DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Prime
Minister Kassim Majaliwa announced on Thursday that the
government was in final touches of establishing a beach
management directorate aimed at promoting beach tourism in the
east African country.
"We instructed the ministry
responsible for tourism to ensure that we improve our lakes and
sea beaches for the country’s development and the ministry is
working on the instructions and a new directorate to regulate
beach tourism will be formed soon," Majaliwa told the National
Assembly in the capital Dodoma.
Majaliwa acknowledged that Tanzania was not doing well when
it came to beach tourism despite the country’s abundant lake and
The premier observed that beach tourism was doing much better
in the Zanzibar archipelago than on mainland Tanzania.
He said the directorate will oversee the construction of
luxury hotels and malls along beach areas to attract more
tourists and investors.
He added that Tanzania has decided to come up with strong
strategies to efficiently explore available opportunities in
beach tourism to boost the national economy.
Tourism is the largest foreign exchange earner of Tanzania,
contributing an average of 2 billion U.S. dollars annually,
which is equivalent to 25 percent of all exchange earnings,
according to the government data.
It also contributes to more than 17 percent of the national
gross domestic product and creating more than 1.5 million jobs,
500,000 of which are direct.
A report released in June 2017 rated Tanzania’s tourism
industry as one of the fastest growing sectors in the country
with figures showing a surge on tourist arrivals.
The 2016 International Visitors’ Exit Survey Report indicated
that the number of tourists who visited the country continued to
The report was jointly compiled by the Ministry of Natural
Resources and Tourism, the Bank of Tanzania, the National Bureau
of Statistics, the Immigration Department and the Zanzibar
Commission for Tourism.
The report showed that Tanzania hosted at least 1.2 million
tourists in 2016, compared to 1.1 million in 2015, which was an
increase of 12 percent.
The report showed revenues from the tourism industry have
been increasing year after year with 2.1 billion U.S. dollars in
2016 against 1.9 billion dollars in 2015.
AfDB and Tanzania sign
over US $150 million dollars loan
agreements to support development projects: official
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The African Development Bank (AfDB) on
Thursday signed three agreements amounting to 156 million U.S.
dollars with the government of Tanzania to support major
development projects, said a senior official.
Speaking shortly after the signing of the agreements in the
commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s Permanent Secretary
in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Dotto James, said the
AfDB loans had favorable conditions.
He said out of the 156 million U.S. dollars loan, 123 million
U.S. dollars were earmarked for the construction of the
North-West electricity transmission line, 13 million U.S.
dollars for an initiative to prevent aflatoxins contamination in
grains and 20 million U.S. dollars for the Global Agriculture
and Food Security Program.
"The loans from the AfDB have friendly terms.
"Their interest is almost zero and the loan repayment period
is 40 years," said James.
Alex Mubiru, the AfDB Country Manager, said the North-West
power transmission line was intended to improve power supply in
Kigoma region at lower energy production costs.
"This will relieve Tanzania Electric Supply Company of a
financial burden of about 9.44 million U.S. dollars spent
annually on running diesel power generators in Kigoma and Kasulu,"
This year, the AfDB has signed loan agreements amounting to
213.4 million U.S. dollars to support key projects in the
Tanzania ratifies African Charter on Statistics to spur
ARUSHA, Tanzania, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian parliament on
Wednesday ratified the African Charter on Statistics in order to
promote investment in the nation.
Presenting the proposal on the charter in the ongoing
parliamentary sessions in the country’s capital Dodoma,
Tanzania’s Finance and Planning Minister, Phillip Mpango said
that the ratification of the charter will improve the collection
and dissemination of official statistics, and the demand and use
of the data will also be increased.
He said that the African Charter on Statistics provided
credible data that are produced regularly, and covered
political, economic, social and cultural dimensions of the
African integration process.
"The country’s statisticians will be trained on modern
technologies to improve accuracy of official statistics needed
in evaluating the National Development Plan," said Mpango.
Mashimba Ndaki, Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Budget
Committee, said that the ratification of the Charter will also
promote political, social and cultural development in Tanzania.
The committee also advised the Tanzanian government to
supervise the transparency and quality in disseminating
The document of the African Charter on Statistics was later
endorsed by the National Assembly.
The African Charter on Statistics was adopted by the Assembly
of Heads of State and Government at the 12th ordinary session of
the African Union in 2009.
Tanzanian scientists in
new drive to control rodents in crop fields
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian scientists are working on a
research that could see cat urine odour used to control rodents
in crop fields across the country for the first time.
Loth Mulungu, a researcher from the Pest Management Centre at
Morogoro-based Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) said the
study on the potential new rodent management strategy is due for
completion by March next year.
According to Mulungu, the technology aims at providing a long
term solution to rodent pests compared to lethal control methods
such as the use of rodenticides.
The research is funded by the Tanzanian government through
the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (Costech).
He said that the rodents need a long term strategy as they
have the potential to breed quickly and infest crops leading to
serious economic damage.
"In Tanzania, damage to crops is largely attributed to
Mastomys natalensis in fields and Rattus rattus in stores,"
Mulungu said in an interview.
"Currently, reducing the size of rodent pest populations
generally relies on lethal control methods, including the use of
"These methods, however, provide only a short-term solution
because the colony soon recovers and the problems posed by the
rodent persist," he added.
The researcher further said that the methods are often
uneconomical, environmentally hazardous hence, socially
He said that there are increasing demands for effective,
non-lethal approaches to be developed.
Non-lethal management technology would produce a significant
decrease in rodent pest activity within sensitive (crop fields)
area and, in the longer-term, reduce the numbers of problem of
rodents in the vicinity.
Chemical repellents signals could produce an immediate
avoidance response in rodent pests and hence restricting the
growth of problem populations in a crop field.
Ladslaus Mnyone, Director for the pest management centre at
SUA also said the research done by Tanzanian scientists should
be given priority because they have direct impact on the general
"These researches are good because they are building capacity
to our researchers and the students in different levels.
"Our research targets solving challenges facing the general
public such as the farmers," he said.
Amos Nungu, Costech’s director general said that the study
will help to address the farmers’ challenges.
"We are looking forward to seeing the final results so that
we can take it to the end users, which, in this case, it is the
farmers," he said.
Early this year, rodents were reported to have destroyed over
17,000 hectares of food and cash crops in Tanzania’s eastern
district of Kilosa.
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