacious Likwelile, for the singing of the renewed Sweden-Tanzania Development Agreement. She also had good meetings with the Minister of Energy and Minerals, Professor Sospeter Muhongo, with Minister of Union and Environment, Mr January Makamba and with Minister of Education, Ms Joyce Ndalichako. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Augustine Mahiga, was on official duty on Zanzibar but he and the State Secretary nevertheless had a Telephone meeting.
In Dar es Salaam, Ms Ulrika Modéer also met with Swedish-supported Financial Sector
Deepening Trust that works to improve financial services for poor people. Overall, the State Secretary Ulrika Modéer was very pleased with the visit and impressed both by Tanzania’s own development efforts and by the contributions the Swedish Development Cooperation provides in the country.
|L-R: P.S. Dr Likwelile, Maria Van Berlekom, Head of cooperation embassy of Sweden, Swesidh ambassador to Tanzania Katarina Rangnitt and State secretary Ulrika Modéer; Photo: Lars Johannson|