Dr. Agnes Kijazi, TMA Director General and Permanent Representative of Tanzania with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Dr. Rob Varley, the UK Met Office Chief Executive Officer and Permanent Representative of UK with WMO signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint project in support of Climate Service Development in Tanzania. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Dr. Ladislaus Chang’a, TMA Director of Research and Applied Meteorology and Ms. Jane Wardley from the UK Met Office.
The Tanzania Meteorological agency (TMA) and the UK Met Office have signed an agreement for a joint project on Climate Service Development in Tanzania. The MoU was signed on the 11th of November, 2014 during the recent session of the Intergovernmental Board for Climate Services (IBCS) held in Geneva Switzerland.
Explaining about the co-operation Dr. Agnes Kijazi said the Tanzania Meteorological Agency requested the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to support TMA on the modernization of climate services in the country and the UK Met Office agreed to assist TMA in that process through WMO. ‘The MoU we have signed today will contribute towards modernization of climate services in the country. The DFID trough the UK Met Office will provide 70,000 Pounds to support capacity building on service delivery and digitization of historical climate data focusing on few stations’ said Dr. Kijazi.
On the other hand, the UK Met Office Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Rob Varley expressed his appreciation for the on-going co-operation between the Tanzania Meteorological Agency and the UK Met Office. Dr. Rob Varley promised to enhance collaboration and support TMA on its endeavor to modernize the climate services in the country.
Issued By : Monica Mutoni Public Relations Officer -TMA