Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein has revealed that the
Isles’ economy remained strong and his government has increased
revenue collection by 31.1 percent this year as compared to
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania.
In his speech to welcome New Year 2017, Shein said that the
Isles’ government collected 441.3 billion Tanzanian shillings
(201.2 million U.S. dollars) between January and November in
2016 from its internal revenue sources, up from 336.6 billion
Tanzanian shillings during the same period in 2015.
He, however, disclosed that in this year’s second quarter
(April-June), Zanzibar’s economy grew at 6.2 percent.
He further disclosed that the Zanzibar government received
54.53 billion Tanzanian shillings from development partners
between January and October in 2016.
He also pledged that in the coming year, his government will
continue to improve the Isles’ economy for the benefit of
Shein further said that in 2016, his government improved
health service delivery including the launching of the pediatric
ward at the Mnazi Mmoja National Hospital Zanzibar as well as
the launching of the Abdallah Mzee Hospital in Pemba Island,
which has been built with the support from China.
Among other achievements, Shein said that the elderly over 70
years of age, are being paid 20,000 Tanzanian Shillings per
He said that the number of the elderly has gone up from
21,263 who were registered in November 2015 to 26,603 in
November this year.
He also said that the signing into law, the Oil and Gas
Development/Management Bill, will also help the Tanzania’s
semi-autonomous part to manage its own natural resources.
He also said that his government will continue to work on the
challenge related to unemployment, by offering loans, providing
reliable markets and training for Zanzibar entrepreneurs in
He also assured visitors that they shouldn’t hesitate to
visit the spices island of Zanzibar because of the prevailing
peace and tranquilities.
"My government will ensure that security of Zanzibar people
and visitors is on their hands," he said.