We are proud to announce the launch of a new logo for UONGOZI Institute as part of the evolution of our organisation’s brand.
In 2016, UONGOZI Institute hit some exciting milestones. This year not only marks five years of operations, but also marks the beginning of a new Strategic Plan. This presented a good opportunity for the Institute to evaluate our brand, including the logo, to ensure that it appropriately reflects who we are and where we are going.
A new logo for UONGOZI Institute was therefore developed. The three dots in the new logo visually depict our three
pillars; Leadership, Sustainable Development and Africa. These pillars are further reinforced in the logo colours, with blue representing ‘leadership’, green representing ‘sustainable development’; and the triangular shape of the dots deliberately following the angles of the map of Africa.
The task in the upcoming months will be to update all our communication materials, signage, digital platforms, etc., with the new logo. This will begin with a new website which will be launched on Monday, 28 November, 2016. Changing a logo is a process that involves many steps and takes some time, so we will finalize it gradually. We appreciate your patience throughout this transition from the old logo to the new one.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism Prof. Jumanne Maghembe has called upon local and international investors to invest more into the Tanzania plantation forestry sector, noting that thousands of hectors of land are yet to be harnessed for forest plantation.
Minister Maghembe made these remarks during the opening of a two-day Tanzania Plantation Investment Forestry Conference which took place in Dar es Salaam from the 15th to 16thNovember.
Organized as a collaboration between UONGOZI Institute, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, FINNFUND and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland, the conference aimed to introduce the development of the plantation forestry sector, promote an enabling environment and increase investments, by creating a platform where participants can begin to address the challenges facing the industry.
In his address, Minister Maghembe said that Tanzania has about 643,000 hecters of forest plantation area under government, private sector as well as medium and small sized farmers.
“Yet the plantation area is not at all enough to satisfy the rapidly increasing demand for sawn timber, wooden panels, paper and cardboard products for the next 10 to 15 years. We therefore welcome companies from in and out of Tanzania to invest in this opportunity,” he said.
According to Minister Maghembe, the combined annual value of forest goods and services is estimated at 2.2 billion US dollars (over 4.4 trillion Tanzanian shillings) which is equivalent to 20.1 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“The sector’s contribution to the economy is increasing at a fast rate owing to increasing demand for forest goods and services, macroeconomic changes and globalization, the sectors is estimated to provide about three million jobs,” said the Minister.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland Hon. Kai Mykkänen said that the cooperation between Tanzania and Finland has lasted for more than 40 years, but during the years it has shifted emphasis towards supporting private sector and value chains, both in plantation forestry and natural forest management and utilization.
He said that Finland’s biggest programme, the Private Forestry Programme, has a total budget of EUR 20 million in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, indicating that the programme has a key role of providing the following:
“Firstly, we are developing enabling environment for private forestry. This concerns land availability and security, licensing, pricing and especially wood supply and security to the private sector,” said Hon. Kai Mykkänen.
He continued, “Secondly, we are supporting small-holder tree growers. During the first two years nearly 30 Tree Growers’ Associations have been established involving over 2100 tree growers, men and women. The programme emphasizes women’s participation on forestry activities and entrepreneurship.
He added, “Thirdly, we are supporting wood supply for industry and value chain development. 3400 hectares of new plantations have been established.”
According to the Chief Executive Officer of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja, the forestry conference is a continuation in the series of forestry events that started in November 2015 in Helsinki, with the FINNFUND seminar on the role of private sector investments and sustainable forestry in Africa. The conference drew around 200 participants from 16 different countries in and out of Africa.