Wednesday 20 September 2017
(Xinhuanet 08/29/17)
Rwandan and Tanzanian traders under their respective private sector bodies on Monday expressed concerns over barriers to free trade in both countries in Rwanda's capital city Kigali. The requirement of work permits for clearing and forwarding agents was a bottleneck to set up offices in Tanzania's capital Dar es Salaam, said Rwandans working in Tanzania at a business forum that brought together 15-member delegation from the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) and their Rwandan counterparts. Other bottlenecks include denial of Rwandan trucks from transporting agriculture products from Tanzania and less migration working hours, they said. The meeting was convened to identify policy and regulatory restrictions limiting free
(Al-Monitor 08/29/17)
With the objective of advancing his country's interests in the African continent, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi paid visits to Tanzania, Rwanda, Chad and Gabon on Aug. 14-17. The agenda included issues related to Egyptian national security, most prominently the Nile water dossier, and the military and technical support in countering terrorism in West Africa. Sisi's visits carried messages from the Egyptian political administration, most notably among them that Egypt intends to provide Chad and Gabon with immeasurable military and security support, in terms of capacity building and export of military equipment. This is in addition to Egypt’s desire to address the water issue indirectly by prompting the upstream countries to resort to other energy sources, such as wind energy...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy, Spain, Chad, Niger and Libya, French President Emmanuel Macron said it was time for greater coordination. “We must all act together - from the source countries to Europe and passing by the transit countries, especially Libya - to be efficient,”...
(The Associated Press 08/28/17)
The United Nations World Food Program says it has reduced food rations for 320,000 refugees living in northwest Tanzania as a result of funding shortfalls. WFP said in a statement Sunday that it urgently requires $23.6 million to meet the food and nutritional needs of refugees through December. The affected refugees are primarily from Burundi and Congo. Michael Dunford, the WHO representative in Tanzania, said "further ration cuts will be necessary" if donors do not respond immediately. WFP says rations were reduced for the August distribution, reaching only 62 percent of the recommended daily intake of 2,100 kilocalories. The U.N. has also been urging the international community to donate toward supporting
(Xinhuanet 08/28/17)
More than 1 million Tanzanians will be employed by 25 formerly dormant industries to be reclaimed by by the government after their revival, an official said on Saturday. The revival of the industries that were reclaimed after investors failed to develop them for over 20 years will be jointly funded by the country's social security funds, said Meshack Bandawe, secretary of the Tanzania Social Security Association (TSSA). Bandawe said TSSA will team up with the National Health Insurance Fund, the Parastatal Pensions Fund, the National Social Security Fund , the Workers Compensation Fund and the Zanzibar Social Security Fund to invest in the reclaimed industries. "The funds will be mandated to revive some of the dormant industries and construct new...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/17)
Two people, including a primary school pupil, were killed in a village in Tanzania's southern region of Lindi, a local leader said on Sunday. Hamis Kalembo, Mkoka ward councilor, said the victims were attacked by the jumbos on Saturday afternoon as they were searching for lost goats in dense bush of Likwera village, where elephants have been roaming about for over a week. "After having found themselves in danger, each of them started running to safety and one of the two children ran in one direction where one of them fell to the ground," said Kalembo. However, the marauding elephants did not attack the boy that fell to the ground and instead kept chasing after the other boy that was...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take the initiative on managing the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, mainly into Italy. He proposed hotspots in Africa to handle asylum requests. The viability of such centers was questioned by European and African allies and on Monday...
(Xinhuanet 08/25/17)
Tanzania's Minister for Home Affairs, Mwigulu Nchemba, on Thursday demanded the UN refugees agency to start repatriating over 8,000 Burundian refugees who have volunteered to go back home within seven days. Speaking at Nduta refugee camp in the east African nation's western region of Kigoma, Nchemba said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should immediately start organizing logistics for the safe return of the refugees. "Failure to repatriate the refugees, I will consult with the Minister for Defence to release military trucks that will ferry the refugees to Burundi," said Nchemba. He said since the refugees volunteered to return to Burundi last month, nothing was moving ahead. Late last month, more than 5,000 Burundian refugees staying in camps...
(Standard Digital 08/25/17)
Tanzania and Kenya have ended a two-month diplomatic row that led to import bans of some products and resulted in heavy financial losses for businesses from either side. The cessation of hostilities came after President Uhuru Kenyatta and Tanzania's John Magufuli stepped in to end what was fast degenerating into a full-blown diplomatic crisis between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Following the deal, Tanzania has re-opened its borders to Kenyan products, including unprocessed foods, milk products and cigarettes, ending a standoff that saw exporters from both countries suffer financial setbacks. In reciprocation, Kenya has allowed Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) from Tanzania back into the country, a month after imposing a ban citing safety and security risks. Kenya has also lifted...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/25/17)
A Tanzanian court on Thursday began hearing a case against two co-founders of a whistleblower website who are charged with obstructing justice by refusing to reveal the identities of users who post details of suspected corrupt officials. Prosecutors charged Micke William and Maxence Melo Mubyazi, owners of the Jamiiforums site, under the Cybercrimes Act. Several people have been charged under the law, which came into effect in 2015, and it is viewed by rights groups and the opposition as part of efforts by President John Magufuli’s government to limit liberties such as freedom of expression. If convicted, William, 27, and Mubyazi, 40, could face a fine of up to 3 million shillings ($1,300) or a jail term of at least...
(The Guardian 08/25/17)
Government officials and fellow conservationists paid tribute to Wayne Lotter at a special memorial yesterday. Hundreds of people gathered at Baobab Village in Dar es Salaam to pay tribute to Wayne Lotter on Tuesday evening, as tributes continued to come in from around the world. Lotter, 51, was shot and killed last week while travelling in a taxi from the airport to his hotel on Dar es Salaam’s Msasani Peninsula. Lotter, who co-founded PAMS Foundation, a conservation nonprofit, was responsible for supporting anti-poaching efforts that had led to the arrests of more than 2000 ivory poachers and traffickers, and had taken down several key poaching syndicates in the country. He had received numerous death threats since starting the organization in...
(AFP (eng) 08/24/17)
Tanzania's main human rights group on Thursday criticised the government for its "harassment" of opposition lawmakers, three of whom have been arrested over the past week. In a statement, the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) said the string of arrests amounted to a "violation of political and civic rights" in a country where multi-party politics is enshrined in the constitution. On Tuesday, opposition MP Tundu Lissu was arrested for allegedly insulting President John Magufuli after revealing that Canada had seized a commercial aircraft purchased by the government over an unpaid $38-million (32-million-euro) debt to a Canadian engineering company. It is the sixth time Lissu, a lawyer and deputy head of the main opposition Chadema party, has been arrested this...
(Bloomberg 08/24/17)
Every African nation that’s sold dollar debt now has at least one junk rating, but it would be hard to tell by looking at the bond market. The average yield on sovereign Eurobonds in Africa has hovered near the lowest level in two years this month, according to a Standard Bank Group Ltd. index, even after Moody’s Investors Service cut Namibia to below investment grade on Aug. 11. The world’s biggest producer of marine diamonds had been the continent’s only dollar-bond issuer without a junk rating. A low interest rate environment in the developed world has encouraged investors to look past the problems plaguing African economies, including low commodity prices, dollar shortages in some of them and rising political tension...
(AFP (eng) 08/23/17)
A Tanzanian opposition MP has been arrested for insulting the president, his party said Wednesday, after revealing an aeroplane bought for the national carrier was being held in Canada over unpaid debts. It is the sixth time this year the opposition's deputy leader, Tundu Lissu, has been arrested. Last week Lissu said a Bombardier Q400, bought by the government for use by Air Tanzania, had been seized by Canadian authorities over an unpaid debt of $38 million (32 million euros) owed to a Canadian engineering company since 2010. Lissu was arrested on Tuesday and is to be prosecuted for "insulting the head of state and for seditious remarks in connection with the seizure" of the plane, said Tumaini Makene, a...
(Cnbc Africa 08/23/17)
Bill Gates announced a $15 million investment to help digitise Tanzania’s health information systems and improve health data in the country. Gates congratulated members of the government of Tanzania on leading a drive to incorporate digital health and data into their policy framework. Philanthropist Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, visited Tanzania earlier this month, to learn more about the country’s development priorities. The foundation believes that the effective use of data is a fundamental building block in creating robust health systems. Bill met with the foundation’s key partners in Tanzania, including government officials (among others, the Tanzanian President John Magufuli), health care workers and development executives, to understand how the country is increasing the use of...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/23/17)
A Tanzanian court has charged 32 people with murder after five women suspected of witchcraft were beaten to death, and their corpses burned, in a move which could help to deter such killings. It is the first time a mob has been charged with witch killings, said Athanasia Soka, chairwoman of the Tanzania Women Lawyers Association, although hundreds of suspected witches are murdered in the east African country each year. The suspects, among them the leader of a local militia, are accused of killing the women in Tanzania's western Tabora region on July 25, state attorney Melito Ukongoji told a magistrates court on Monday. "I am happy to see that authorities are taking appropriate actions to prevent violent crimes against...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50 countries. China has pledged that it would, in three years, train 200,000 technicians and provide 40,000 training opportunities in China, and will offer 30,000 government scholarships, he said. Stating that 1,100 Ethiopian candidates are invited this year to attend short-term...
(Xinhuanet 08/22/17)
African officials on Monday called for urgent infrastructural development and regional integration to boost the continent's economy. At the Infrastructure Africa 2017 in Johannesburg, Zambian Minister of Finance Felix Mutati encouraged Africans to speedily address infrastructural deficit. "We have to inject some sense of urgency in ourselves. If we remain captured by business as usual, we are headed for disaster," said Mutati at the opening ceremony of the two-day event. "Competitiveness in Africa is being constrained by infrastructure deficit. We need about 93 billion U.S. dollars every year to address the infrastructure gap in the continent. We need to urgently implement projects," he said. Mutati said Africa has to narrow focus to innovative financing and design, better use of existing...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/17)
When a group of elderly Tanzanian women asked Martha Daud to start circumcising girls 30 years ago, she was honored as it meant she would earn money, status and choice cuts of meat. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was a rite of passage Daud had watched numerous girls undergo and the community valued the old women who wielded the razor blades, especially those who didn't kill too many girls. "I was selected by the older women to do it because I was seen as being bold," the 59-year-old grandmother told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, recalling her initiation into the illegal trade in Tanzania's northern Kilimanjaro region. "When I cut a girl I would receive (money)... and be given a tail of...
(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
GreenWish Partners, a renewable energy company run by a former Morgan Stanley executive, is planning to invest $800 million on solar-powered telecommunications towers across Africa. The project could fuel economic growth by providing power for essential services. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest rates of energy access in the world and is home to about half of the world’s 1.2 billion people without reliable electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. The problem extends to businesses as well as households, cutting into productivity and growth. “We reduce the total cost of power by 30 percent,” said Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian, the founder and chief executive officer of GreenWish, who was formerly a managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. “Smaller towers can run...

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