Wednesday 21 February 2018
(24 Tanzania 05/24/13)
Tanzania government is contemplating evaluation and design of administrative issues related to individual and corporate taxes to achieve equity, economic efficiency, revenue growth and adequacy as well as stability and administrative simplicity. Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Commissioner General Harry Kitilya said in a statement in Dar es Salaam that, Tanzania was within the performance benchmark of most the low income countries. “Admittedly, Personal Income Tax (PIT) is the most difficult to administer due to high degree of informality in the country,” Mr Kitilya said, noting that although it exhibits high potentials for revenue growth, the Corporate Income Tax (CIT) poses big design and administrative challenges. The multinationals that operate in Tanzania’s telecommunications, financial, mining and gas sectors come along with...
(The Citizen 05/24/13)
Dodoma. Security forces will hunt for perpetrators of Wednesday’s mayhem in Mtwara Region and bring all of them to justice, Home Affairs minister, Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi, has said. Presenting the government statement on Mtwara chaos in the National Assembly yesterday, the minister said that already 91 people had been arrested in connection with the violence. “Following a police operation, we have so far arrested 91 people who are accused of unlawful assembly as well as of destroying properties and infrastructure….we will hunt those who orchestrated, instigated and took part in the implementation stage of the commotion from within Mtwara and outside the country,” he said. Calling people behind the uproar as ‘betrayers of the nation’, Dr Nchimbi said people behind...
(Ipp media 05/24/13)
Finland has expressed willingness to work with Tanzanian farmers in a move aimed at imparting to them important information on modern agriculture. Alexander Stubb, the country’s European Affairs and Foreign Trade minister extended the hand of cooperation in remarks at Wednesday’s launch in Dar es Salaam of a partnership meant to enable farmers to access wide-ranging information through their mobile phones. The partnership is between the Finnish government, Finnish company Sibesonke and mobile service provider Vodacom Tanzania. “We have worked with Tanzania in various projects before. We are excited to continue with our relationship by launching this partnership which we believe will be of great importance to the agricultural sector of this nation,” said Stubb. He added: “Agriculture forms the...
(Ipp media 05/24/13)
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved USD213m to support the government’s efforts to rehabilitate roads and bring HIV/Aids and road safety services to people along the Dar es Salaam Corridor. “Well-functioning access to the maritime ports of Tanzania and Mozambique is essential for trade movement and economic prosperity, especially for the landlocked countries in the region (Zambia, Malawi and the DRC),” said World Bank Director of Strategy, Operations and Regional Integration in the Africa Region, Colin Bruce. According to the WB’s information made available to The Guardian, “This project will improve intra trade among the countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, but will also smooth the way for increased global competitiveness, market integration and poverty reduction for...
(In2 East Africa 05/23/13)
Vice-President Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal hinted that Tanzania should produce 80 000 skilled graduates annually to meet the demand for skilled workforce. “This calls for enormous additional investment in the higher education infrastructure to double the current intake of 40,000 students on an immediate basis,” Dr Bilal said in Dar es Salaam, while officiating at the 8th exhibition of higher education, science and technology. Dr Bilal referred to the Tanzania Five Year Development Plan 2011/12-2015/16 that was launched in June 2011 which provided key priority areas in education skills. In the education sector alone, more than 900,000 qualified teachers have to be employed from the current level of 238,000 while in the health sector; the current level of 110,000 professionals...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/23/13)
Dodoma and Dar es Salaam — MTWARA Municipality was on Wednesday rocked by riots as police clashed with hundreds of demonstrators reportedly opposing the planned construction of a 532-km gas pipeline from the town to Dar es Salaam. There are unconfirmed reports that at least one policeman has died and dozens of other people were injured in the clashes. However, Mtwara Regional Commissioner Joseph Simbakalia played down the reports, saying nobody has died and the situation was calm in the evening. "It is true that there were attempts to stage a demonstration. But police moved in swiftly and dispersed all the troublemakers," he told one local radio station. Sources told the 'Daily News' that the rioters, mostly youths, have torched...
(Bloomberg 05/23/13)
Cotton output in Tanzania, Africa’s fourth-biggest producer of the fiber, may drop 30 percent this year after lower prices discouraged growers and pesticide distribution was curbed, the Tanzania Cotton Board said. Output may decline from the 354,000 metric tons produced the previous season, Gabriel Mwalo, the board’s director of finance and administration, said in an interview yesterday in Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital. Plantings have been cut to 1.1 million hectares (2.7 million acres) this growing period, from 1.4 million hectares last year, he said. “International prices for cotton have fallen, pushing some farmers to food crops,” Mwalo said. “Farmers also received less inputs this season, most notably pesticides, because of challenges with the contract-farming system,” which has been...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/23/13)
VARIOUS stakeholders have advised the government to introduce a national infrastructure fund to enable the private sector to complement the meagre public budget in developing key projects. Tanzania Shipping Agents Association (TASAA) Chairman Emmanuel Mallya, retired Investment Climate Facility (IFC) Chief Executive Officer, Omari Issa and Rex Attorney's corporate lawyer, Dr Hawa Sinare, said much as the country urgently needed investments, public resources alone cannot meet the demand. "For the port (Dar es Salaam) to function properly, we need to improve the infrastructure by not focusing on a single mode of transportation," Mr Mallya said during the World Bank's launching of the country's Third Tanzania Economic Update on Tuesday. Mr Mallya bemoaned the 'peanut' budget allocation for infrastructure development, saying...
(Ipp media 05/23/13)
Debate over the Ministry of Energy and Mineral estimates is to resume today after it was put on hold yesterday following gas production violence in Mtwara that erupted as the Minister tabled his budget estimates. At least 90 percent of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral’s financial estimates for fiscal year 2013/2014 will be injected into development projects aimed at the provision of reliable energy supply. Presenting his Ministry’s budget estimates yesterday in Dodoma, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, Minister of Energy and Minerals, requested the House to approve the 1.102trn/- budget to be used for both recurrent as well as development expenditures. “Out of the estimates, 992.3bn/- is allocated for development projects, of this, 558.13bn/- is to be domestically sourced and...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/23/13)
Tragedies resulting from the collapse of multistorey skyscrapers in Tanzania are all too common and likely to keep occurring if the government does not curb corruption in the booming construction industry. Memories are fresh in the minds of many residents of Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam of a 14-storey building that collapsed on March 28, killing more than 36 people and crushing several cars. The building was being constructed under a joint scheme between a private investor and the public agency, the National Housing Corporation. Although the commission of enquiry formed to investigate has yet to finalise its work, rumours are already swirling across the city that corruption and professional negligence are to blame. According to observers, some of...
(The Citizen 05/23/13)
The government will spend 90 per cent of the ministry of Energy and Minerals’ budget on development projects, the National Assembly heard yesterday. Energy and Minerals minister Sospeter Muhongo told the Parliament yesterday that his ministry would spend Sh992.867 billion on development projects during the financial year 2013/2014. He sought the approval of a total of Sh1.102 trillion for the ministry for the 2013/14 financial year. The budget has increased by 33.4 per cent compared to last year. A total of Sh826.27 billion was approved for the ministry in the previous fiscal year. “This is historic development and it shows how serious we are in developing this nation,” Prof Muhongo, a geologist by profession, told the House yesterday. Domestic sources...
(The Independent 05/23/13)
Dar es Salaam - Tanzanian police have made sweeping arrests after a day of protests in which one person was killed in a southeastern town over a gas pipeline project, the government said on Thursday. “Several houses and a lot of property were badly damaged,” Home Affairs Minister Emmanuel Nchimbi told Parliament on Thursday, a day after the riots in the coastal town of Mtwara, close to the border with Mozambique. Police, who on Wednesday fired teargas to break up the riots, had arrested more than 90 people and the town is “now calm and under control”, Nchimbi said, adding that one person had died. The area is rich in natural gas, but many locals have reportedly opposed the planned...
(Ipp media 05/23/13)
The country will host the first ever Tanzania Oil and Gas Suppliers Conference (TOGSC) conference cum exhibition that will bring together key players from the value chain together with stakeholders from the government and the oil and gas industry. The organizer of the event Washington Benbella said the conference and exhibition will be held on July 25t and 26 in Dar es Salaam to discuss and engage on the different opportunities and challenges within the East Africa scenario particularly Tanzania and more than 250 delegates will attend. He said the conference will incorporate the value chain within the oil and gas industry is a strategic event that has come at the right time considering the recent large and world class...
(The Citizen 05/23/13)
Dodoma. The government needs to review its media laws and assess its performance in protecting freedom of expression. Debating the 2013/2014 budget estimates of the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Ms Rebecca Mngodo (Special Seats-Chadema) said the government was not doing enough to protect journalists and their rights. She said Tanzania, which was regarded as an island of tranquillity, had now gained the dubious distinction of being among countries where journalists were routinely attacked and even killed. Ms Mngodo said Tanzania was third in suppressing press freedom in Africa. “Tanzania was formerly respected for safeguarding human rights, but today we are ranked with the likes of Somalia and Eritrea...the government must do something to ensure people, including journalists,...
(The Citizen 05/23/13)
Mtwara/Dodoma. Violent demonstrations erupted in Mtwara yesterday after Prof Sospeter Muhongo, the minister for Energy and Minerals, announced in Parliament that construction of the Mtwara-Dar es Salaam gas pipeline would continue according to plan. Mtwara town had all the appearances of a ghost town earlier, with empty streets and businesses shut from dawn, but chaos erupted soon after Prof Muhongo’s speech mid-morning. Gangs of youths hurled stones and burnt down and vandalised houses belonging to Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and its leaders. A TV journalist was also attacked. Other reports said four Tanzania People’s Defence Forces soldiers died and 20 were seriously injured in a car accident as they were rushing from Nachingwea in Lindi region to Mtwara to help...
(Bloomberg 05/22/13)
Tanzania plans to boost cargo volumes by 80 percent over the next two years at the Dar es Salaam Port by adding railway links and upgrading facilities to improve efficiency, Transport Minister Harrison Mwakyembe said. The port is expected to handle 18 million metric tons of cargo by 2015, compared with as much as 10 million tons this year, Mwakyembe said in an interview today in Dar es Salaam, the country’s commercial capital. “I am 100 percent sure we will reach 18 million tons by 2015,” he said. “The government is committed to taking serious measures to improving the port.” Dar es Salaam is the fourth-largest container port on Africa’s eastern seaboard after Durban in South Africa, Mombasa in Kenya...
(Ipp media 05/22/13)
The Swiss government through its Dodoma based Rural Livelihood Development Programme (RLDP) will later on this year conduct a socio- economic household survey in six regions in central corridor of Tanzania to assess rate of development. According to the Programme Manager, Francis Massawe, the objective of the survey is to collect appropriate information regarding the socio economic situation of the beneficiaries. The survey will be conducted later on this year in the RLDP areas of intervention namely Dodoma, Singida, Tabora, Shinyanga, Manyara and Morogoro regions. He said the household survey will give information on the changes in income, employment, sub-sector growth (micro and small enterprise) increase in farm production and gender perspective between 2011 and 2012 and to which RLDP...
(Ipp media 05/22/13)
Finland's Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Alexander Stubb, and the country’s minister for International Development Heidi Hautala are in Dar es Salaam for a three-day visit to explore new trade partnerships with Tanzania. A statement availed to The Guardian yesterday by Finish Foreign Affairs ministry on the joint trade and development trip said the two ministers are accompanied by a delegation consisting of representatives from businesses and civil society organisations. “Both development cooperation and trade play an important role in these countries. It’s time to look at things with fresh eyes. It’s good if our enterprises get a foothold in growing markets – and at the same time support the country's development,” minister Heidi Hautala said. At 7...
(In2 East Africa 05/22/13)
Dar es Salaam — Smile Communications (Tanzania), a subsidiary of Smile Telecoms Holding Limited has invested over $10m for the first commercial fourth generation long term evolution (4G LTE) broadband network. This will substantially speed up internet services in Tanzania. In less than four months, Smile successfully rolled out Africa's first such network in Dar es Salaam during the first quarter of 2012. Founded in 2007 and incorporated in Mauritius, Smile has subsidiaries in Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria as well as Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and an associated company in South Africa. Smile's Group Chief Executive Officer, Ms Irene Charnley told East African Business Week during the official launch in Dar es Salaam last week, Smile is a pioneer in...
(Ipp media 05/22/13)
US President Barack Obama is expected to unveil a new plan for distribution of electricity in Africa during a historic two-day visit to Tanzania in early July, a US Embassy press statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday said. According to the statement, President Obama and First Lady Michelle will visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania between June 26 and July 3. It said President Obama’s visit was principally meant to underscore the value placed by Tanzania and the United States on the need to consolidate diplomatic ties between the US and sub-Saharan Africa. “The visit will reinforce the importance the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa,” read part of the statement...

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