Friday 21 July 2017
(Tanzania Daily News 05/17/13)
Tanzania is expected to achieve micro-economic stability in a few months to come as the inflation rate keeps on declining. "The inflation rate is now coming down...the decline shows that interest rates are going to come down systematically, which means there will be more stability in economy," Phumelele Mbiyo, Regional Head- Macroeconomic Research, Stanbic Bank Tanzania said during an economic forum organized by the bank. He said that micro economies are the fuels of growth in emerging economies. Therefore Tanzania is assured of sustainable growth more than ever before. Mr. Mbiyo said that, over the course of this year, there is the possibility for the inflation rate to depreciate more due to the fact that food production is going up,...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/17/13)
TANZANIA is still considered to be weak in the governance of its mining sector despite commendable improvements so far made, a new study indicates. The Resource Governance Index for 2013 prepared by Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) shows that Tanzania has performed well in safeguards and quality control due to conflict of interest disclosure requirement and satisfactory checks on the budgetary process. "Tanzania has performed well but it was not the best score. The general conclusion is that the country is still weak in governance of the mining sector," said the Senior Regional Associate of RWI, Mr Silas Olan'g, at the launching of the index in Dar es Salaam. Under the safeguard and control pillar, Tanzania scored high especially with the...
(Ipp media 05/17/13)
Members of the public are given very limited opportunity to scrutinise the country’s mineral industry despite the introduction of new audit mechanisms. According to the 2013 Resource Governance Index report by the Revenue Watch Institute released in Dar es Salaam yesterday despite the new audit requirements and policies aimed at reducing corruption, the government does not often publish mining contracts or disclose full revenue and production data gains from the sector for public consumption. Revenue Watch Institute’s Senior Regional Associate for Africa, Silas Olan’g, said the revenue watch’s index measures the quality of governance in the oil, gas and mining sector in 58 countries worldwide. Olan’g said: “Tanzania’s ‘weak’ score is partly due to insufficient reporting requirements and lack of...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/17/13)
A LONG time struggle to transform agriculture is bearing fruit, giving hope for a brighter future. That was the implication in President Jakaya Kikwete's move when launching an agricultural research facility built by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). "Overcoming the many challenges facing African agriculture is a gigantic task that requires addressing many issues including developing adequate capacities for research in order to develop high yielding and disease-resistant seeds," said president Kikwete. The president added: "In 2006, the government of Tanzania developed a comprehensive 14-year Agricultural Sector Development Programme to overcome the challenges. The purpose is to increase agricultural productivity through more application of modern science and technology." He added that the government has given more attention to research...
(Business Daily 05/16/13)
Tanzania plans to offer seven deep offshore blocks and one onshore block in October for oil and gas exploration, state-run Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) said, in a region that has become a hotbed for gas discoveries. TPDC said in an undated notice on its website that the round was a revival of an auction that was slated for September 2012 but then postponed as Tanzania formulated a new oil and gas policy. Gas strikes off East Africa's seaboard have led to predictions the region could become the world's third-largest exporter of natural gas. Tanzania, East Africa's second-biggest economy, estimates it holds over 33 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of recoverable natural gas reserves. London-listed BG Group and its partner Ophir...
(24 Tanzania 05/16/13)
Coffee exports by the Kagera Cooperative Union (KCU) during the 2012/2013 fiscal year, fetched 12.24bn/-, the Union’s chairman, Mr John Binunshu, has disclosed. The union exported a total of 3,839 tonnes of clean coffee during the period. Mr Binunshu has also announced new prices to be paid to coffee farmers in the region during 2013/2014 crop buying season. He said a kilogramme of both Robusta and Arabica cherry would fetch 1,000/- , a kilogramme of clean Arabica would be bought at 2,100/- while a kilogramme of clean robusta would be 1,900/-. He said a kilogramme of organic Arabica would fetch 3,000/-, while organic Robusta is 2,800/-. He said that during 2012/2013 season KCU targeted to collect 15,000 tonnes of cherry...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/16/13)
EXPERTS are more optimistic on Tanzania's projected economic growth which is above the regional average, but say the government needs to focus on agricultural and energy sectors. They said Tanzania had registered robust economic performance, but the growth was not broad-based because of low contribution of the agricultural sector that employs about 78 per cent of the population. "We need to focus more on the agricultural and energy sectors. If these two perform well we will have higher growth with desirable effects to many people," the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) Director of Economic Research and Policy, Dr Joseph Masawe, told the 'Daily News' in an interview. Tanzania is among five fastest growing economies in the sub-Saharan Africa with its growth...
(24 Tanzania 05/16/13)
The Dar es Salaam City Council authorities have been asked to solve the problem of children living in difficult conditions who sleep on street pavements, scavange and feed from garbage dumps.The Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children, Ms Sophia Simba, urged the city fathers to look for the lasting solution to the problem, especially helping them to rejoin their families. Ms Simba said poverty and high birth rates were among key factors behind the ever rising army of the so-called street children in most urban centres. “As the government we intend to return all the street children in the city to their families as some of them are in the streets because they are simply misguided,” she said. “We...
(Ipp media 05/16/13)
The Health and Social Welfare ministry and Medical Stores Department (MSD) have said the government is yet to receive Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccines for children, attributing the delay to transport hitches. Health and Social Welfare deputy minister Dr Seif Rashid had told The Guardian on Monday that the consignment was to arrive in the country yesterday but when contacted yesterday he said the vaccine was yet to arrive in the country. “We have only received pneumococcal vaccine for pneumonia but the BCG vaccine will arrive in the country anytime from tomorrow (today). He explained that the pneumonia vaccine did not come accidentally but was among the list of vaccines which were ordered by the ministry. MSD Acting Director General Cosmas...
(National Mirror Online 05/16/13)
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has travelled to Tanzania with a mission of introducing to the East African country and others Nigeria’s innovation in cassava bread baking. Obasanjo, a goodwill ambassador for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), took the bread to Tanzania where he publicly munched it with the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Mrisho Jakaya Kikwete. Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa also ate the bread for the first time. The leaders supported the innovation, noting that it would bring several benefits to the continent. The 40 per cent cassava bread was first developed by IITA in Nigeria as part of efforts to boost the utilization of cassava and create market for farmers. President Kikwete after inaugurating...
(Ipp media 05/16/13)
The judiciary has a shortage of 1,600 primary and district court magistrates, the National Assembly was told yesterday. Justice and Constitutional Affairs Deputy minister Angela Kairuki said the government was aware of the problem and that is why from last year it came up with a programme to hire 300 magistrates yearly. “This trend will continue this year as well, whereas we have also planned to hire 300 magistrates and assign them to work stations across the country,” she said. She disclosed this when responding to a supplementary question raised by Rita Kabati (Special Seats, CCM) who wanted to know what the government will do to address the shortage of magistrates in Iringa. Responding to Victor Kilasile Mwambalaswa (Lupa) who...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/15/13)
THE government has maintained its position that mining firms should pay 30 per cent corporate tax in line with the law, despite the fact that some miners are not ready to comply. The Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, said mining firms have for years been enjoying handsome incentives, but time has come for Tanzanians to get more benefits from the sector. "We have learnt a lot since we started wooing investors in the mining sector and it high time we moved a further step and see to it that we are getting more from these investments," he said in an interview with the 'Daily News.' The Minister was reacting to a recent "Africa Progress Report" which highlighted...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/15/13)
Dodoma — SOME 4,200 infant fish of the perege and mud fish (kambale) species have been produced and distributed to farmers in Kagera Region, Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development, Mr Benedict Ole Nangoro, said. He was responding to a question from Conchesta Rwamlaza (Special Seats-Chadema), who had wanted to know what plans the government had to empower fish farmers in Kagera Region. Responding, the Deputy Minister said fish farming was important in Kagera Region, which was why the ministry had sent two experts to educate the people on better fish farming practices. He said the ministry has been supporting the farmers in various ways including giving them guidelines, digging their fish farms, and distributing to them infant fish...
(The Citizen 05/15/13)
Dar es Salaam. A civil society organisation wants the constitutional review process stopped because “it is marred by irregularities that might produce an inadequate Mother Law.” The Tanzania Constitution Forum (TCF) says it plans to go to court to block the process that, it argues, has left out the majority of the wananchi. Efforts to get the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) to comment on TCF sentiments were not successful because the commissioners were in a meeting. However, the CRC principal information officer, Mr Omega Ngole, told The Citizen the Forum is yet to avail the commission with its list of misgivings. “We will be in a position to comment when we see what Tanzania Constitution Forum is protesting about,” Mr...
( 05/15/13)
A consingment of the anti-TB Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine is expected in the country today and will reach areas that are currently experiencing shortage by next Sunday. The arrival of the vaccine will be a big relief following concern that some regions have been hard hit by the vaccine’s shortage. Medical Stores Department (MSD) Acting Director General Cosmas Mwaifwani said five regions will immediately be supplied with the vaccine as requested. He said only Kagera, Singida, Kinondoni Municipality and Rukwa have so far submitted requests for the vaccine. Mr Mwaifani blamed some of the regions for processing their orders while the drug was already running out of stock, citing the example of Kinondoni and Kagera whose orders for the vaccine...
(Ipp media 05/15/13)
The National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) has called for the promotion of self-employment programmes to curb the looming crisis in the country. The call was made yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the council’s Executive Secretary Dr Anaclet Kashuliza when launching the Young Graduate Clinic at the University of Dar es Salaam Entrepreneurship Centre (UDEC). He said youth with entrepreneurial skills should be encouraged to establish businesses which can generate jobs to other young men and women. Dr Kashuliza said the majority of youth in Tanzania are unable to establish and run their own businesses because of lack of lack of skills and business training, inadequate credit facilities, inadequate information on what is available in the labour market and lack...
(Ipp media 05/15/13)
Media stakeholders yesterday called for the restructuring of the police force to minimise violence by some of its members against innocent citizens. They said the legislation under which the force was founded is both colonial and undermines people’s freedom. “The force is still using colonial laws which are based on protecting rulers, leading to the undermining of the people’s rights of freedom,” said media guru Jenerali Ulimwengu. He said this in Dar es Salaam when delivering a keynote address at a Media Council of Tanzania meeting discussing police violence against civilians. He gave the example of the National Service which was created in 1963 during the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere era but was later restructured and merged with the Tanzania People’s...
(Ipp media 05/15/13)
Save the Children’s Annual State of the World Mothers report released this month, has ranked Tanzania 10th among countries with the highest number of first day deaths in the world and third in Africa, only below Nigeria and DRC but in East Africa, she has the highest number of children who die a day after birth. Health Programme Advisor with the NGO Dr Stephen Ayella, noted, “Tanzania has made important policy changes to improve its readiness to expand newborn health support. However, according to the report, 17,000 babies die on their first day of life, with a figure of 48,100 newborn deaths per year, thus placing Tanzania in the top 10 countries with highest newborn deaths”. So focus and concerted...
(The Citizen 05/15/13)
Dar es Salaam. The government is still on the spotlight over massive failure in last year’s Form Four examinations, even as the State burns the midnight oil to release revised results after nullifying them and ordering the National Examination Council of Tanzania (Necta) to standardise them using the 2011 rating system. A lobby group conducted a countrywide survey, which involved parents, barely a month after the results were released, and concluded in its findings that the government and teachers were to blame. Announcing research findings in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Twaweza researcher Elvis Mushi said the survey - conducted from March 14 to April 3 this year - involved 2,000 respondents (parents) from across the country. According to him, the...
(Ipp media 05/14/13)
A total of 2,500 farmers engaged in sesame and sorghum production in eleven wards of Kilwa and Lindi District wards have trained to shift from traditional to modern commercial farming to boost their economic fortunes. The wards are Miteja, Kinyumbi, Mingumbi, Tingi, Chumo in Kilwa District and Mchinga, Kilangala, Milola, Kilolambani, Rutamba, Nang’aloin Lindi region. Institutional Coordinator of the Amsha Institute of Rural Entrepreneurs East Africa, Omari Mwaimu told the Guardian over the weekend that the training was offered in 2010 and 2011 by Naliendele Agricultural Research Institute with the support from Amsha Institute. “The number is very small because we don’t have enough funds to support more farmers,” he said noting that they normally depend on member’s fees to...

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