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World Bank official commend Tanzanian economic resilience

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.

“Tanzania’s growth 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.

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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.

Godfrey Tengeneza, 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.

On continental rankings, Morocco’s Marrakech was voted the best destination in Africa while Merzouga, also in Morocco, took the second position. 

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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 miners.

Ummy Mwalimu, 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 treatment.

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 control measures.

In sub-Saharan 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.

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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 diseases.

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).

They included 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.

             

 

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