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Mr Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania visits UNESCO

Mr Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania visits UNESCO
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On 22 October 2007, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, Mr George Anastassopoulos, President of the General Conference, and Mr Joseph Mboui, Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board, welcomed Mr Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, to UNESCO.

The President was accompanied by Mr Bernard K. Membe, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Prof. Peter M. Msolla, Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Mr Haroun A. Suleiman, Minister for Education and Vocational Training of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, Mr Hassan Omar Gumbo Kibelloh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Republic of Tanzania to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Ambassador Begum K. Taj, Director, Multilateral Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Ambassador Radhia Msuya, Director, Europe and Americas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

President Kikwete addressed the 34th session of UNESCO’s General Conference. In his speech at the plenary, the President notably welcomed UNESCO’s active engagement in the UN reform, particularly in the pilot countries on “Delivering as One”, including Tanzania, He also stressed the critical importance of the Organization’s programmes aimed at assisting developing countries to achieve the Education for All goals. In this regard, he noted with satisfaction UNESCO’s support to his country through the Initiative on Teacher Training in sub-Saharan Africa (TTISSA) for 2006-2015. Furthermore, President Kikwete urged UNESCO to take proactive measures to assist African countries to preserve their cultural and natural sites. He also stressed the importance of the history project to document Africa’s liberation movements.

Speaking to President Kikwete at an ensuing luncheon, Mr Matsuura said that the President’s visit had come at an opportune time when the 34th session the General Conference would be adopting a new Medium-Term strategy for 2008-2013. Welcoming the various suggestions made in the President’s address to the plenary, the Director-General said that UNESCO would spare no effort to deliver in its field of competence, globally, regionally, and most importantly on the country level.

In their bilateral meeting, Mr Matsuura and President Kikwete took stock of the cooperation between UNESCO and Tanzania. They agreed to upscale cooperation in the areas of education, science and technology and culture. Emphasis was placed on teacher training, the expansion of secondary and tertiary education, including the popularization of science education. President Kikwete thanked UNESCO for agreeing to partner with his Government in designing, executing and managing a comprehensive review of Tanzania’s science, technology and innovation system. They also discussed the organization of a regional conference to mark the launch in Africa of the International Year of Planet Earth in 2008.

In conclusion, the Director-General presented to President Kikwete the newly published UNESCO-Tanzania Country Programming: A Strategic approach towards improving delivery, impact and visibility at country level.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N° 149-2007
  • 23-10-2007
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