Dar es Salaam – The United Nations System in Tanzania has for the second time participated in the grand Sabasaba Trade Fair exhibition from the 29th of June to the 8th of July at the Mwalimu JK Nyerere Fair Grounds on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam city.
Sabasaba which literally translated from Kiswahili means “Seven Seven” marks the date on July 7, 1954 when the Tanganyika African National Union-TANU was founded by Julius Kambarage Nyerere- the first president of Tanzania from 1962 to 1985.
Historically, Sabasaba was known as peasants or industry’s day and was traditionally set in 1963 for farmers to showcase their products. However, over the years, Sabasaba has developed to a grand trade fair hosting over 1800 exhibitors from over 15 countries, embassies and international organizations who come to show their products and services.
During this years’ Sabasaba, various UN staff represented their various UN agencies showcasing their work to the visiting public and responding to questions asked by the general public. Publications were shared and videos on UN Tanzania accomplished projects were screened at the stand. Hundreds of visitors including youth, women and the disabled visited the stand.
A majority of the visitors to the UN pavilion expressed interest in learning more about the United Nations work in Tanzania. Youth in particular wanted to know how they could benefit from the UN.
Farmers visiting the stand were particularly happy to receive books from the Food and Agricultural organizations, that explained recommended standards for poultry faming and other farming methods.
Youth were eager to learn about the support for self-employment and training that was being offered by the International Labour Organization. The media continued to learn about the information access from UNIC.
At least seventeen UN agencies and a number of non-Resident agencies operating in Tanzania under the Delivering as One pilot reform had someone to respond to the questions asked on the different days.
Tanzania is among eight other pilot countries in the reform including Rwanda, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Pakistan, Albania, Vietnam and Uruguay and has become the first to start the actual implementation of the Delivering as One though is four year UN Development Assistance Plan-UNDAP.
The UN Sabasaba exhibition was facilitated by the UN Communications Group. In Tanzania, the seventh of July is a public holiday.
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