One of the most popular landmarks in Tanzania, is the ‘Danish Volunteers’ center at Usa-River section of Meru, in Arusha, which was established in 1964.
Of course, the facility was later renamed ‘MS-Training Center for Development Cooperation,’ (MS-TCDC), but its former title has stuck to date.
The popular institution was established by Denmark, being one of the various development oriented projects that the Copenhagen ran jointly with Tanzania.
Arusha, the Tourist Capital in Northern Tanzania, also happens to be Sister City to the similar lettered ‘Aarhus’ City of Denmark.
And now Denmark has started to pack up its diplomatic baggage intending to depart from Tanzania in two years’ time.
Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod, has announced his country’s intention to close its Embassy in Dar-Es-salaam by the year 2024.
According the Ministerial statement, the decision is in line with the revamping of Denmark’s international presence.
The adjustment involves upscaling of some existing diplomatic missions and the closure of others
Tanzania was the first African country with which Denmark initiated a development assistance partnership in 1963. A year after the Danish Parliament passed the first Danish law on international development cooperation and shortly after Tanzanian mainland (then Tanganyika), became independent.
In the last 50 years, Tanzania received more Danish Development Assistance than any other country, amounting to more than 5.2 Trillion (14 billion DKK). Tanzania continued to be one of the main partners for Danish Development Assistance.
Throughout the 50 years of cooperation, the main objective of the Danish development cooperation has been to contribute to Tanzania’s nation-building efforts and to the struggle against poverty.