Wednesday 18 April 2018
(Others 08/08/17)
Rwanda and Tanzania have agreed to strengthen police cooperation and prevent criminal activities that may destabilize both countries. “The need to maintain security and stability in our nations and region calls for more cooperation in order to stay ahead of criminals,” said Rwanda Police boss, IGP Emmanuel Gasana Gasana today received the Tanzania counterpart, IGP Simon Sirro who both stressed that political will in Rwanda and Tanzania has paved way for the cooperation of the two Police institutions. Sirro, commends Rwanda police and the country’s leadership for ensuring safety and successful presidential elections held on August 4th.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(Tanzania Daily News 08/02/17)
The Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) has reduced cap prices for petroleum products for the month of August with the public witnessing continued drop in prices for the months of April, May, July and August. According to a statement released yesterday by EWURA Acting Director General Engineer Godwin Samwel, the prices that shall be applicable effectively today have dropped by 36/- and 44/- per litre of petrol and diesel, respectively. But the retail prices of kerosene have gone up by 24/- per litre due to increase in Bulk Procurement System (BPS) premiums. The average daily consumption now stands at between 100,009 and five million gallons of diesel, petrol and kerosene per day. Effective today, a litre of petrol...
(Tanzania Daily News 08/02/17)
Dar es Salaam — Eight major issues are likely to dominate the ongoing negotiations that seek to resolve a dispute between the government and Barrick Gold. An analysis of the dispute shows that the negotiations between the government - which is represented by a team of experts led by the Constitution and Legal Affairs minister, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi - and Barrick Gold Corporation, will mostly centre around the findings of the two presidential probe committee reports into Acacia's mining activities in the country for the past 17 years. The findings of the two committees, one chaired by Prof Abdulkarim Mruma and another by Prof Nehemiah Osoro, which were released in May and June this year, respectively, indicated that Acacia Mining...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys his beans from Monmouth Coffee Company in Borough Market. "I love it because of the relatively higher acidity level. It keeps me active in the afternoons." Customers willing to pay a premium for African brews, known for their floral, fruity...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/01/17)
The Tanzanian government and Barrick Gold have started talks to resolve a tax dispute involving the Canadian company's subsidiary Acacia Mining, the president's office said on Monday. The government accuses Acacia, which is 63.9 percent owned by Barrick, of evading taxes for years by under-declaring exports and has banned exports of gold and copper concentrates. Acacia denies the accusations, which have pummelled its share price, and said last week it had been hit with a $190 billion tax bill, which is equivalent to four times the East African country's annual gross domestic product. "Talks between a special committee formed by President John Magufuli and representatives
(APA 08/01/17)
Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa has launched a Methadone Clinic at the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital (MZRH) in the Southern Highlands whose full capacity is up to 1,500 clients a day. The Premier launched the clinic on Monday in Mbeya region. “This is the fifth methadone clinic in the country; it is encouraging to see that the Mbeya Zonal Hospital will now, offer services to our youth who are injecting opioid drugs,” he said. He said in a statement that providing Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) or Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) is one of the HIV prevention strategies the government is working on, through the Ministry of Health in its attempts to reduce the risk factors for HIV/AIDS. He said the newly-...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands in 2015. The British broadcaster said the bribery was revealed by a former employee, Paul Hopkins. At the time, BAT said “we do not tolerate corruption in our business, no matter where it takes place.” The SFO investigation adds to...
(The Citizen 07/31/17)
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa insists that Tanzania isn't a route for narcotic drug trade. He revealed this at the Tanzania-Malawi border post at Kasumulu. The Premier, who is on tour of Kyela directed officials at the border post to conduct thoroughly inspection on people living or entering the country. Mr Majaliwa said there are some unscrupulous officials, who have been collaborating with drug dealers. "You should enhance inspections on cars and people, who are entering the country because Tanzania isn't a drug trafficking corridor," said Mr Majaliwa. He also insisted the need for establishment of Bureau de Change in the border post to control, what he termed as illegal exchange of money, which has been denying government revenues," said the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold miner by production, has an "open mind" and is "very positive" about talks getting underway with Tanzania to resolve an export ban, President Kelvin Dushnisky told Reuters on Thursday. Barrick subsidiary Acacia Mining Plc has two mines affected by a ban that Tanzania introduced in March, accounting for some 6 percent of Barrick's 2017 gold production forecast. Barrick maintained its forecast for output of 5.3 million to 5.6 million ounces of gold, but cautioned that could change. "Given that the discussions are just starting now, and just underway, from our perspective it's too early to go to any conclusion," Dushnisky said in an interview. "We just want to see how the discussions continue...
(The East African 07/28/17)
The long-running cross-border trade spat between Kenya and Tanzania has resumed barely four days after the two countries signed a pact removing restrictions that had cost traders billions of shillings by the time it was resolved last Sunday. The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) yesterday said Tanzania had maintained a number of restrictions that existed before the Sunday truce, making it hard for Kenyan products to access its market. Kenya's Foreign Affairs minister, Amina Mohamed, and her Tanzanian counterpart, Augustine Mahinga, announced last Sunday that the two neighbouring states had agreed to end the import restrictions after ironing out long-standing trade differences.
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
People with albinism in rural Tanzania continue to live in fear due to widespread attitudes that lead to violence against them despite attacks against them declining, a UN expert who visited the country said Friday. The UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, said in a statement that more work is needed to address witchcraft and educate the public. "People with albinism continue to live in a very fragile situation, as the root causes of the attacks against them remain rampant, and the effects of over a decade of violations have taken their toll," she said. Albinism is a congenital disorder in human beings characterised by the complete or partial absence of...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15 percent, ending more than 90 years as a major presence in the continent as it shifts its focus back to Britain and the United States. The losses from the sale of unwanted assets including the Africa business showed the costs...
(Business Daily 07/27/17)
The long-running cross-border trade spat between Kenya and Tanzania has resumed barely four days after the two countries signed a pact removing restrictions that had cost traders billions of shillings by the time it was resolved last Sunday. The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) yesterday said Tanzania had maintained a number of restrictions that existed before the Sunday truce, making it hard for Kenyan products to access its market. Kenya’s Foreign Affairs minister, Amina Mohamed, and her Tanzanian counterpart, Augustine Mahinga, announced last Sunday that the two neighbouring states had agreed to end the import restrictions after ironing out long-standing trade differences. Kenya lifted the restrictions it had imposed on Tanzanian wheat flour and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) while Tanzania...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/27/17)
Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold miner by production, reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday as its mining costs fell and said it would begin talks with the Tanzanian government next week about an export ban. Barrick subsidiary Acacia Mining has three mines in Tanzania, which introduced an export ban on concentrates of gold and copper ore in March. Acacia's operations affected by the ban account for about 6 percent of Barrick's 2017 gold production forecast. Even so, Barrick left unchanged its forecast at between 5.3 million and 5.6 million ounces of gold, but it cautioned that this could change. "Barrick continues to monitor the situation and should Acacia revise its full-year outlook Barrick will evaluate the impact to...
(Xinhuanet 07/27/17)
Tanzania has come up with a national land use planning commission to resolve the escalating human-wildlife conflicts, particularly for communities living close to the country's national parks. "We believe that the ongoing human-wildlife conflicts will be resolved after the formation of the commission," said Alan Kijazi, Director General of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) when revealing the new development on Thursday, Kijazi said that the commission will be officially launched next week in the east African nation, which in total has 16 parks. He explained that the human-wildlife conflict is contributed by a number of factors including climate change, whereby wildlife have been getting out of the conservancies into people's homes in search of water and sometimes food. "There are people...
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
In this weeks’s travel segment we head in the direction of Tanzania. According to SafariBookings.com, the largest online marketplace for African safari tours, Tanzania is Africa’s best safari destination. The website conducted an analysis of more than 2,500 expert and safari-goer reviews and declared Tanzania the best safari country in 2017. According to the Tanzania Tourist Board, almost 2 million tourists are expected to visit the country this year. We also take a look at the annual Wildebeest Migration in Kenya and Tanzania. This is one of the remarkable wildlife attractions that makes the two countries one of the best wildlife destinations in the world.
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
At a time when Africa is going through a difficult situation, the blue economy is emerging as a stepping stone to relaunch the continent in the right economic direction. But this type of economy is seriously threatened by “predators” who do not hesitate to plunder resources. The “cancer of illegal fishing” costs Africa about $ 1.6 million annually based on Economic Commission for Africa’s estimates. This and more on this week’s edition segment on Business on the Morning Call with Jean David Mihamle.
(Bloomberg 07/26/17)
Tanzanians are being cheated out of the country’s mineral wealth and should take more control of their natural resources, President John Magufuli said. Investors in Tanzania’s mining industry have “stolen” from the country by failing to provide a fair share of the revenue they generate from gold and other minerals, Magufuli said in a speech in the central region of Singida on Tuesday. “We are surrounded by wealth; we have to stand up and protect it,” he said. “It shouldn’t happen that we have all this wealth, sit on it, while others come and benefit from it by cheating us.”

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