Message from the Ambassador
Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Ireland in Tanzania.
The first six months of 2014 has been a busy and intense time for
In June, I presented Credentials to His Excellency Pierre
Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, where the Embassy
of Ireland in Tanzania is also accredited. I met with Kieran
Holmes, outgoing head of the Burundi Tax Revenue Authority, as he
completed a successful four year tenure and called to the staff in
Concern, the only Irish NGO operating in the country.
I also visited Dodoma when the parliament was in session where I
met with the Speaker, Honorable Anna Makinda, the Head of the
Budget Committee, Honorable Andew Chenge, and other government
ministers and officials. Two members of the Budget Committee,
Honorable Hamad Rashid and Festus Limbu, travelled to Ireland to
meet Irish parliamentarians to discuss parliamentary scrutiny and
accountability issues in July.
The Embassy team completed a mid-term review of the Development
Programme. The review recorded much positive progress and
recommended some redesign in the agriculture programme. A summary
of the findings will be available on this website shortly.
The Embassy had the pleasure to welcome colleagues from our
programmes across Africa and from Vietnam for a regional Climate
Change workshop in June. This workshop was focused on how to adapt
strategy to tackle climate change and its impact. This work will
inform Ireland’s policy position on climate change at the UN
Conference later in 2014.
In April, the Embassy and Business Ireland Kenya hosted a meeting
with a focus on immigration and labour issues. A website was
launched to provide information on current Business Ireland Kenya
activities, links to other Business Ireland groups in Southern
Africa and provide current advice on the business environment in
Kenya. This is the last event that the Embassy in Tanzania
will host in Kenya as the Government of Ireland has appointed Dr
Vincent O’Neill as Ambassador-designate of Ireland to Kenya. Plans
are well advanced to open an Embassy in Kenya by mid-October. We
will continue to work closely with the new Embassy, and our
counterparts in Kampala, to promote Irish trade in East Africa.
In the coming period, I am looking forward to engaging with the
Embassy-sponsored Young Scientists Tanzania Competition. The new
Secretary General of the Department, Niall Burgess, will visit in
early September to see the Development Programme and meet key
contacts in government. The Royal College of Surgeons has donated a
Mobile Surgical Skills Unit, which will arrive in Dar es Salaam in
late September. A number of Ireland’s other universities
active in Tanzania will also visit in the coming period, including,
DIT, NUI Maynooth and UCD.
On a lighter note, there are plans afoot to test both the
GAAGo.rte.ie service and Tanzania’s internet capacity to view the
football and hurling in August and September – so stay posted for
further news. The Embassy continues to communicate daily happenings
via our Twitter accounts. Please follow us on @IrlEmbTanzania. You can also follow me directly on
@FGilsenanIRL. From these accounts, regular updates on
Embassy activities and other events of interest will be tweeted. I
look forward to staying in contact.
Ambassador of Ireland
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania