DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
With strong and consistent growth rates of
6-7 percent, Tanzania has outperformed its east African
neighbors of Kenya and Uganda, the World Bank said on Tuesday.
rates continue to outperform her East African neighbors,” said
Bella Bird, World Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Burundi,
Malawi, and Somalia, at the launch of the World Bank’s 9th
edition of the Tanzania Economic Update, a series that provide
regular review of the economy.
Speaking at the
launch of the economic update in Dar es Salaam, Bird said by
contrast Tanzania remains one of three economies in sub-Saharan
Africa, together with Rwanda and Ethiopia, that continue to
exhibit resilience in this challenging external environment.
Overall, she said,
the Tanzanian economy has shown resilience amid flagging growth
in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016, adding that Tanzania.
The bank said in its
economic update similarly the poverty level in Tanzania has
significantly declined from 60 percent to 47 percent based on
1.90 U.S. dollar per day global poverty line.
“The broad story of
Tanzania’s growth and poverty reduction over the past decade is
now well known,” the bank said in the update.
“However, today 12
million Tanzanians live on less than Tsh1,300 (0.58 U.S.
dollars) per day, with many others living just above the poverty
line, so an economic shock could have a significant impact on
the number of poor households,” said the World Bank.
The Bank’s Economic
Update said a jump in growth could bring a substantial number of
the poor clustered just below the poverty line out of poverty.
“Another key feature
of Tanzania’s economy is the estimated 800,000 young women and
men who enter the job market annually, with only limited
opportunities to find a productive job,” it said.
The update said
higher levels of growth are badly needed to create a greater
number of productive jobs and to significantly reduce poverty.
The bank said
maintaining and accelerating growth demands the right policies,
adding that the impressive growth path of Tanzania to date has
been driven by the decisions of the past.
“Future growth will
be driven by the decisions of today’s leaders,” it said, adding
that the government is clear that its focus is
industrialization, but for this to occur in a way that creates
jobs and reduces poverty, the economic update suggested three
areas of attention.
They are the need to
continue with prudent macroeconomic policy management, to manage
the expansion in public investment projects effectively to
ensure maximum impact on growth and reduction of poverty and to
unlock the growth potential of the private sector.
The economic update
said the improvements in revenue mobilization and tighter
anti-corruption controls will assist with the implementation of
effective fiscal policy.
“Measures to utilize
natural gas for power generation will reduce the import bill and
improve the external balance over the medium to long term
future,” said the update.
Tanzania’s safari capital voted
among Africa’s top tourist destinations
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s northern safari capital of Arusha has been voted as
the Africa’s fifth best tourist destination in 2017, according
to international tourism ranking advisory group TripAdvisor.
spokesperson of Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), said Monday that
the recognition by the U.S. Travel Website was a clear testimony
of how rich Arusha is in terms of tourist attractions.
The TTB official was
optimistic that Arusha will continue to shine among the best
destinations in continent, acknowledging the travelers’
selection of the region as one of their best decisions.
Arusha is also
considered to be the gateway to safari destinations and to
Africa’s highest peak, the 5,895-meter Mt. Kilimanjaro, lying
some 100 kilometers northeast.
To its west lies
Serengeti National Park, home to wildlife including lions,
rhinos, giraffes and leopards and the famous annual migrations
that feature huge herds of wildebeests crossing its plains.
Famed for its wide
range of tourist attractions, Arusha has beaten other famous
destinations including the Diani Beach of Kenya and the Victoria
Falls in Zimbabwe.
According to the
findings of the website released on Monday, Diani town took the
sixth position, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe the seventh, Zanzibar
Island the eighth, and Livingstone in Zambia the ninth while
Nosy Be, Madagascar, completed the list of top 10 destinations
on the continent.
rankings, Morocco’s Marrakech was voted the best destination in
Africa while Merzouga, also in Morocco, took the second
Tanzania to tackle tuberculosis
prevalence among miners
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania on Monday unveiled new measures
to tame airborne diseases including tuberculosis (TB), a top
public health concern that has especially plagued the country’s
Tanzania’s Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender,
Elderly and Children, said the country has nearly 200,000 people
on the record of having the disease, but only 62,000 are on
Addressing MPs in
the country’s capital Dodoma, the minister called on the public
to help spread knowledge of the diseases, urging people with
signs to seek immediate check up.
Mwalimu said the
Tanzanian government was aware of the diseases, mostly in the
mining areas, citing some measures as public awareness campaigns
in such areas
“Our experts will be
dispatched into the highly affected areas like mining to
sensitize miners and the general public on how to become free
from the airborne diseases,” she said.
She further said
that rates of tuberculosis (TB) among miners in Africa are
approximately 5-6 times higher than in the general population.
An estimated 15
million artisanal miners worldwide, many times more than are
employed in formal sector mines, are working without any dust
Africa, mining communities are experiencing an epidemic of TB
due to the combination of silica exposures and higher background
rates of people with HIV. Globally, more than 3 billion U.S.
dollars a year is spent on diagnosing and treating TB.
FAO supports Tanzania’s
endeavors to curb livestock diseases
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations (FAO) has dished out equipment and consumables to
Tanzania in order to prevent and control the spread of animal
They were given
under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded
Emerging Pandemic Threat phase 2 (EPT2) program, worth 31,007
U.S. dollars and were handed over to the Tanzania’s Ministry of
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF).
materials for sample collection, transportation and preservation
from livestock including vacutainers, needles, animal
restraining materials, and Geographical Positioning System
(GPS), among others.
Fred Kafeero, FAO
Country Representative, said Monday that livestock plays an
important role in the country’s economy and therefore the
organization understands the need to control the spread and
impacts of diseases.
FAO has been working
in collaboration with ministries responsible for livestock
development in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar in the
implementation of the EPT2 Programme.
William Ole Nasha,
Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries,
commended the support and collaboration by FAO and USAID in
boosting Tanzania’s efforts to address the spread of priority
diseases in its livestock population.