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New Norges Vel’s Resident Representative in Tanzania

Jose Luis Ramos er ny leder for Norges Vels kontor i Tanzania

- It is stimulating to have the opportunity of developing and strengthening Norges Vel’s work in Tanzania and Uganda. The tasks are challenging, however the target groups potential is enormous, says José Luis Ramos. He is from September 2016 the new Resident Representative responsible for Norges Vel’s country programs in Tanzania and Uganda.

Ramos possess a broad experience from three continents: He was born in Peru and has worked in Costa Rica, Latin America and the Caribbean, Kosovo, Macedonia and Norway. He has several university degrees in cooperatives, sociology and economics.

In Norges Vel, Ramos has also been Chief Financial Officer and project manager for agriculture development projects, cooperative development and social responsibility. In recent years, he was appointed as controller of Norges Vel’s development projects abroad.

In addition to his academic skill, Ramos believes in his main strength to deliver results related to his multicultural background and capability to adapt to new environments. In the same manner he adapted Norway and other countries, he is now in place in Tanzania adapting to a new environment. However, he already has some experience from Africa, in recent years been a project leader for projects in Africa.

Poverty reduction through business development

- I look forward to strengthen Norges Vel’s work to reduce poverty in developing countries. The methods are known for us; business development and creation of income through knowledge sharing, organization development and cooperative initiatives, says Ramos.

Norges Vel is currently supporting a rice project in Tanzania, which aims at increasing income and food security for 4,000 farmers. In Uganda, expertise and support of farmer’s organizations, led to a partnership of local farmers, Norwegian Nortura and Ireland Blyth Limited, and are planning to start the establishment and building of a new abattoir that will help to increase farmers' participation and influence in the value chain.

- We want to explore new opportunities, including the possibility of supporting business development among refugees in the region. Large refugees camps in Tanzania are located along the border with Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, they need support to create income also after they leave the refugee camps and will need own source of income, says Ramos.

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