Wednesday 24 May 2017
(Bloomberg 05/02/17)
Saudi Aramco is seeking to boost its fuel-trading volume by more than a third as the world’s biggest crude exporter expands its capacity to refine oil to grab a bigger share of growing markets in Asia and Africa. Aramco, as Saudi Arabian Oil Co. is known, is building refineries in the kingdom and in Asia to help it increase sales and purchases of gasoline, diesel and other products to more than 2 million barrels a day, said Ibrahim Al-Buainain, chief executive officer of Saudi Aramco’s trading unit, Saudi Aramco Products Trading Co. Owning refineries gives the unit, known as Aramco Trading Co., options for buying and selling fuel that some of its competitors don’t have. “The key is that you...
(The Citizen 04/28/17)
President John Magufuli has instantly sacked 9,932 workers who have been found using fake certificates. Speaking after receiving a report on public servants certificates verification, Dr Magufuli said salaries for the 9,000 plus employees for this month should be withheld. He directed the Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa that posts which were being held by the fake certificates holders should be announced immediately. "They are thieves like any other thieves... you cannot perform if you don't have deserving qualifications," he said. He further ordered that other civil servants whose certificates have been found with discrepancies should be treated legally "so that they could be jailed
(AfricaNews 04/28/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth is showing signs of recovery this year after a tumultuous period in 2016. The World Bank estimates that GDP growth will rise to 2.6 percent in 2017 compared to 1.3 percent last year and rise further to 3.2 percent in 2018 and 3.5 percent a year later. “Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to grow at a moderate rate of 2.6 percent in 2017, and somewhat improve towards three percent in 2018. This timid recovery is certainly better than the 1.6 percent we had in 2016, the lowest in a decade, but it is still below population growth in Africa,” said Albert Zeufack, Africa region chief economist at World Bank. Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to grow at a moderate...
(The Citizen 04/28/17)
Attacks on journalists and state threats to media houses have played a major role is seeing Tanzania significantly drop 12 places in the new press freedom rankings, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said yesterday. According to the 2017 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) report, the other factors that contributed to the drop are the suspension and closures of media outlets, especially during elections. "The climate has not improved since President John Magufuli's election in 2015. Nicknamed the 'Bulldozer', he tolerates no criticism of himself or his programme," says the report. Tanzania recently enacted media laws that were widely condemned by the international community as repressive, and a deliberate effort to silence critical journalists. The Cyber Security Act, the Media Services Act,...
(The Citizen 04/28/17)
The government's decision to allocate Sh900 billion from domestic revenue for the construction of the standard gauge railway (SGR) in the 2017/18 fiscal year has prompted the Opposition to demand an explanation over the fate of loan agreements that the country entered with foreign banks. Tabling his docket's 2017/18 budget proposals yesterday, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa, said the government has allocated Sh900 billion for the SGR project. According to the Prof Mbarawa, all the funds will come from the government and there is no single cent that will come from foreign donors. "To continue with the SGR construction project from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, a sum of Sh900 billion has been allocated for...
(Xinhuanet 04/28/17)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has released fund to support Tanzania's endeavor of carrying out a countrywide food shortage assessment. The assessment will involve data collection from rural farmers so as to establish the amount of food shortage in the east African nation. FAO program officer Silvia Tirweshobwa said on Thursday the program is geared to establish the exact statistics on food shortage, so as to have sustainable planning. Under the program, 336,000 U.S. dollars will be provided for a special pilot project, whereby a number of agricultural officers across Tanzania's eastern region of Morogoro will be trained.
(The Citizen 04/28/17)
The government has admitted that it has no capacity to offer employment opportunities all youth who are graduating from higher learning institutions. The admission was made on Friday morning in the Parliament by deputy minister of State in the Prime Minister's office dealing with Labour, Youth and Employment, Mr Anthony Mavunde, during question and answers session. He was responding a basic question from Special Seat Member of Parliament, Ms Ester Mmasi (CCM), who sought to know why the government shouldn't ban employment for foreigners in order to employ locals, who are graduating from higher learning institutions. The deputy minister advised graduating youth to think of self-employment as a solution instead of looking at government as source of employemnt. By Valentine...
(Voice of America 04/28/17)
A low-cost and widely available drug could save the lives of 1 in 3 mothers who would otherwise bleed to death after childbirth, according to a new study. Severe bleeding, known as postpartum hemorrhage, or PPH, is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide, killing more than 100,000 women every year. Even for mothers who survive, it is a painful and traumatic experience. The world's poorest countries, especially in Africa and India, are the worst hit. Drug from 1960s But there is new hope. In the 1960s, Japanese researchers developed a drug called tranexamic acid, which works by stopping blood clots from breaking down. But they could not persuade doctors to try the drug for treating PPH. The London School...
(Business Day Ghana 04/27/17)
There are currently 960 million mobile subscriptions across Africa – an 80 percent penetration rate among the continent’s population. Internet penetration is at 18 percent with 216 million internet users, according to the latest Jumia mobile trend report for Africa. The 2017 edition of the African Mobile Trends Paper is the third white paper presentation from Jumia delving into mobile trends across Africa and specifically Nigeria. The study takes a look at the how the market has democratised mobile internet use, the consumer behaviours driving increased smartphone adoption and the role of mobile brands, mobile operators and m-commerce in creating a synergy of an enhanced customer experience. This year’s Mobile Africa Study was carried out in 15 African countries which...
(The Citizen 04/26/17)
Tanzania might fail to repay a $1.283 billion loan from Exim Bank of China for constructing the Mtwara-Dar es Salaam Natural Gas Pipeline (MDNGP) if the 2015/16 Controller and Auditor General's report is anything to go by. CAG Mussa Assad warns that the government might fail to repay the loan because the pipeline is massively underutilised. Report the pipeline, which was constructed by China Petroleum and Technology Development Company (CPTDC) transports 46.61 mmscfd equivalent to 6 per cent of the total pipeline capacity amounted to 737.39 mmscfd. The CAG report shows that the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) planned to supply natural gas at a minimum of 80 million metric standard cubic metres per day (mmscfd) and maximum of 138.8...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/26/17)
With six wives, 16 children, 60 grandchildren and 500 acres of land, 80-year-old Tanzanian traditional healer Kuzenza Magoso worries his descendants could start fighting over his estate when he dies. Family land disputes can turn violent in Tanzania, where property is traditionally passed on from one male to another without title deeds or written wills. "To avoid conflict, I thought it was better for each wife to have her own house and property," said Magoso, a tall man with a white beard, wearing a red felt hat and an oversized jacket. "I don't care what people say about me. What's important to me is to make sure I have done the right thing for my family." Magoso's six wives each...
(Xinhuanet 04/26/17)
The Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative is a golden opportunity to bring about regional integration and sustainable economic growth for Africa, said Berhane Gebre-Christos, special envoy of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, on Tuesday. The special envoy made the remarks at the opening of a seminar organized on the B&R Initiative in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Welcoming the initiative, the special envoy said he is looking forward to the expected effects of the initiative. "The B&R is a project that will affect millions of people, and it will be one of the most important issues of the 21st century," he said, adding that the comprehensive approach of China means that the aspirations and development strategies of all countries involved will be...
(AFP (eng) 04/24/17)
A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020. The injectable vaccine RTS,S could provide limited protection against a disease that killed 429,000 people worldwide in 2015, with 92 percent of victims in Africa and two-thirds of them children under five. "The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot will help us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine," said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO's regional director for Africa. The vaccine should be used alongside other preventative measures such as bed nets, insecticides, repellants and anti-malarial drugs, the WHO...
(Bloomberg 04/20/17)
WorldRemit Ltd., a British money-transfer operator, sees revenue from transactions involving Africans doubling by 2020 as more people on the continent access mobile-payment platforms and expatriates send cash home. The seven-year-old company, in which Facebook Inc.-backer Accel Partners LP invested $40 million in 2014, will this year open a regional office in South Africa, its largest market on the continent in terms of money-transfer value, founder and Chief Executive Officer Ismail Ahmed said in an interview. Another site will start operating in Kenya, where the London-based business sees Africa’s highest number of individual transactions. “In the next two years we should be doubling our volume every year,” Ahmed said in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The continent accounted for half the company’s...
(Tanzania Daily News 04/19/17)
Dodoma — Experts will soon be deployed to conduct an in-depth evaluation to determine the main reason for the drying up of most of the country's rivers and lakes. This was revealed here yesterday by the Deputy Minister, Vice-President's Office (Union Affairs and Environment), Luhaga Mpina was responding to legislator Zacharia Isaay (Mbulu Urban - CCM) who wanted to know the government's strategy to safeguard rivers that were drying up due to human activities. Legislator Isaay said small rivers such as Tlawi in Mbulu, Babati and Manyara were drying up due to increased human activities while local councils have no capacity to address the issue, "doesn't the government see the importance of saving these rivers? " Responding, deputy minister Mpina...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security," said Dujarric. It will be the first conference Mahamat will address with the United Nation since he was elected as chairperson of the African Union Commission. Although he had brief talks with Guterres in Addis...
(Bloomberg 04/18/17)
Vodacom Group’s Tanzanian unit is considering asking market regulators to extend the deadline of its initial public offering and allow foreign participation because it’s under-subscribed, the lead adviser said. A request is being considered because uptake of the shares is “still below target,” Fortius Rutabingwa, head of market research at Orbit Securities Ltd., said by phone Thursday from the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Lawmakers on Wednesday asked the regulator to extend the offer, which closes April 19, to allow people more time to buy the shares, MP and opposition leader Zitto Kabwe said by text message.
(AFP (eng) 04/18/17)
The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday forecast 2.6 percent growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year, aided by a modest recovery in large economies South Africa, Nigeria and Angola. "Growth is projected to rise to 2.6 percent in 2017 and 3.5 percent in 2018, largely driven by specific factors in the largest economies, which faced challenging macroeconomic conditions in 2016," the IMF said its latest World Economic Outlook report. A slump in commodity price in 2016 and devastating drought had affected growth in several countries in the region, resulting in 1.4 percent growth of gross domestic product (GDP). Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation and a leading oil producer, was expected to return to growth in 2017 after a challenging 2016...
(Voice of America 04/17/17)
The Italian coast guard says it has rescued nearly 6,000 migrants on the Mediterranean since Friday, underscoring the continued flow of people along this dangerous route. A group of Africans living in Europe visited Cameroon this week to launch a campaign against illegal migration. The group is called “No More Death in the Desert or on the Sea.” Its mission is simple: to educate youth in Africa about the harsh realities of illegal migration. "We want to tell them that all the information people give them before they start their journey are wrong," said Nantcha. The group’s leader Sylvie Nantcha was born in Cameroon. She has lived in the German town of Freiburg for 25 years. She arrived as a...
(AFP (eng) 04/14/17)
Gunmen have ambushed and killed eight police officers in eastern Tanzania, the presidency said Friday, the latest in a string of killings targeting politicians and security officers in the East African nation. "President John Pombe Magufuli is surprised and very sorry to learn of the news of the death of eight police officers killed last night by armed people," Tanzania's presidency said in a statement. The policemen came under attack in their vehicle in the eastern region of Kibiti as they returned from patrol, and their assailants fled into a nearby forest, the statement said. The officers were part of a unit deployed to pacify the region south of Tanzania's largest city Dar Es Salaam. Local authorities say nine officials...

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