Tuesday 17 October 2017
(The Citizen 09/04/17)
Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan will award five women for their contribution to the country's development during this year's gender festival to be hosted by Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP). Others, who will be honoured for their notable contribution during the festival dubbed "The Transformation of Oppressive Systems for Gender Equality and Sustainable Development" are former Speaker of the National Assembly Anne Makinda, Dr Ester Mwaikambo, the first female in Tanzania to acquire a doctorate degree from University of Dar es Salaam, Ms Getrude Mongella, the first President of Pan African Parliament and Bunda Urban Member of Parliament Ester Bulaya and Fatuma Baraka (Bi Kidude). Speaking to reporters yesterday, TGNP Executive Director Lilian Liundi said TGNP recognised the role the...
(The Citizen 09/04/17)
Dar es Salaam — In order to improve public transport services and to attract many commuters in the city, Usafiri Dar es Salaam Rapid Transport (UDART) will introduce new routes from tomorrow. The new routes are Morocco-Ubungo and Ubungo-Kimara, according to the public relation officer Ms Deus Bugaywa, when contacted by The Citizen by telephone. According to Mr Bugaywa, the changes will include the Monday to Friday routes where the bus with number 007 (route 7) connecting commuters from Kimara to Morocco will now operate from 5 am to 10 pm. Furthermore, the company has introduced new routes in which the bus number 008 (route 8) will now connect passengers from Morocco to Ubungo Bus Terminal. While, the changes will...
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
The worst may be over for Africa’s two largest economies as they likely emerged from a slump in the second quarter. Official data on Tuesday will probably show South Africa’s economy expanded in the three months through June, ending its second recession in less than a decade. Nigeria’s gross domestic product probably grew from a year earlier, and came out of its worst slump in a quarter of a century. South Africa and Nigeria together account for almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and their recoveries may boost trade and production across the region. The reasons differ: while Nigeria, the continent’s biggest oil producer, is benefiting from a rebound in crude output, stronger retail sales may help drive growth in...
(Xinhuanet 08/31/17)
Cooperation between China and Africa has seen remarkable progress in renewable energy, showing the determination of developing countries to harness the huge potential of clean energy and combat climate change. China-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation and Innovation Alliance, a coalition of financing institutions, smart grid providers and core manufacturers, on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation with Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). "Africa has the highest potential for renewable energy, but the least access to it," said Seyni Nafo, chairman of AREI endorsed by the African Union Assembly. The MOU will enable the two parties to cooperate in renewable energy generation in Africa, with Chinese smart grid providers and core renewable energy manufacturers providing technological and financial support...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/17)
Tanzania is set to launch the world’s largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the skies to save the lives of women giving birth and children struck by malaria, in a country larger than Nigeria. California’s Zipline will make 2,000 deliveries a day to more than 1,000 health facilities across the east African country, including blood, vaccines and malaria and AIDS drugs, following the success of a smaller project in nearby Rwanda. “It’s the right move,” Lilian Mvule, 51, said by phone, recalling how her granddaughter died from malaria two years ago. “She needed urgent blood transfusion from a group O, which was not available,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Malaria is...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
One of the world’s poorest regions is making itself more friendly to new products from Novartis AG, Roche Holding AG and other drugmakers by combining the pharmacy regulators of six countries. The East African Community Medicines Registration Harmonization program allows Bayer AG, Merck KGaA, and rivals to speed products to market, while easing patients’ access to new medicines. Drugmakers would like to see the scope of the project, which started in 2012, widened to more countries. Modeled on the European Medicines Agency, the program is designed to slice through red tape in a region of 160 million people grappling with high rates of malaria, HIV, and other infectious diseases. East Africa is often slow to gain the benefit of new...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
One Thousand & One Voices LLC, a private-equity fund started by the great-grandson of the founder of Coors Brewing Co., said it bought a producer of sushi-quality trout that is the largest such facility in Africa. SanLei’s operations are on the Katse Dam in Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South Africa, 1K1V, as the fund is known, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. The company didn’t disclose the value of the transaction. SanLei has secured a marketing and distribution agreement with CGC Japan Co., which has more than 4,000 stores and collective revenue of more than $40.5 billion, making it Japan’s largest joint-procurement supermarket chain, 1K1V said. The fund has been hunting for private-equity investments that tap Africa’s growing consumer...
(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...

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