A new year opens the doors to new opportunities, new beginnings, and growth. The Tanzanian Diaspora Council sees a positive future ahead, and here we have insights from Tanzanians in Sweden, New Zealand and Norway.
On behalf of the Tanzania Global Diaspora Council (TDC – Global) for which I serve as Financial Secretary, I hereby send a New Year goodwill message to Tanzanians throughout the world. I also wish to use this medium to send special New Year wishes and thanks to our government in Tanzania, under the able leadership of Her Excellency Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan for the hard work they have put in to ensure that Tanzania remains an icon of a country. peaceful and democratic state
For our part, as diasporas, we are happy to say that we have a close working relationship with the government and are patiently awaiting, among other things, the establishment of a special status policy that will open more doors to help Tanzanians in the diaspora and their generations. to contribute smoothly to the development of our homeland. We have high hopes that our government will work on it in the year 2023.
The year 2022 has been difficult, as the whole world is still facing the harsh remnants of the 2020 Covid-19 outbreak, as well as the socio-economic effects of the recent Russo-Ukrainian war. These things have greatly destabilized the world economy and social life, and many countries have been affected.
It is my great hope that the year 2023 will become a good story to tell, for everyone and for our beloved country Tanzania. It remains our commitment at the Tanzania Global Diaspora Council, just as it was at our inception in 2018, to bring Tanzanians living abroad and abroad together and unite our efforts to drive growth and development at home. and help our people.
It is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to wish all my fellow Tanzanians a Happy New Year. As we celebrate the New Year, it is important to reflect on our nation’s socio-economic background and continue to strive for better socio-economic improvements for the benefit of all Tanzanians. In this context, it is worth noting that the enlightened and globally informed leadership of President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been unequivocal in recognizing the potential contributions that the Tanzanian diaspora can make to the socio-economic development of our homeland. As the Tanzanian diaspora lives in different countries and continents, effective diaspora engagement and coordination is imperative.
My experience in New Zealand and elsewhere suggests that continuous improvement at both the individual and organizational levels, including nation states, is essential to promote socio-economic development. The importance of continuous improvement applies equally to Tanzania. The Tanzanian diaspora, drawing on their varied experience and exposure, can share current research knowledge and practice with our homeland, to promote continuous improvement in trade, foreign direct investment, entrepreneurship and new knowledge transfer. and skills. The Chinese diaspora community helped a lot in making China a world-ranking science nation. The Tanzanian diaspora can do something similar. Some examples of possible contributions below, to improve things, are indicative.
Like Tanzania, agriculture and animal husbandry are important to the New Zealand economy. Over the years, New Zealand has used science and technology to improve agricultural and livestock productivity. For example, New Zealand’s dairy industry, with around 5 million cows, contributes around NZ$19 billion to the national economy annually, which is equivalent to around shillings 28 trillion. While there are unique circumstances that may explain some of the differences in dairy productivity, there are knowledge-based indirect factors that can be shared with relevant officials back home. The goal is to improve dairy productivity in Tanzania by taking advantage of current communications technology. Similar improvements can be achieved in trading. I buy cashews from supermarkets in New Zealand that are known to be from Tanzania, but cashews come to New Zealand from other countries, especially Vietnam. It should be possible for our farmers to coordinate to get more value by exporting direct to New Zealand. At present, intermediaries from other countries take a part and reduce the income of our farmers.
In employment, there is demand for employees of all categories in New Zealand and other developed countries. Again, effective diaspora engagement and coordination and harnessing current technology can contribute to improved employment prospects, skill acquisition, and socio-economic improvements for our brothers and sisters back home. If the Chinese, the Indians and increasingly the Kenyans, etc. can benefit from global job markets and educational possibilities, why not more Tanzanians? Let us hope that 2023 will make a difference in realizing the government’s diaspora pledge by granting the long-awaited special status to the Tanzanian diaspora.
I’m Sarah Mwakisu Pettersson and I’m a nursing assistant specializing in the care of the elderly and children with autism and epilepsy, I live and work in Oslo, Norway. Norway is popular for its supply of oil, gas and fish industries. Norway has a high demand for workers in the healthcare sector and there are numerous incentives to encourage young people to work in the sector, including increased pensions.
Living in Norway, I have seen that emphasis is placed on health and well-being and people are encouraged to have regular medical check-ups, and also to be open to the respective needs of children who are unwell. At home, we need more health education and awareness so that people are no longer ashamed of being sick or disabled. Our people with disabilities deserve adequate and dignified attention, like all other people.
The cost of living in Norway is high and the war has caused it to rise even higher. It is possible to get a job in Norway, but there is a lot of scrutiny to check the educational quality or skill level of applicants from other countries. This was made more difficult by numerous applicants in the past who had false educational credentials. However, there are more study opportunities and research scholarships for young people in Tanzania to take advantage of, some of which are fully funded and free of charge.
As a Tanzanian living abroad, I am proud of my roots and find great interest in creating a good learning environment for children. I am grateful that we were able to improve the infrastructure of Majengo Primary School, in Mbeya, specifically through the construction of toilets and classrooms.
I wish my fellow Tanzanians a prosperous New Year. Let’s keep working hard, one day we will achieve our dream. We are good enough and inferior to no one. The change we want is a phenomenon we must believe in before we can make it happen, and it requires a collective effort. Our work towards change is an investment for generations to come.
‘Happy New Year’ – Tanzania