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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.

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton in a group picture with staff of EU Delegation in Tanzania.The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton (right) talks to the press in Dar es SalaamThe High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton (2nd right) talk to the press in Dar es Salaam. Looking on is Ambassador Tim Clarke, the Head of EU Delegation in Tanzania (2nd left) and Rene van Nes (left) of the EU Delegation in Tanzania.

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.

The EU Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht (centre) addresses the meeting. He was accompanied by the EU's Director of Trade, Peter Thompson (left). Looking on is Ambassador Tim Clarke, the Head of EU Delegation in Tanzania.The EU Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht (right) stresses a point to Tanzania's Minister for Industries, Trade and Marketing, Mary Nagu (centre) and Rene van Nes (left) of the EU Delegation in Tanzania.The EU Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht (right) make a point after Tanzania's Minister for Industries, Trade and Marketing, Mary Nagu (centre) read a joint communiqué of the EC – EU Ministerial meeting on EPA.Karel De Gucht, the EU Trade Commissioner discusses something with Ambassador Tim Clarke in the meeting.Tanzania's Minister for Industries, Trade and Marketing, Mary Nagu reads a joint communiqué after the EC – EAC Ministerial meeting.
A cross-section of East African Community Trade Ministers and other top officials in the meeting.   

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.

Cycling event

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.

The Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children, Margaret Sitta (right) and Ambassador Tim Clarke (centre) on bicycles at Mnazi Mmoja grounds moments before the tour of Dar began.The Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children, Margaret Sitta (right) and Ambassador Tim Clarke (centre) on bicycles at Mnazi Mmoja grounds moments before the tour of Dar began.The Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children, Margaret Sitta (right) and Ambassador Tim Clarke (centre) on bicycles at Mnazi Mmoja grounds moments before the tour of Dar began.The caravan at Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road
Tim Clarke waving to spectators at Selander Bride, along Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road.A disabled woman who also took part in the caravan.Tim Clarke helping one of the disabled cyclists who took part in the caravan.  

Football event

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

The Euros and Albino United Players before the kick off of the match.Tim Clarke tries a vuvuzela, a noise-making trumpet which commonly blown by fans in football matches in South Africa.Tim Clarke greet one of the leaders of Albino United after the match.Tim Clarke greet one of the leaders of Albino United after the match.
Tim Clarke, tired but absolutely happy, leaves the pitch.    

ZBAR event

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

The Captain of the French naval warship Guillaume Fontarensky speaks to the press in Dar es Salaam after his EU NAVFOR warship deterred an attack attempt by suspected pirates off the Tanzanian coasts against a merchant vessel bearing Cypriot flag in May 2010. With him are French Ambassador to Tanzania Jacques Champagne de Labriolle (centre) and the Head of EU Delegation to Tanzania, Ambassador Tim Clarke (2nd left).The Captain of the French naval warship Guillaume Fontarensky speaks to the press in Dar es Salaam after his EU NAVFOR warship deterred an attack attempt by suspected pirates off the Tanzanian coasts against a merchant vessel bearing Cypriot flag in May 2010. With him are French Ambassador to Tanzania, Jacques Champagne de Labriolle (centre) and the Head of EU Delegation to Tanzania, Ambassador Tim ClarkeThe Captain of the French naval warship Guillaume Fontarensky speaks to the press in Dar es Salaam after his EU NAVFOR warship deterred an attack attempt by suspected pirates off the Tanzanian coasts against a merchant vessel bearing Cypriot flag in May 2010. With him are French Ambassador to Tanzania, Jacques Champagne de Labriolle (centre) and the Head of EU Delegation to Tanzania, Ambassador Tim Clarke.The Head of EU Delegation to Tanzania, Ambassador Tim Clarke speaks to the press in a media briefing after the EU NAVFOR warship deterred an attack attempt by suspected pirates off the Tanzanian coasts against a merchant vessel bearing Cypriot flag in May 2010. The Captain of the French naval warship Guillaume Fontarensky (right), looks on as well as French Ambassador to Tanzania, Jacques Champagne de Labriolle (second right) and Rene Van Nes of the EU Delegation in Tanzania (left).

Others

Ambassador Tim Clarke, Head of the EU Delegation and German Ambassador Guido Herz exchange documents after signing of a Memorandum of Understand to authorise Germany Embassy engage strategically on health policy related matters on behalf of the Commission. The MoU is in line with the EU Code of Conduct on Complementarities and Division of Labour in Development Policy and the subsequent Division of Labour agreements in Tanzania, where Germany, an active partner in the health sector will represent the European which is no longer active in the sectorA Mobile Diagnostic laboratory, a unique EU funded initiative to support local health facilities and strengthen early active TB detection and HIV diagnosis in Mbeya Region in southern TanzaniaHead of EU Delegation in Tanzania, Ambassador Tim ClarkeAmbassador Tim Clarke and the Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Mustafa Mkulo hold a portrait of a Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) old building which was renovated under the EU support in efforts towards making TRA more modern and efficient organisationTanzania's Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda (centre) speaks to the Minister for Communications, Science and Technology, Prof. Peter Msola (left) and officials of Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT). The Premier inaugurated a modern soil and plant analysis laboratory at Ngwazi Tea Reasearch Station in Mufindi, Iringa Region in 2009. The laboratory was constructed and fitted with state of the art equipment by EU in efforts to boost production of tea, one of the five leading export crops of Tanzania.
Villagers of Chinangali B Village in Chamwino Ward of Tanzania's central region of Dodoma pose in front of a water tank of a water facility project funded by EU at the village.At last water is flowing! Villagers of Chinangali B Village drawing water from a water facility project in their Village.
Ambassador Clarke and Tanzania's Minister for Health and Social Welfare, David Mwakyusa (left) and government officials admire one of six vehicles donated by EU and WHO to Tanzania to improve maternal and newborn health service in rural communities. The EU and WHO donated six ambulances and radio communication equipment in September 2008 as part of phase one of a partnership between Ministry of Health, WHO and the EC which is being implemented in four regions of Tanzania Mainland namely Coast, Lindi, Mbeya and Rukwa and in Zanzibar

ZBAR

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.

Ambassador Clarke introduces the Zanzibar Chief Minister, Shamsi Vuai Nahodha to his wife, Mrs Anne Clarke.Bi Kidude, the undisputed queen of Taarab, perfoms with the Zanzibar's Tausi Taarab Women Group.The British High Commissioner to Tanzania, Diane Corner (right) greets Bi Kidude