Strengthening ties with a major JGI partner
The Jane Goodall Institute's recent dinner in honor of Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete provided an opportunity for governmental representatives, policymakers, NGOs and others to discuss the economic and environmental future of Tanzania. A significant part of JGI's community-centered conservation efforts takes place in western Tanzania, where we also continue the groundbreaking chimpanzee research Jane Goodall began in 1960.
The event took place in New York City at the home of JGI board member Connie Steensma and Richard Prins. The evening marked JGI's second forum with the Tanzanian government. Last September in Washington, DC, JGI and the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted an eco-tourism roundtable, which Madame Salma Kikwete attended.
In his first two years in office, President Kikwete has made the government more effective and responsive to the needs of Tanzanians, undertaken major reforms in trade policy, and significantly increased funding for primary school education. The World Bank rated Tanzania one of the top ten environments to do business with and invest in for 2007.