City Dispatches: Tabora, Tanzania
Millennium City Tabora, Tanzania, held an investment forum in Dar es Salaam on July 19th to promote awareness of investment opportunities in and around the municipality. The event, which attracted over 140 attendees and featured speakers such as the Vice President of Tanzania, the Regional Commissioner for Tabora, and representatives of the Finnish Government, KPMG and MCI, has already resulted in 30 inquiries about doing business in the area. Tabora Investment Promotion Specialist Mr. Deo Damian Msilu, Senior Researcher/Advisor Dr. Karin Millett, Associate Director for Research Dr. Moumié Maoulidi, Regional Coordinator for East and Southern Africa Ms. Joy Morabu and Targeting Specialist Mr. Rene Samek organized the forum. It represents a milestone in the two-year collaboration between Tabora and the Regional Partnership to Promote Trade and Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa, an initiative funded by the Government of Finland and implemented by MCI. Two more such forums are scheduled for the fall: Mekelle, Ethiopia, will hold their forum on October 3rd in Addis Ababa followed by Kumasi, Ghana, in Accra on October 8th.
City Dispatches: Segou, Mali
After a five years of planning stymied by bureaucratic delays followed by a military coup, separatist rebellion and an existential Islamic threat to Mali’s integrity as a nation, MCI’s effort to establish a safe regional blood-banking model in Segou has finally come to fruition, thanks to MCI partners Physicians for Peace (PfP), the American Red Cross (ARC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Safe Blood for Africa SBFA), the Millennium Villages Project (MVP), l’Hôpital Nianankoro Fomba de Segou and the National Blood-banking Authority of the Mali Ministry of Health.
The Virginia-based NGO PfP spearheaded and saw through the effort, shipping a container of ARC equipment to Mali, which was well-received by the MVP and l’Hôpital Nianankoro Fomba, whose personnel were trained by SBFA specialists, with a second training scheduled for early fall. The official launch of the new bloodbank, in a facility newly renovated by the Government of Japan, took place on Thursday, August 22.