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Cablegate: Tanzania Fy05 Bfif Project Report

Published: Fri 15 Apr 2005 05:32 AM
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UNCLAS DAR ES SALAAM 000738
SIPDIS
STATE FOR EB/CBA WINSTEAD, EB/EX
NAIROBI FOR FCS
E.O. 12958:N/A
TAGS: BEXP BTIO EINV ETRD TZ
SUBJECT: TANZANIA FY05 BFIF PROJECT REPORT
REF: A) STATE 024823
1. Department approved BFIF funding for post's participation
in the Regional Commercial Training event held in Gabarone
March 30 - 31, 2005 (see reftel A). Post sent commercial
assistant FSN Rose Swai to attend the training. Per reftel,
post submits its report on programmatic outcomes and a
breakdown of actual expenditures.
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Outcomes
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2. Rose Swai is one of two commercial assistants who support
the Econoff in the Embassy's commercial function. Rose's
responsibilities at post include Gold Key Services, all AGOA
issues, and liaison with US agencies such as OPIC and EXIM.
The Regional Commercial Training in Gabarone was an
excellent opportunity for Rose to meet officials in these
areas and to be trained on ways post can better fulfill its
commercial function.
3. During the training, Rose learned about a variety of FCS
strategies that could be employed at a non-FCS post,
including client list management, Gold Key Service,
International Partner Search, and commercial advocacy. The
training also included presentations by EXIM and OPIC
representatives.
4. Rose also met with representatives from the Southern
Africa Global Competitiveness Hub and learned more about how
the Hub can support efforts in Tanzania to take advantage of
AGOA. Her exposure to the Hub should lead to greater
cooperation between the Hub and post's commercial section.
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Accounting
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5. BFIF approved USD 1,780.00 for FSN Commercial Assistant
to travel to Gabarone, Botswana March 29 - April 1, 2005.
Post spent USD 888.83 on airfare and USD 641.00 for per diem
and travel expenses, for a total of USD 1,529.83.
6. Comment: This training helped build the commercial
section's capacity to provide commercial support, an
important mission objective, as outlined in post's MPP.
Post thanks EB/CBA and the BFIF Program for its support in
achieving these important goals. End comment.
STILLMAN
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