Tuesday 24 October 2017
(Agence Ecofin 07/18/17)
Proparco has granted a USD 12 million loan to Peninsula Plaza, a project company set up to build and operate a mixed-use retail / office complex in Dar es Salam. This project is part of the current boom in infrastructure development in Dar es Salaam and will generate major benefits by enhancing urban infrastructure, structuring the local economy and creating jobs. This loan will finance the construction and launch of Tanzania’s largest mixed use retail / office complex. Peninsula Plaza’s 30,500 m2 of rental space will house a supermarket, restaurant, stores, services and offices all in the one place – a first in Tanzania! The development is ideally located in the heart of the Msasani Peninsula which is currently totally...
(Tanzania Daily News 07/18/17)
Both private sector and government institutions need to cooperate in ensuring there is good environment of doing business so as to boost the economy and strengthen good business relations with other partners in the East African Community (EAC). Participants of the East African Business Council (EABC) regional dialogue said last Friday that joint efforts are needed to improve business and ensure any trader and investor who operates in Tanzania is fairly treated to meet his/ her goals. The Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) Executive Director, Mr Godfrey Simbeye asked the government to immediately employ the Electronic Single Window System (eSWS) at the port as one of the major way of improving business services related in the country. According to Mr...
(Tanzania Daily News 07/18/17)
Tanzania is set to increase irrigation network towards sustainable industrial agriculture economy, the Minister for Water and Irrigation, Mr Gerson Lwenge, has said. He said at the just ended Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) that irrigated land will be increased to one million hectares in two years from only 460,000 currently out of 29 million hectares suitable for irrigation. “Irrigation can speed up agriculture productivity because there is a possibility of cultivating twice a year contrary to reliance on rain-fed farming where farmers harvest once a year,” he said. He said irrigation is the best alternative in improving agriculture output in the country where farming depends on rain-fed farming which is seasonal. He said also that the increased...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation as he packed up leftovers at a training event for people who work with refugees, where he had served a menu which included traditional African dishes. "I talk to my family frequently, ask them their needs, and help...
(Malawi 24 07/17/17)
One of the country’s political commentators has hailed the resumption of mediation talks between Malawi and Tanzania over the longstanding Lake Malawi dispute saying it is a huge step towards resolving the dispute. Malawi government last week participated in the mediation talks on the Lake Malawi boundary dispute with Tanzania which took place in South Africa. In an interview with Malawi24, political commentator Wonderful Mkhutche said the talks are necessary and at this stage, Malawi has to take part. “This is an advanced and a diplomatic mutual talk. Delegates from the two countries will provide their case to the mediators. But at the centre of everything are two presidents from Malawi and Tanzania. “Malawi has maintained the stand that the...
(APA 07/17/17)
The Alliance For Democratic Change (ADC) has asked the Tanzanian government to withdrew its moratorium on political parties bid to hold rallies. The government placed a ban on the activities of opposition parties, preventing them from holding rallies in a bid to prevent violence. ADC Secretary General Doyo Hassan Doyo told journalists in Dar es Salaam on Sunday that the oppositions bid is to hold rallies with its members and prepare for next elections. In view of this, he said the ban was denying political parties in the country the right to declare their policies and future plans to Tanzanians. "The political situation in the country isn't encouraging, the government's ban on holding political rallies has affected our activities, therefore...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Africa is making progress towards the establishment of a trade zone by Oct. 30 that will cover approximately half of the continent's member states. The Common Market for the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Director of Trade and Customs, Francis Mangeni, said in a commentary published in the Star Newspaper on Monday that so far 19 of the 26 countries involved have signed the agreement. "Three outstanding annexes had meant the tripartite agreement was not complete and this was advanced by some countries as the reason they could not sign or ratify the agreement. However their adoption represented a milestone in the negotiation, as it removed the last obstacle to signing and ratifying the agreement," Mangeni said. The tripartite free...
(Voice of America 07/15/17)
Five countries in East Africa face dire food insecurity after a third poor rainy season in a row, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday. Areas in five countries - Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda - received less than half of their normal seasonal rainfall. "The current phenomenon encompasses an area of about 1 million square kilometers, which is roughly twice the size of France," FAO economist Alessandro Costantino told VOA's Africa division. The extended drought along with a pest called an armyworm has drastically reduced crop yields, leaving millions in East Africa without
(AFP (eng) 07/14/17)
Mining company Acacia agreed Friday to pay more royalties to Tanzania's government as it seeks an end to a dispute over alleged underreporting of production and profits. President John Magufuli accused the London-listed company, whose largest shareholder is Canadian Barrick Gold, of "theft" after a government enquiry concluded last month that Acacia had undervalued its production of gold and other minerals for years, evading billions of dollars in taxes and royalties. "To minimise further disruptions to our operations we will, in the interim, satisfy the requirements imposed as regards the increased royalty rate applicable to metallic minerals such as gold, copper and silver of six percent
(Malawi 24 07/14/17)
Malawi’s lake wrangle with neighbouring country Tanzania will not end soon as the High Level Mediation Team on the issue has proposed that heads of the two countries are to give guidance on the resolutions made in Pretoria, South Africa. The development follows mediation talks that Malawi had with Tanzania on the lake issue as the two differ on ownership; Tanzania claims that part of Lake Malawi belongs to it while Malawi says it owns the whole lake. The mediation team led by former Mozambican head of state Joaquim Chissano has suggested to have the two presidents being briefed before a verdict is made. Spokesperson for Malawi’s ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation Rejoice Shumba said the resolutions are...
(Tanzania Daily News 07/14/17)
NO village will remain without electricity after completion of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA)’s third phase project, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has assured. 1 Comment The premier, addressing separate public rallies in his home district of Ruangwa on Tuesday evening, said the government has already al located 1tri/- for electricity distribution to 8,000 villages, countrywide. Flanked by his wife Mary, the Ruangwa Member of Parliament (MP), addressed Chiapi, Nandanga, Mbecha and Luchelegwa villagers on his second leg of a four-day working tour of Lindi Region. “President John Magufuli is very much concerned with his people and that is why he has set aside enough funds for power supply in all villages, including Ruangwa District,’’ Mr Majaliwa said, adding that the...
(Tanzania Daily News 07/14/17)
English Premier League side Everton FC jetted in the country yesterday ahead of their historic preseason friendly with SportPesa Super Cup winners Kenya’s Gor Mahia at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam this evening. The Blues travelled directly from Liverpool John Moore’s airport and touched down around 10am (EAT). The trip to Tanzania celebrates the Club-record partnership with gaming giant, SportPesa. Striker Wayne Rooney and fellow players were all smiles as Ronald Koeman’s side was received at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam by Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe. The Blues winger, a DR Congo international Yannick Bolasie received a hero’s welcome from hordes of Congolese fans at the airport. Bolasie,...
(The Citizen 07/12/17)
President John Magufuli yesterday cautioned regional administration and local government officials against financial indiscipline in public procurement and implementation of projects in their areas. He also said his government would collaborate with civil society organisations (CSOs) aiming at developing the country, but attacked those sympathising with teenage mothers. He was speaking at Mazaina grounds in Chato, Geita Region, where Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation (BWMF) was handing over 50 houses for health workers in three regions of Geita, Kagera and Simiyu funded by the Global Funds for fighting against HIV/Aids, TB and malaria. Global Funds issued Sh26.5 billion for the construction of 50 houses at Sh50.1
(Tanzania Daily News 07/12/17)
Tanzania is among five leading beneficiaries of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, having pocketed 1.9 billion US dollars (about 4tri/-) between 2003 and March, 2017. Former President Benjamin Mkapa revealed in Geita region's Chato District during the handover ceremony for health servants' 50 houses yesterday. Geita, Simiyu and Kagera regions received 20, 20 and 10 housing units, respectively. Benjamin Mkapa Foundation (BMF) executed the project through funding from the Global Fund. Mr Mkapa described the execution of the housing project as a perfect example of the public-private partnership, urging medics to work hard in serving the people notwithstanding their limited number. Earlier, BMF Executive Director Dr Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro said the foundation had so far constructed 480...
(The Citizen 07/12/17)
The government has shown commitment to expanding access to family planning by raising the life-saving services budget from Sh5 billion in 2016/17 to Sh14 billion in the current fiscal year. This was revealed yesterday in Dar es Salaam during an event to mark World Population Day. Speaking during the event, a representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr Hashina Begum, lauded Tanzania for its commitment to increasing the availability of modern contraceptive methods. This comes at a time when efforts aim at reaching 4.3 million more women and girls by the year 2020 up from the current level of 3.8 million. Highlighting on the day's theme: 'Family Planning: Empowering People. Developing Nations," Dr Begum said Tanzania had specifically...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will perform," he said. De Klerk believes that African countries are primed to take advantage of the world's growing size. "If we look at food shortages for the rest of the world with a growing population, Africa is the solution," he...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/11/17)
Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Monday he has signed into law new mining bills which require the government to own at least a 16 percent stake in mining projects. The laws, which also increase royalties tax on gold and other minerals, were passed by parliament last week despite opposition from the mining industry body. Magufuli reiterated on Monday that no new mining licenses would be issued until Tanzania "puts things in order" and that the government would review all existing mining licenses with foreign investors. "We must benefit from our God-given minerals and that is why we must safeguard our natural resource wealth to ensure we do not end up with empty mining pits," Magufuli told a rally in...
(AFP (eng) 07/11/17)
The Tanzanian government dissolved the country's National Sports Council on Monday, accusing it of deep-seated corruption. The National Sports Council oversees all sport in the east African nation, with its president and members being appointed by the sports minister, but it has been closed because of what government minister Harrison Mwakyembe called "corruption, favouritism, sloppiness and irresponsibility". The decision comes after the president and the general secretary of the Tanzanian Football Federation were detained late last month for alleged embezzlement.
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from ACLED, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project. ACLED tracks political violence, protests and terrorist events across Africa. Their reports include attacks since 1997 based on data collected from local news media, government statements, non-governmental organizations and published research...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
Many cell phone companies are rethinking their headlong rush into the continent. Only Orange is staying the course. Back when African countries were auctioning off mobile licenses by the boatload to serve the region’s young, tech-savvy population, investing in the continent’s fast-growing economies seemed like a no-brainer. Some of the world’s biggest wireless carriers rushed in. Now they’re wondering if they made a mistake. Increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, as well as a lack of expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, are making it harder for operators such as Vodafone Group Plc, Orange SA and Bharti Airtel Ltd. to grow. Their choice: Pull back or double down. Two companies beating at least a partial retreat are Millicom International Cellular SA, which...

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