ARUSHA (Xinhua) --
Ali Mohamed Shein, President of Tanzania’s semi-autonomous
archipelago of Zanzibar, on Saturday said that his government plans
to venture into land reclamation projects to increase land for
Shein unveiled the plans when
speaking at the official opening of a one-day seminar on natural
resources management, which involved different leaders from across
the Indian Ocean archipelago.
With an area of 2,461 square kilometers, Zanzibar is made up of
two main Islands of Unguja and Pemba, located about 30 kilometers
off the coast of mainland Tanzania in the Indian Ocean.
Without divulging the amount of money that would be spent in the
proposed land reclamation projects, the Zanzibar leader said that
his government’s move is in line with the increasing pressure of
land shortage due to increasing population, which currently stands
at 1.3 million people as per 2012 population census.
He said that there are a number of countries, which have
benefited from land reclamation, citing Singapore as one example
which had successfully deployed land reclamation, a process of
creating new land from oceans.
"We want to follow suit, so that we also benefit from that by
increasing the size of land for our own socio-economic development,"
he said, describing land reclamation as one of the options towards
increasing size of the land.
The Zanzibar leader further said that there are private
enterprises which have tried to expand the land size and they have
managed to put up socio-economic investments.
"That’s why we see land reclamation is possible in Zanzibar," he
said, adding that the projects will be implemented by the government
and through public-private partnership.
Tanzanian Speaker hails
Simba’s historic feat in CAF Champions League
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian Parliament Speaker Job Ndugai on Monday praised Simba
Sports Club for making it to the quarterfinals of the Confederation
of African Football (CAF) Champions League, saying the feat has made
the country’s football to be known across Africa.
"Last Saturday’s resounding victory by Simba that qualified the
team to the CAF quarterfinals was not only historic but it also made
Tanzanian soccer to be known across Africa and beyond," Ndugai said.
On Saturday, Zambian Clatous Chama scored in the final minute to
secure the Dar es Salaam outfit a 2-1 home victory over AS Vita Club
of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a second place in Group D
behind Al Ahly of Egypt.
With the victory, Simba became the first Tanzanian club to reach
the CAF Champions League quarterfinals.
"As millions of people across the world watch football on daily
basis, Simba’s historic win has definitely written Tanzania’s name
on the world soccer map," Ndugai said.
Reigning champions Esperance of Tunisia and Mamelodi Sundowns of
South Africa had already secured quarterfinal spots, leaving six
places up for grabs in the final matches last on Saturday where Al
Ahly and Simba were joined by Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, Horoya AC
of Guinea, TP Mazembe of DR Congo and CS Constantine of Algeria.
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