Source: Government Offices of Sweden, Ministry for Foreign Affairs |

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg to visit South Africa on 8–10 March

Topics for discussion during the visit include cooperation in trade and investment, global challenges, the labour market, the environment and climate, energy, research and culture

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will visit South Africa on 8–10 March. Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg and a Swedish business delegation will also take part in the visit. During the visit, Mr Löfven will meet South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa for bilateral talks. Mr Löfven and…

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Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Zimbabwe: African Development Bank Executive Directors conduct consultative mission, tour project sites

The delegation also met officials from various ministries, civil society, private sector and multilateral financial institutions

A seven-member delegation of Executive Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) visited Zimbabwe on a week-long fact-finding mission where they held meetings with a number of officials including President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. The delegation also met officials from various ministries, civil society, private sector and multilateral financial institutions, during…

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Source: Standard Chartered |

Standard Chartered Bank arranges a US$ 1.46 billion financing to fund the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Project

The SGR Rail project will provide a safe and reliable means for efficiently transporting people and cargo to and from the existing Dar es Salaam Port

The Government of Tanzania Ministry of Finance has signed a facility agreement with Standard Chartered (SC.com) Tanzania for a US$ 1.46 billion term loan financing to fund the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project from Dar es Salaam to Makutupora. Running approximately 550 kilometres long, the SGR project…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

More resettlement needed as only 4.5 per cent of global resettlement needs met in 2019

Out of the more than 63,000 refugees resettled last year, the largest number originated from Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Myanmar

Out of 1.4 million refugees estimated to be in urgent need of resettlement worldwide, only 63,696 were resettled through UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, last year. While the number of refugees resettled in 2019 increased modestly by 14 per cent when compared to the previous year, in which 55,680 people…

Source: Embassy of Sweden, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania |

The Swedish Government changes its strategy for development cooperation with Tanzania

The new strategy will provide SEK 3 billion for the five-year period of 2020–2024

The Government has adopted a new five-year strategy for Swedish development cooperation with Tanzania. The new strategy differs from the previous strategy in that it entails reduced support, with reference to the negative democratic developments in the country. The new strategy means that Sweden will strengthen its efforts in prioritised…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Government and donors enable The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist 1.2 million refugees and build local economies in Uganda

The government and donors helped WFP to expand cash-based transfers, reaching 35 percent of all refugees assisted

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) commends the Government of Uganda and all its donors for helping it to contribute to the basic food needs of 1.2 million refugees and their host communities across the country in 2019. Donors and the Government of Uganda supported WFP to meet the…

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: OCHA Sudan |

2020 Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) launched

Families cannot afford a nutritious meal - let alone other essential needs such as medical care, water, and education

The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) partners plan to support 6.1 million of the most vulnerable people in Sudan, which will require US$1.4 billion. Due to the current fragile economy, more people are unable to meet their basic needs, as high inflation continues to erode households’ purchasing power. An average…

Source: British Embassy Mogadishu |

Somalia: international partners welcome agreement between the Federal government and Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a (ASWJ)

The partners believe the agreement is an important step towards establishing a unified and stable administration in Galmudug

Somalia’s international partners welcome the statements by the Federal government of Somalia and the leadership of Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a (ASWJ) issued on 12 December. We appreciate the tireless efforts made by the Federal government of Somalia, ASWJ leadership and other concerned stakeholders to resolve points of difference through dialogue…