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Norway to receive Tanzanian aid refund. A long-running dispute between Norway and Tanzania over alleged aid embezzlement is about to be settled. Norway has blacklisted Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) from the first ever large-scale pilot project for climate change and reduced deforestation, after an audit last year revealed corrupt public officials had misappropriated money to the value of approximately 193 million kroner over a four-year period. The Tanzanian government has now agreed to refund 2.8 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 12.3 million Norwegian kroner) in the 2010/2010 fiscal year, which it hopes will also improve bilateral relations.

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Norway to receive Tanzanian aid refund

Published on Monday, 28th June, 2010 at 15:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 28th June 2010 at 17:13.

A long-running dispute between Norway and Tanzania over alleged aid embezzlement is about to be settled.

Tanzanian shilling (2000)
Tanzanian shilling (2000)
Photo: Fanny Schertzer/Wikimedia Commons


Norway has blacklisted Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) from the first ever large-scale pilot project for climate change and reduced deforestation, after an audit last year revealed corrupt public officials had misappropriated money to the value of approximately 193 million kroner over a four-year period.

The Tanzanian government has now agreed to refund 2.8 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 12.3 million Norwegian kroner) in the 2010/2010 fiscal year, which it hopes will also improve bilateral relations.

“We shall pay them as soon as our budget is approved by the National Assembly. The vote was also in the general budget that was presented by the Finance and Economy minister Mustafa Mkulo,” Dr Ladislaus Komba, the MNRT’s Permanent Secretary told Dar es Salaam’s The Citizen paper in a recent interview.

However, he went on to say the agreed refund was by no means an admission of corruption by the government.

When asked about the progress of the talks, Morten Heide, the Norwegian Embassy’s advisor in Tanzania, said last week that “there has been an elaborate process to establish the amount of funds, which has not been used in accordance with the agreement. On our side, we are currently awaiting the Government of Tanzania's follow-up and actual return of the funds.”



Published on Monday, 28th June, 2010 at 15:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 28th June 2010 at 17:13.

This post has the following tags: norway, tanzania, shilling, aid, refund, kroner, embezzlement, ministry, natural, resources, tourism, mnrt, finance, economy, ministermustafa, mkulo, ladislaus, komba, secretary, dar-es-salaam.





  
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