Sunday 28 May 2017
(The Citizen 05/12/17)
Dar es Salaam — President John Magufuli has assured a South African business delegation that is in the country of immense cooperation to explore numerous investment opportunities in the country. He said this when addressing the Tanzania -South Africa business forum on Thursday. Explaining about the opportunities, he said that among many opportunities, the country has 44 million hectors of land and only 10million hectors had been used thereby leaving a lot of land for investment. He further added that the climate was favorable for agriculture and land fertile for all crops. He said that the country requirement for fish was at least 400,000 tons annually but only 30,000 tones were produced. "We invite you to invest in the sector...
(Malawi 24 05/11/17)
Neighbouring nations of Tanzania and Malawi are still fighting over Lake Malawi with leaders from both nations taking conflicting stands on the matter. Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Monday spoke at the opening the 4th ordinary session of Pan-African Parliament in Johannesburg, South Africa where he called for the need for nations to avoid causing rows over borders. This was in reference to the longstanding row over part of the Lake Malawi which Tanzania claims it owns. Mutharika said: “From the 1890 Heligoland Treaty to the 1964 Resolution on Border Disputes among African States by the OAU
(Bloomberg 05/10/17)
Tanzania’s focus on more efficient expenditure, while good in the long run, has slowed expansion in one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies this year, according to the International Monetary Fund. Even as President John Magufuli’s government reduced its recurrent expenditure “very sharply,” affecting large sections of the economy that are traditionally reliant on public spending, it also failed to roll out capital projects fast enough to counter the slowdown, said Bhaswar Mukhopadhyay, the IMF’s country representative. Since assuming office in late 2015, Magufuli has fought to reduce government wastage and inefficiency by firing officials seen as corrupt or ineffective, and demanding greater accountability of state funds in East Africa’s second-biggest economy. “This particular government has also actually made the hard decisions...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/17)
Tanzania's president John Magufuli said his government will enforce a new rule requiring mining firms to list on its bourse by August as part of measures aimed at increasing transparency and spreading wealth from the country's natural resources.Major foreign-owned mining companies in Tanzania that will be affected by the requirement to list on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange include Acacia Mining Plc, AngloGold Ashanti and Petra Diamonds. "By listing these companies on the stock exchange, we will be able to monitor how much (revenue) they actually get," Magufuli said in a television program aired by local stations late on Tuesday.
(Fox News 05/10/17)
After five years of no major attacks on merchant vessels, piracy around the Horn of Africa seemed to be on hiatus. Acts of piracy in those treacherous waters have fallen sharply since 2012, according to statistics released by the United States Navy. The Navy credits aggressive patrolling by international forces and increased vigilance by the commercial shipping industry for the decrease. However, in the past month, Somali pirates have intercepted five ships, raising concerns that piracy has returned to the Indian Ocean, beginning with the kidnapping of a Sri Lankan crew from the Aris 13 oil tanker on March 13th (they were later released without a ransom). Nobody thinks the problem will end until a stable government is restored in...
(AFP (eng) 05/09/17)
Four wild elephants from nearby forests paid an unexpected visit to a university in Tanzania's capital on Tuesday, triggering more entertainment than panic before being chased away by rangers. "When we saw them in the morning, we were initially afraid and informed the university officials," said Jessica Mollel, a student at the University of Dodoma, who said a crowd quickly formed. The students called the police who got in touch with officers from Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA). "Immediately alerted, the police arrived to contain the curious
(Tanzania Daily News 05/09/17)
Trade and investment opportunities as well as regional and international co-operation will feature high on the agenda during visit by South African President Jacob Zuma who is expected in the country tomorrow for a three-day state visit on the invitation of President John Magufuli. Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation, Dr Augustine Mahiga, told a news conference in the city yesterday that the South African leader’s delegation will include six ministers and 80 businesspersons. The visit by President Zuma follows a meeting with Dr Magufuli during the 28th African Union (AU)’s Heads of State meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “President Zuma will arrive in Tanzania on May 10 (Wednesday) evening and he will be received by his host,...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/09/17)
In a move to establish sustainable inclusive economic growth in the country, in his second year in office, President John Pombe Magufuli (JPM) is making great strides in addressing the rising concerns around youth unemployment in Tanzania. Realising that unemployment is a global pandemic, the fifth phase government under his government has opted for the Industrialisation as an agenda with the main aim of creating jobs which will then improve household incomes, and try to lift a substantial portion of the Tanzanians from extreme or moderate poverty. Industrialisation as a theme, also features in the Second Five Year Development Plan that spans from 2016 to 2021. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) World Employment and Social Outlook 2016, it...
(Xinhuanet 05/08/17)
Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan is on Monday expected to lead mourners in public viewing and paying last respects to Arusha school bus accident victims. The mournful event will take place at the Sheikh Amri Abeid stadium at the heart of Arusha city, according to Mrisho Gambo, Arusha Regional Commissioner. He said that the Vice President will be accompanied by ministers, senior government officials and members of Parliament. Gambo said that earlier, the event was planned for Sunday, but it was suspended until Monday to provide room for more people to take part in the event. Severine Lasway, chairman of a school board of directors, told reporters here that death toll for the accident rose to 36 people including...
(APA 05/08/17)
South African president Jacob Zuma is expected in Tanzania Wednesday for a three-day state visit, in response to an invitation by President John Magufuli. Addressing members of the media on Monday in Dar es Salaam, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relationship Dr Augustine Mahiga said the visit aims at cementing bilateral relations, and to explore various development opportunities. President Zuma will be accompanied by six ministers and at least 80 South African businesspeople. "He will be in the country from 10-13 May and, among others, he will have private talk with his host President Magufuli at State House, before signing three contracts on bio diversity, transport and energy," said Dr Mahiga According to Mahiga, trade volume between the two...
(AFP (eng) 05/07/17)
A bus crash in Tanzania that claimed the lives of 32 primary school pupils, two teachers and the driver was likely caused by speeding, police said. "Preliminary investigations show that the accident is due to speeding," regional police chief Charles Mkumbo told the state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation late on Saturday. Some reports said the people on the bus were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The accident happened early on Saturday when the bus went off the road and into the Marera river gorge in Karatu district near the northern city of Arusha where the children were attending Lucky Vincent Primary School.
(Tanzania Daily News 05/05/17)
Arusha — The Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, has said that the government was planning to construct world class roads in all major cities including flyovers. He said that the government will start constructing flyovers in Arusha, as a tourist hub and then proceed to Mwanza and Dar es Salaam. The Premier made the statement while addressing hundreds of residents at Tengeru Township, shortly after inspecting the ongoing road works for the ambitious motorway which forms part of the even larger, Arusha-Moshi- Holili highway. He promised residents of Arusha and Arumeru District that the government will build four flyovers along the 14.1 km stretch making up the four-lane, two-way motorway, linking Sakina section of the city and Tengeru Township in...
(The Citizen 05/05/17)
The United Nations is still silent on the expulsion from Tanzania of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director Awa Dabo. Ms Dabo was deported by the government last month over what the Foreign ministry said was sour relations with her subordinates at the UNDP office in Dar es Salaam. The issue was raised on Tuesday during a daily briefing by UN secretary-general's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, who failed to state the reason behind Ms Dabo's expulsion. It was the third time the issue was raised during the daily
(The Citizen 05/05/17)
Members of Parliament have called on the government not to forget the Community Development Department, which too is very important. The call was made by MPs as they debated the 2017/18 budget estimates for the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children from Wednesday evening to yesterday noting that the department was being overshadowed after it was placed under a vast ministry. Ms Martha Umbula (Special Seats-CCM) advised that the department should be moved from the ministry. "I know President (John) Magufuli is keen on cutting costs. I, therefore, suggest that the department should be merged with another smaller ministry instead of leaving it under the Health docket where it is overshadowed," she suggested. Dr Jasmine Tisekwa (Special...
(The Citizen 05/05/17)
Members of Parliament have called on the government not to forget the Community Development Department, which too is very important. The call was made by MPs as they debated the 2017/18 budget estimates for the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children from Wednesday evening to yesterday noting that the department was being overshadowed after it was placed under a vast ministry. Ms Martha Umbula (Special Seats-CCM) advised that the department should be moved from the ministry. "I know President (John) Magufuli is keen on cutting costs. I, therefore, suggest that the department should be merged with another smaller ministry instead of leaving it under the Health docket where it is overshadowed," she suggested. Dr Jasmine Tisekwa (Special...
(The Citizen 05/05/17)
Employees in insurance and financial services are the best paid in Tanzania, followed by those in the mining and quarrying industry, a new report indicates. On the other hand, the 'Formal Sector Employment and Earnings Survey' findings published by the National Bureau of Statistics, employees in the accommodation and food services industry are the least paid, followed by workers in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry and those employed in the manufacturing industry. "Financial and insurance activities had the largest proportion of employees (27.8 per cent) earning wages above Sh1,500,000 per month followed by mining and quarrying industry (5.9 per cent). On the other hand, nearly six in 10 employees in accommodation and food service activities earned monthly wages of...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/05/17)
Dodoma — Dodoma Airport has opened a 24-hour domestic and international flights operation, just months after embarking on a 12 billion/- renovation plan - putting the capital into new hotspot for the aviation industry. Works, Transport and Communication Minister, Prof Makame Mbarawa announced yesterday shortly after inspecting installation of airfield ground lighting (AGL), commissioned by the Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) and implemented through a Chinese firm - Shanghai Chiko Solar Technology Company Limited. "Effective from now, Dodoma Airport can accommodate flight operations 24/7. The plan is to ensure that it meets international standards and save as immediate national airport in the country's capital," he said. Ten flights, including domestic and international, arrive and depart at the airport daily, thanks to...
(Voice of America 05/05/17)
As Africa grapples with a severe drought, and famine threatens millions of people, experts at the World Economic Forum on Africa this week in the South African city of Durban say food security needs to be a major part of discussions on advancing the continent economically. The annual World Economic Forum in Switzerland is usually a high-powered event, but at this week’s Africa meeting of the international organization, the continent’s big players are welcoming the humble farmer, now known as the “agripreneur.” Agricultural economist Paul Makube, with South Africa’s First National Bank, told VOA it makes sense to talk about farming when discussing building competitive markets, and boosting innovation and technology. “For business to prosper, you need a situation where...
(AFP (eng) 05/04/17)
Tanzania has extradited an indicted drug kingpin accused of overseeing a global heroin and cocaine smuggling network to the United States, the American embassy in Dar es Salaam said. The US government had last year claimed that Ali Khatib Haji Hassan, a Tanzanian national nicknamed "Shkuba," was "a major international drug kingpin." The embassy said late Wednesday the 44-year-old had been extradited on Monday along with two of his associates, Iddy Salehe Mfullu and Tiko Emanual Adam. All three face US federal drug charges in a Texas court. The trio's lawyers protested the extradition as a violation of their rights, saying Tanzanian justice had still to rule on hearing their appeal. Tanzania ordered the extraditions last month after Hassan was...
(Xinhuanet 05/04/17)
Tanzania is determined to transform the northern safari capital of Arusha into Africa's gemstone powerhouse, a senior official said Wednesday. James Mdoe, Tanzania's deputy permanent secretary from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, made the pledge in Arusha during the official opening of a three-day Arusha Gemstones Fair (AGF), which attracted hundreds of gemstone exhibitors from the East, Central and Southern Africa. The official said that Tanzanian government was committed to removing all obstacles that have proven to hinder mineral trade in the country. "Aware of the potential that comes with Tanzanite and other precious gemstones, we will strive in addressing the obstacles so that the country becomes a gemstone powerhouse one day," he said. Mdoe added that the government...

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