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Sunday, July 8, 2012

...Final activities at Sabasaba

Mr. Mboyi, Minister Plenipotentiary and Acting Director for the Department of Policy and Planning at the Ministry, having a one-on-one discussion with one of the visitors, explaining about budget process, economic diplomacy and responsibilities for our embassies abroard.  

Mr. Joseph Mwasota from the Department of Policy and Planning at the Ministry, explaining to a visitor about how economic diplomacy works.  

Ms. Tagie Daisy Mwakawago, Communication Officer at the Ministry answers various questions from one of the studious visitors at the Ministry's Exhibition.

Mr. Hassan Abbas, Senior Communication Officer for the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM-Tanzania), providing the Ministry's brochure to one of the visitors during the Ministry's Exhibition Show at Sabasaba's 36th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair.

Ms. Baraba of the Ministry explaining employment qualifications for the Ministry.

Ms. Baraba of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2nd right) and Mr. Abbas of APRM, answering various questions from visitors that include foreign scholarships, employment opportunities at the Ministry and how peer review mechanism works.

Ms. Praxida of APRM explaining the four thematic areas of peer review mechanism.  

Mr. Rodney Thadeus, Protocol and Public Relations Officer of the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) explaining various services provided by AICC to various visitors who visited the Ministry's exhibition.  Our exhibition was visited by all age groups, from young kids, students, working professionals, homemakers and senior citizens.

Ms. Baraba answering few questions from visitors about the process of joining the Centre for Foreign Relations (CFR), and how to become employed at the Ministry.  The CFR is currently accepting application for Diploma and Postgraduate degree, with deadline set for July 28, 2012.

Ms. Tagie Daisy Mwakawago, Communication Officer at the Ministry, answering various questions to some visitors who visited the Ministry's exhibition.

A group photo before saying goodbyes after the Official Closing Ceremony hosted by Hon. Dr. Abdallah Kigoda (MP), Minister for Industry and Trade.  From left is Mr. Rodney Thadeus of AICC, Ms. Tagie Daisy Mwakawago (2nd left), Mr. Hassan Abbas of APRM-Tanzania (3rd left), Mr. Andes Richard (2nd right), and Mr. Itikija Mbarouk of APRM.

Last minute brochure handouts before closing.  From 1st left Mr. Abbas of APRM-Tanzania and Mr. Andes Richard of AICC (orange shirt).

Another group photo

Laughters and goodbyes before closing.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with its institutions - the Centre for Foreign Relations (CFR), the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM-Tanzania) and the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), today finished its exhibition show held from June 28 through July 8, 2012 at Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere (Sabasaba) Fair Ground, Kilwa Road in Dar es Salaam.

Our Ministry was visited by people of all ages that include students, teachers, business owners, homemakers, entrepreneurs and many more.   This exhibition, like others, was yet another opportunity for the Ministry to reach out to the general public and get firsthand opinions on how well informed the public is about its policies; and what opinions, recommendations or questions the general public have about the Ministry. 

Indeed, it was an opportunity to spread public diplomacy; enhancing the Ministry’s image, visibility and objectives by reaching out to people of all ages and nationalities.   For the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), for instance, it was an opportunity to promote business tourism services with goals to enhance national, social and economic development for the country.  On the other hand, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM-Tanzania) educated the public about how the peer review mechanism works in monitoring the progress of governance and good practices in four thematic areas of democracy/political governance, economic governance, corporate governance and socio-economic governance.  Lastly, for the Centre of Foreign Relations, the goal was not only to educate the public about what CFR does, but also to encourage prospective students to apply before the deadline of July 28, 2012 for those interested in taking Diploma or Postgraduate degree.

The Sabasaba exhibition marked the 36th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (36th DITF) where exhibitors uses it as a focal point to showcase their goods, services and ideas to the enthusiastic visitors generated locally and around the world.  The Fair acts as one-stop centre for reaching countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo, and other countries around the world. 
In addition, this year’s DITF concurrently ran with the 1st Brands of China African Showcase (Chinese Commodities Trade Fair) in the same venue, making it the first event of its kind in Africa.  In essence, exhibitions also serve as an exposure to learn from other countries, creating business relations and partnership connection.  

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