Ashton Visit May 2010
Ashton visit to East Africa - The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton visited Kenya, Tanzania and the Seychelles on May 18-21 to discuss anti-piracy operations.
In her first visit to Africa, a key strategic partner for the EU, Ashton visited those countries most affected by piracy off the east coast of the continent, near the Somali coastline, and explored with them options for effective and sustainable solutions.
"Piracy is one of the big challenges of our times, both for the region and for the international community," she said adding that it undermined maritime security in the Indian Ocean and stability and development in the region.
"We need to tackle both the root causes and the symptoms of the problem in a comprehensive manner. We want to build a partnership with the countries in the region towards sustainable solutions based on local ownership with international support," she said.
EPA Meeting, Dar es Salaam
EU Trade Commissioner meets East African Community Trade Ministers in Tanzania - The European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht met Trade Ministers from the East African Community (EAC) in Dar es Salaam on 9th June 2010 to discuss the way ahead in Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations. The Ministerial meeting was preceded by a Senior Official negotiation round. The Commission and EAC representatives from Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda appreciated the progress made, especially with regard to Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, Technical Barriers to Trade, and Customs and Trade Facilitation. Both parties are to accelerate and intensify negotiations with a view to conclude a full and comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for mid-November 2010.
EU Week 2010
Tim Clarke holds a copy of EU Plan of Action on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Tanzania (2010 – 2012) which sets out a series of gender mainstreaming and specific actions to be carried out in Tanzania by the European Commission and EU member states in Tanzania from 2010 to 2012.
Dar es Salaam Cycle Caravan 2010: a bicycle and tricycle tour of Dar es Salaam - UWABA Cycling Community organised the 2010 Dar es Salaam Cycle Caravan on Sunday morning 9th May 2010 starting from at Mnazi Mmoja. The event took place as part of Europe week and was sponsored by the European Union in Tanzania. This was the fifth Dar es Salaam cycle caravan which is organised every year since 2006. The 2010 caravan was best ever with more than 400 cyclists, including 100 disabled cyclists taking part in a wonderful celebration of cycling. The guests of honour were Hon Margaret Sitta Minister of Community Development, Gender and Children together with Ambassador Tim Clarke the EU ambassador to Tanzania, and special guests included a Member of Parliament Hon Margreth Mkanga, who is disabled. The theme was "Mobility for All" linked to the 2010 European Year for Combatting Poverty and Social Exclusion. 5 bicycles and 3 cycles for disabled were raffled and presented to participants. A cycle caravan is an event whereby large numbers of cyclists gather together to cycle around prominent areas of the city together. It is not race or sport and speed is not encouraged. All cyclists in Dar es Salaam were invited – young and old, men and women, able-bodied and disabled people and all types of cycles took part including ordinary bicycles, three wheeled cycles (guta) and hand-cycles for people with disabilities.
Albino United crush The Euros - As part of events of EU week in Tanzania for 2010, EU organised a football match between the EU team, `The Euros' and Albino United, formed by albino youngsters in Dar es Salaam.
In the match that kicked off at around 12 o'clock at the Uhuru stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday 8th May, Albino United hammered the EU team 4 – 1.
The Euros, in blue shirts and yellow shorts, showed flashes of football skills - a blend of England, Spain, German and Italian soccer - but were let down by lack of stamina.
Comprised of staff of the EU Delegation in Tanzania and friends from other EU missions in Dar es Salaam, The Euros, could not match the pace of athletic players of Albino United that meet regularly for exercises and soccer matches.
The match was part of events to celebrate the European Week in 2010 that were organised by the EU Delagation in collaboration with missions of EU member states, Tanzania's government and members of civil societies. All these events were under the slogan `Living on the Margins' and in the context of the theme of the year - combating poverty and social exclusion.
The Albino United was formed in Dar es Salaam in 2008 in the wake of a series of cold-blooded murders of albinos in Tanzania and the stigma attached to albinism. Albino youngsters in Dar es Salaam decided to have fun like everybody else, by way of forming a soccer team that comprises more than twenty people with albinism
French Naval Force
French frigate deters pirate attack attempt off Tanzanian coast - A French EU NAVFOR warship has deterred an attack attempt by suspected pirates off the Tanzanian coasts against a merchant vessel bearing Cypriot flag. The Captain of the French naval warship Guillaume Fontarensky said in Dar es Salaam that the incident took place on early Tuesday 25 May 2010 when the EU NAVFOR warship approached the port of Dar es Salaam where she had to make stopover. She received a call for help from a merchant vessel Nord Neptuna about 58 nautical miles (about 107.4 km) in the north of the position of Nivose, which indicated to be attacked by presumed pirates, Fontarensky told reporters. The frigate then immediately sent a helicopter Panther, which deterred the pirates who were trying to boarding into the vessel and the attack was thwarted at 0400H GMT ( 0700 am local time). The pirates moved into Tanzanian territorial waters where the Tanzanian Coast Guard was alerted to continue the pursuit, the French captain added
This year again, the Delegation arranged EU week activities in Zanzibar. The main highlights were a discussion on the theme of `Living on the Margins' and thereafter a special EU Day reception held at garden of Zanzibar House of Wonders. The Zanzibar Chief Minister, Shamsi Vuai Nahodha was the Guest of Honour at the reception.