The Ambassador’s Word
Mme Malika Berak , French Ambassador in Tanzania
Tanzania and France have still much to learn about each other. Their diplomatic relations have been established since the Declaration of the Independence of Tanganyika in 1961, it is soon going to be 54 years, which is nothing in terms of a nation’s life.
If their links have developed consistency over time and meetings, with the opening notably of the two Alliance Française of Dar es Salaam and that of Arusha as well as the French School (Arthur Rimbaud School which is located at Oysterbay area) there is still room to enrich their mutual knowledge.
It happens sometimes - I had this experience - that you meet French speakers in the streets of Dar es Salaam. On the other hand, the Tanzanian visitors in Paris could be very surprised when they learn that in France their language, Kiswahili, is taught in a French University (The National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations) and is spoken by diplomats in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Quai d’Orsay! It is what a group of Tanzanian journalists who made their first visit to France last autumn discovered.
There is today a reciprocal curiosity between our two countries. We must respond to it, multiplying the opportunities for contacts and exchanges, despite the usual obstacles that we may encounter when bringing together two different cultural worlds. The Embassy of France in Dar es Salaam wants to take up that challenge.
It has initiated the creation of “Le Cercle franco-tanzanien” to be launched on February 20th in Dar es Salaam as well as other events that will take place in the course of the coming three months (see the attached program of activities).
- Program of activities 2015
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Always the success of such actions will depend on the interest shown by our Tanzanian partners and the French residents in Tanzania, company executives and professionals, which are the best vectors of our culture. This success will depend also on ownership of these initiatives by all involved in order to enlarge our “Cercle”.
In the hope that these events will attract your interest, I wish to you all an excellent year 2015.
Mme Malika Berak , French Ambassador in Tanzania.