Friday 23 June 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/17)
The United Arab Emirates, one of the Middle East's largest economies, wants to expand trade ties with faster growing nations in Asia and Africa, a senior official said on Sunday. Rich Gulf Arab states are looking at ways to diversify their economies, including who they trade with, after more than two years of depressed oil prices forced a rethink of government spending. The pace of economic growth in Asian and sub-Saharan African economies has made them ideal partners, Abdullah al-Saleh, undersecretary for foreign trade and industry at the UAE ministry of the economy, told Reuters in an interview in Dubai. Asia's two largest economies China and India are expected to grow by 6.5 percent and 7.2 percent this year whilst...
(Xinhuanet 03/10/17)
Tanzania stand at the ongoing 2017 tourism showcasing event of Internationalle Tourismus Borse (ITB) continues to attract many visitors following the display of key tourist products including the excavated Laetoli footprints of early humans. Devota Mdachi, managing director of Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) said on Thursday that a Laetoli footprint of early humans is one of many tourist destinations available in the country, which shows that the origin of humans being is in Tanzania, an important historical phenomenon. "This alone a great tourism icon for our country that we are proud of," Mdachi said in
(AFP (eng) 03/10/17)
In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent. Africans who want to register a website will be able to apply for a .africa domain name in the coming months, which outgoing AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said would allow the continent's people and businesses to better reach the world. "With .africa, I would say Africa has finally got its digital identity," said Dlamini-Zuma, who will next week hand power to Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat after four years at the helm of the continental body Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the lowest rates...
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
A critical mass of trained and well equipped community health workforce is key to easing the rising burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases in Africa, experts said on Wednesday at a continental forum taking place in Nairobi. The experts, policymakers and campaigners who attended Africa Health Agenda International Conference agreed that optimal engagement of community health workers is key to revolutionize response to diseases ravaging the continent. Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu in his opening remarks said that investments in training for community health workers will have multiplier impact on Africa's socioeconomic development. "We require highly skilled and motivated cadre of community health workforce to deal with a high diseases burden in disadvantaged settings in this continent. These...
(AFP (eng) 03/08/17)
Lawyers and human rights campaigners launched an initiative for African whistleblowers in Senegal on Tuesday, aimed at providing a secure means of exposing wrongdoing on the continent. African nations such as Somalia, South Sudan, Libya and Guinea-Bissau regularly appear at the very bottom of rankings such as Transparency International's Corruption Index, while none make it into the top 30. The Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) will provide guidance from legal experts, secure submission of information and a hotline for potential informants, according to its founders. The initiative is the brainchild of Spanish superstar lawyer Baltasar Garzon -- who has defended Julian Assange of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks -- along with French lawyer William Bourdon, who worked on...
(Xinhuanet 03/06/17)
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday signed a Country Programming Framework (CPF) with Tanzania that will help in improving agriculture, food security, nutrition and natural resources management in the country over the next four years. The signing event was held here between the FAO Country Representative, Fred Kafeero, and Tanzania's Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Eng. Mathew Mtigumwe. Kafeero said that the framework guides FAO support and partnership with the government of Tanzania from 2017 to 2020 in the context of UN Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II) 2016-2021. "It draws lessons from the previous CPF and it takes into account the findings and recommendations of the evaluation of FAO's contribution to the United...
(The Independent 03/06/17)
Th term was coined by sceptical officials, worried about the importance given to Commonwealth trade deals ahead of Brexit negotiations. Plans by government ministers to boost trade links with African Commonwealth countries are being internally branded “empire 2.0” by sceptical officials who are worried about the importance being placed on such deals ahead of the UK’s negotiations of leaving the European Union (EU). International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is expected to promise to build better links with the whole of the 52 member countries of the Commonwealth when ministers from each country meet in London later this week. But as the UK is prepares itself to leave the European Union, The Times reports that British ministers are planning to talk...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
Tanzanian authorities on Thursday closed four liquor making factories on the first day of the crackdown against the outlawed sachet-packed liquors The crackdown was conducted by officials from the Vice President's Office, National Environment Management Council (NEMC), Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Tanzania Revenue Authority and the police. Heche Suguta, the NEMC Senior Legal Officer, said in a statement that most of the closed factories were operating illegally and most were based in Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Suguta explained that soon after the government announced the ban, most of the manufacturers opted to produce and hide the liquor. According to the NEMC official, some of the factories were also found producing goods...
(Bloomberg 03/03/17)
Polar Star Management Ltd., which runs one of the best-performing African and Middle East hedge fund over the past five years, plans to start a private-equity unit that will invest in agriculture to exploit rising demand for food. The Cape Town-based firm plans to use its own money to buy small farms and processing companies in South Africa this year, then increase efficiency through consolidation and better management, said Murray Derksen, a director at Polar Star. It aims to raise 1.5 billion rand ($115 million) for the fund, which may also buy commodities such as grains, while targeting an internal rate of return of 8 percent to 12 percent, he said. “We looked at the increase in corn demand globally,...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
Tanzanian civil society organisations have launched a year-long campaign calling on the government to respect freedom of expression and assembly. Launched on Wednesday, the campaign "seeks to safeguard the freedoms of assembly and expression," said a statement from Tanzania's Legal and Human Rights Centre, one of the eight organisations behind the move. "Without freedom of expression and freedom of assembly there can be no development," they said of the campaign which involves putting on seminars, discussions and debates. Since taking office in 2015, President John Magufuli has been accused of heavy-handed and authoritarian rule and of passing laws limiting
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to the West, criticism of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and pride in being African. One of 20 feature-length movies on show at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (Fespaco) in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, the movie was punctuated...
(Xinhuanet 03/01/17)
The World Bank announced on Tuesday that it has approved 130 million U.S. dollars in additional financing for infrastructure investments in seven cities in Tanzania. The bank said in a statement that residents in the seven rapidly urbanizing cities in the East African nation will benefit from the funding to scale up infrastructure investments and promote growth. The statement said the Tanzania Strategic Cities Project (TSCP) covering seven strategically important cities of Tanga, Arusha, Mwanza, Kigoma, Dodoma, Mbeya and Mtwara will enable them to keep up with the pace of rapid urbanization. "Improving services in Tanzania's medium-sized cities is critical to support the government's industrialization goals," said Bella Bird, the World Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Malawi, Somalia and Burundi...
(Xinhuanet 03/01/17)
The Tanzanian government on Tuesday commended Chinese investors for a decision to build a giant cement manufacturing plant in the northeastern coastal city of Tanga. The proposed plant is expected to be the giant in east and central Africa. "The Chinese investors' move is recommendable as it meant to meet country's cement demand as well as making the products is available at a relative low price," said Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa. He made the remarks when he met with representatives of Sinoma and Hengya Cement (T) Ltd, Tanga Regional Commissioner, Martin Shigella and officials from the Tanzania Investment Center (TIC). The proposed cement plant, which will be built along the Indian Ocean coastline in Tanga, will provide lots of...
(Xinhuanet 02/28/17)
Tanzania is set to include the Africa's tallest indigenous tree into the list of the country's must-visit tourist hotspots, authorities have said. The 81.5-meter Entandrophragma excelsum sits on one of the foothills of yet Africa's tallest mountain, the world-famous Mountain Kilimanjaro. Said Mecky Sadiki, Kilimanajaro Regional Commissioner, said Monday he would lead a team of regional senior officials on the tour to tree's location to pave way for its pending launch and international publicity. "This is one of the untapped products, when it comes towards promoting it so that it lures more visitors as other tourist destinations do," the official said. The approximately 600-year-old tree matches Africa's previous tree-height record established by a specimen of the introduced Sydney blue gum...
(Xinhuanet 02/28/17)
Authorities in north-western Tanzania have arrested 11 persons for allegedly smuggling timber and charcoal in Lake Victoria, police said Monday. The suspects were arrested in Tanzania's north-western district of Sengerema for smuggling more than 3,000 pieces of timber and consignment of charcoal using three boats. The consignment of timber and charcoal came from as far as the western region of Kigoma through Geita Region located on the western shores of Lake Victoria, the Africa's largest freshwater lake. Ahmed Msangi, Mwanza Regional Police Commander said that the untaxed consignment was later transported through boats to one of the islands in Lake Victoria waters, which is some kilometers to Mwanza city. Msangi said that the consignment was transported through three boats-MV Safari...
(AFP (eng) 02/28/17)
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize -- drew a blank once again in finding a suitable laureate, it was announced Tuesday. The prize only goes to a democratically-elected African leader who demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office within the last three years. The award comes with $5 million (4.7 million euros) paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life from then on. The prize, founded by Sudan-born telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim, has only been given four times in its 10-year existence. The philanthropist has said in the past that making no award sent just as strong a message on African leadership. "A very high bar was deliberately...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
Tanzania on Monday backed out of its plan to publish a list of names of gay people accused of selling sex online, saying this would "destroy evidence". Deputy health minister Hamisi Kigwangalla had called a press conference on Monday to publicise the list, after announcing the plan earlier this month. "We cancelled the press conference. We are not going to announce the names of (LGBTs) who publicly market themselves for technical reasons," he wrote on Twitter. "For strategic reasons and to avoid destroying evidence we will deal with this issue differently and will keep you informed at every step." He also said that releasing the names would be akin to "freeing a devil in a bottle." Kigwangalla's threat to publish...
(Xinhuanet 02/27/17)
Tanzania has started re-mapping and demarcating all key national parks, game and forest reserves with the planting of new beacons around the borderlines of the sanctuaries, a senior official said Sunday. The move is meant to reduce human-wildlife conflicts, taking into accounts that some people have been encroaching into the protected areas for pastures, poaching and illegal logging. "We are executing the directives from Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa who ordered that boundaries surrounding all national parks, game and forest reserves to be clearly identified and beaconed so as to avert future land conflicts and solve the existing territorial strife between conservationists and villages surrounding protected areas," said Paschal Shelutete, Public Relations Manager for Tanzania National Parks. He said the exercise...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset by customs officers, thieves, murderers and rapists. The film -- the first feature-length film to show at the festival -- deals with "the bravery of women," Traore told AFP at the festival in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou. "There is a...
(Tanzania Daily News 02/24/17)
President John Magufuli has showered praise on the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), in particular, surgeons and staff who saved the life of one Neema Mwita Wambura who suffered severe burns on her body two years ago. Ms Neema was allegedly burnt with boiling porridge by her husband in Kyagata village of Tarime District in Mara Region in 2014. She suffered severe injuries on her chest, neck and hands. The Director of Presidential Communications, Gerson Msigwa, delivered the message yesterday when he took the patient to the hospital for further medical investigations as directed by President Magufuli. "Medical practitioners at MNH have done a great and patriotic task ... saving the life of Neema whose severe injuries two years ago had...

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