NFP Alumni Event
On 2 June 2016 the Embassy of the Netherlands in Dar es Salaam together with the National Microfinance Bank (NMB) organized a networking event for NFP alumni from finance and business sectors in the NMB headquarters.
On 2 June 2016 the Embassy of the Netherlands in Dar es Salaam together with the National Microfinance Bank (NMB) organized a networking event for NFP alumni from finance and business sectors in the NMB headquarters. This was a first event of its kind, but its success made sure that it should not be the last one.
The purpose of the event was to provide the participants with latest information on the future of the banking and insurance sectors in Tanzania and to offer them an opportunity to meet with potential employers and employees in the finance sector. Also, the event enabled NFP alumni to network with each other and introduce the NFP program to employers in the finance sector. Besides 20 NFP finance and business sector alumni and representatives from 10 employers (such as AfDB, World Bank, Deloitte, KPMG and PWC), also board members of the Netherlands Alumni Association in Tanzania (NAAT) and representatives of media were present.
After a short introduction by the Deputy Head of Mission of the Dutch Embassy, Mrs. Hinke Nauta, the CEO of NMB, Mrs. Ineke Bussemaker and CEO of Sanlam Insurance Mr. Julius Magabe, gave presentations on the upcoming changes for banking and insurance sectors respectively. In her interactive presentation, Mrs. Bussemaker together with the participants sought answers to questions such as: what does the development of Fin-Tech solutions mean for the future of banks? Will Tanzania become (also) a cashless society? This led to interesting discussions followed by Mr. Magabe’s overview of the present state and possible future of the insurance market in Tanzania.
Afterwards the participants were offered a chance to informal networking during a reception. The general response regarding the usefulness of the event was very positive among participants. Especially the alumni were very pleased about the opportunity to meet possible employers, representatives of the embassy and each other. There were even some participants from outside Dar es Salaam who travelled a long distance to attend the event.
NMB was also satisfied with the outcomes and already indicated interest to cooperate with the Embassy in organizing (an)other alumni event(s). In view of the Embassy’s policy priorities it has been decided that the next event will be for the agricultural sector, which will also be supported by NAAT.
Are you also interested in studying in the Netherlands? The current NFP application round is ending on 2 August. For more information visit http://tanzania.nlembassy.org/you-and-netherlands/studying-in-the-netherlands/netherlands-fellowships.html