The Tanzania Dialogue was held at the Dar es Salaam International Conference Centre on 12-13 October and convened well over a hundred GEF stakeholders from government (national, regional, and district levels), civil society (non-governmental organizations, universities, private sector organizations, and the media), international donor organizations, diplomatic corps, and resource persons from the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The Vice President's Office Permanent Secretary's opening statement and the Deputy Permanent Secretary's closing remarks are available, as are the welcoming remarks for the well-attended project site visit to the Sustainable Energy and Development Centre (SEDC, which has received GEF SGP project support) on 14 October.
The Dialogue Agenda was designed to meet the following objectives:
- Increasing awareness about the GEF and its revised strategies, policies and procedures in the sustainable development context of Tanzania among a broad array of national stakeholders.
- Building capacity of National Governmental and Non-Governmental Partners to fully integrate global environmental concerns and GEF project results into national development by strengthening national ownership, coordination, and communications regarding GEF matters
- Assessing GEF4 activities and effectiveness of national priorities in terms of projects approved/implemented and lessons learned, and providing a platform in anticipation of GEF5