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New top EU diplomat: Josep Borrell pays his first official visit to Berlin

Maas and Borrell discussed what form the next steps towards a political process in Libya could take – and how the EU could continue to be involved

The EU has a new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: Josep Borrell. On 1 December he took up his post as Federica Mogherini’s successor. Today, Foreign Minister Maas met him at Villa Borsig on Lake Tegel on his first official visit to Berlin. Topics on the agenda: Libya,…

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Source: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam |

Investing In The Future

Norway and Tanzania has cooperated in the energy sector since 1970

The Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, Her Excellency Ms. Elisabeth Jacobsen, travelled to Arusha to celebrate Norway’s energy and education cooperation with Arusha Technical College in Kikuletwa. Norway and Tanzania has cooperated in the energy sector since 1970. This year marks 50 years of energy cooperation. Based on a relationship of…

Source: Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in Nordic Countries, Baltic States and Ukraine |

The East African Community (EAC) - Business and Investment Forum – 12-13 March 2020, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Sweden has a strong business sector capable of offering not only financially sustainable solutions, but also capacity building within the area

The EAC-BIF is organised by Embassies from the East African Community (EAC) accredited to the Kingdom of Sweden in partnership with the Swedish-East Africa Chamber of Commerce (SWEACC). The 2020 forum is planned to take place on 12 – 13 March 2020 at SERENA HOTEL in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania…

Source: South African Embassy in Paris, France |

South Africans to pay more for Schengen Visa

South Africans will also be subjected to several changes in terms of visa application procedures, rules and benefits, starting from February 2020

South Africans will as from next month pay a fee of €80 instead of €60 when applying for a Schengen Visa from South Africa. The increase also affects children, who will now have to pay €40 instead of €35, as it is currently. South Africans will also be subjected to…

Source: Germany - Federal Foreign Office |

Foreign Minister Maas before his flight to Algiers and Tunis

In Berlin we succeeded in persuading the crucial players to cease their support for the proxy war in Libya

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today before flying to Algiers and Tunis: "In Berlin we succeeded in persuading the crucial players to cease their support for the proxy war in Libya, thereby removing a significant obstacle on the path towards a political process. Nonetheless, many more obstacles…

Source: Council of the European Union |

Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell on behalf of the EU on South Sudan

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country, closely linked to the conflict and recently aggravated by severe floods, further underlines the urgency of a sustainable peace

1. As per the 100 day extension agreed in November 2019, the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) of South Sudan is due to be formed in late February 2020. It is vital that R-TGoNU is a truly inclusive body, in line with the provisions of the peace agreement.…

Embassy of Finland in Pretoria, South Africa
Source: Embassy of Finland in Pretoria, South Africa |

New Honorary Consul of Finland in Cape Town

Mr Philip Palmgren follows in the footsteps of his late father and becomes a second generation Honorary Consul to serve Finland

We have a new Honorary Consul in Cape Town. Mr Philip Palmgren follows in the footsteps of his late father and becomes a second generation Honorary Consul to serve Finland. Mr Palmgren is the Managing Director of Nordic Paper and Packaging Pty Ltd. The company has been supplying the local…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania |

L. Linkevičius discusses situation in Sahel, ways to step up climate diplomacy in Brussels

In the context of the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Mali and Sahel, the Council discussed the EU’s role as a leading partner in the region

On 20 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, which focused on the situation in Sahel and climate diplomacy. In the context of the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Mali and Sahel, the Council discussed the EU’s role as…

Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) |

International Tourism Growth continues to outpace the Global Economy

Limited data available for Africa (+4%) points to continued strong results in North Africa (+9%) while arrivals in Sub-Saharan Africa grew slower in 2019 (+1.5%)

1.5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded in 2019, globally. A 4% increase on the previous year which is also forecast for 2020, confirming tourism as a leading and resilient economic sector, especially in view of current uncertainties. By the same token, this calls for such growth to be managed…