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Tanzania Ports Authority to build a Dry Port
in the Southern Highlands Region of Mbeya

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- State-run Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) planned to build a dry port in the southern highlands region of Mbeya to cater for traders in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an official told parliament on Monday.

Atashasta Nditiye, the Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, said TPA will in the 2019/2020 financial year conduct feasibility study on a 100-acre land where the dry port will be located.

"After the feasibility study, an evaluation exercise will be conducted to establish the number of residents in the area to be compensated after leaving the area to pave way for the project," he told the House in the capital Dodoma.

The official was answering a Member of Parliament for Mbeya Rural constituency, Oran Njeza, who had asked the government to explain progress made on the project.

The lawmaker had also wanted to know if the government had plans to connect the planned dry port to the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) rail link.

"Our plan is to connect the dry port to TAZARA which should go all the way to Itungi port in Lake Nyasa," said Nditiye.

"That way, the dry port will effectively serve traders across Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and the DRC."

Nditiye said the construction of the dry port was scheduled to start during the 2020/2021 financial year.
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Tanzania state-owned investment organization
to host cashew nuts investment forum

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s state-owned investment organization on Saturday invited domestic and foreign potential investors interested in establishing cashew nuts processing projects to a forum next month in the nation’s southern region of Mtwara.

The Tanzania Investment Center (TIC) said in a statement that President John Magufuli will chair the July 12-13 forum, which aim to attract investment in the creation of industrial parks in Lindi and Mtwara region.

"The forum will be an opportunity for international private investors to meet with the high government authorities, to identify and seize business opportunities and to create partnerships with local economic operators," the statement said.

Tanzania is among the world’s largest producer of raw cashew nuts, the statement said, adding that the country produced 313,826 tons of raw cashew nuts in 2017-2018, about 90 percent of which were exported in their raw form due to Tanzania’s low processing capacity.

During the forum, senior government officials will make presentations on the production of the cashew crop and its potential for processing locally to add value, the statement said.
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Tanzania unveils plan to revamp capital city’s road infrastructures

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania on Tuesday unveiled plans to revamp the capital city’s road infrastructure following the government’s relocation to the political city Dodoma.

Elias Kwandikwa, Tanzania’s Deputy Minister of Works, Transport and Communications said that more than 16.5 million U.S. dollars have been allocated for the project.

"In this project, the government is set to construct ring roads in the city," Kwandikwa said, noting that Dodoma City has been given special attention now than any other time in history.

He said the focus is to improve the infrastructure, not only in the city alone but the entire region, adding that there are many people visiting it since the government moved here.

Shifting the government to Dodoma was part of the Tanzanian President Magufuli’s pledges during the 2015 campaigns, where he vowed to implement the plan which remained in papers for many years since the era of the First President, Julius Nyerere who initiated the idea.

Dodoma was declared as the capital of Tanzania in 1974. Despite the declaration, Dar es Salaam remained the central administrative and the most prominent city in the east African nation.
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Tanzanian president invites investors in Liquefied Petroleum Gas production

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli has invited investors in production of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to be used as an alternative cooking energy and save the country from cutting of trees, a statement said on Tuesday.

The statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House said President Magufuli made the invitation at the launch of an LPG processing plant and warehouse in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Magufuli urged Taifa Gas Tanzania, the LPG processing plant owned by indigenous Tanzanians, to ensure that it spreads distribution of LPG to rural areas to reduce the use of fuel wood which was detrimental to the country’s forests.

He said he was delighted to learn that LPG production by private investors in the east African nation has increased from 17,000 tonnes annually in 2015 to 92,500 tonnes annually in 2019.

Medard Kalemani, the Minister for Energy, said at least 2.5 million Tanzanians were currently using LPG as cooking energy.

Kalemani said more companies have invested in LPG in the country leading to competition among suppliers, adding that, as a result, Tanzanian LPG was cheaper compared to Kenya and Uganda.

He said a kilogram of LPG was currently sold at 3,080 Tanzanian shillings (about 1.34 U.S. dollars) compared to 3,500 shillings and 4,100 shillings in Kenya and Uganda, respectively.

He said the number of users of LPG continued to rise in the country.

"In 2015, there was only one supplier of LPG in the country, but we currently have eight of them.

"This made it easier to consumers in accessing the source of energy at a cheap price," said Kalemani.

Hamis Ramadhani, the Executive Director of Taifa Gas Ltd, assured President Magufuli that LPG will be affordable to all Tanzanians as cooking energy.

"Any Tanzanian who can afford charcoal can also use LPG as cooking energy. Users of charcoal spend up 100,000 shillings a month while LPG users can spend only up to 50, 000 shillings a month," he said.

LPG market was growing at a rate of 25 percent but Taifa Gas Ltd was positive to increase the growth rate of 50 percent in the near future, said Ramadhani.

"With the investment we have, it is just a matter of time that Tanzanians will forget using charcoal and firewood as cooking energies and switch to LPG use," said Ramadhani.
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Tanzania parliament urges government to issue a strong
statement over xenophobic remarks by Kenyan politician

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s Parliament Speaker Job Ndugai on Tuesday urged the government to promptly issue a statement on the safety of Tanzanians in Kenya after a Kenyan politician’s xenophobic remarks went viral on social media on Tuesday.

The remarks in a video were allegedly made by Kenya’s Starehe constituency lawmaker Charles Njagua Kanyi who is popularly known as Jaguar.

The Kenyan politician and singer was heard promoting "xenophobic" attacks against foreigners working and doing business in his country.

Ndugai said although he had not seen the video, he was convinced that the government needed to issue a statement as a matter of urgency.

Ndugai was reacting to Mohammed Mchengerwa, a Member of Parliament for Rufiji constituency, who had asked the Speaker’s guidance over the xenophobic remarks by the Kenyan politician.

Kanyi said he would not want to see foreigners grabbing Kenyans’ jobs and business opportunities, and reportedly gave the Kenyan government 24 hours to evict the foreigners.
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China Focus: China and African countries vow to enhance co-operation

BEIJING China (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held respective meetings with foreign ministers from nine African countries on Monday, and they pledged efforts to strengthen co-operation and uphold multilateralism.

The foreign ministers are Naledi Pandor from South Africa, Palamagamba Kabudi from Tanzania, Ezechiel Nibigira from Burundi, Aurelien Agbenonci from Benin, Nhial Deng Nhial from South Sudan, Mamadou Tangara from Gambia, Joseph Malanji from Zambia, Luis Filipe Tavares from Cape Verde, and Gbehzohngar Findley from Liberia.

 

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Tanzania Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi | Coastweek

  The African foreign ministers are in Beijing to attend the Coordinators’ Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on the China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), with the aim of better implementing the outcomes of Beijing Summit in 2018.

While holding talks with Pandor, Wang hailed the solid mutual trust and deep-rooted traditional friendship between China and South Africa.

Wang said China and South Africa, both as major representatives of emerging markets and developing countries, should jointly safeguard the missions and principles of the United Nations Charter, champion multilateralism, uphold basic norms governing international relations, and oppose any form of unilateralism and bullying, to promote world peace, development and prosperity.

Pandor said South Africa and the whole African continent, as China’s partners for jointly resisting unilateralism and bullying practice, would stand together with China in safeguarding multilateralism and an open, inclusive global trade system.

BEIJING China (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Tanzania’s Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi in Beijing, capital of China,. Palamagamba Kabudi was here to attend the Coordinators’ Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on the China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). XINHUA PHOTO - ZHAI JIANLAN
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In the meeting with Kabudi, Wang expressed China’s readiness to work with Tanzania to keep high-level exchanges, and avail the opportunity of jointly building the Belt and Road and the Coordinators’ Meeting to ensure better outcomes in bilateral cooperation.

Calling the Beijing Summit of the FOCAC a milestone, Kabudi said Tanzania is willing to facilitate cooperation in infrastructure construction, industrial capacity, and in cultural, educational sectors and other areas.

In respective meetings with Nibigira, Agbenonci, Nhial and Tangara, Wang said the current international situation is complex but China’s determination to strengthen its solidarity and friendship with African countries remains unchanged.

Nibigira said Burundi agreed with the Belt and Road Initiative and would continue to support China on issues concerning China’s core interests and major concerns.

Agbenonci said multilateralism was now the only correct choice.

Only through multilateralism can the voice of small and medium-sized countries, especially African nations, be heard, he said.

Nhial said South Sudan thanked China for its help in various fields, especially its support and contributions to the peace process in South Sudan.

Tangara said since the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Gambia, bilateral cooperation in various fields had developed fast, and Gambia can be trusted as a sincere partner of China.

When holding separate meetings with Malanji, Tavares and Findley, Wang said China would continue to uphold justice and pursue the shared principles of sincerity, results, affinity and good faith.

China’s cooperation with Africa is sincere and selfless, and has no geopolitical purposes, said Wang, adding that China had always followed the principle of non-interference, provided aid as Africa needed, carried out South-South cooperation, and helped achieve common development.

He said China-Africa cooperation was conducive to Africa’s infrastructure construction, economic and social benefits, and self-development.

"Africa offers a grand stage of cooperation between different countries, not an arena of major powers’ game," said Wang, adding that "African friends will get a right conclusion on who truly attaches importance to, respect, and support Africa."

Malanji said claims that Zambia-China cooperation had led to Zambia’s debt problem were inconsistent with the facts and China’s loans were used on the infrastructure that Zambia needs most, to promote Zambia’s economic development and bring social welfare.

Tavares said Cape Verde cherished relations with China and upheld the one-China principle.

He said Cape Verde stood ready to fully implement consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, enhance strategic dialogue, and deepen co-operation, particularly marine economy cooperation, to push bilateral relations into a new era.

Findley said China is Liberia’s true friend which has helped fight Ebola alongside Liberia and played an important role in post-epidemic reconstruction. He said Liberia is ready to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation with China.

Also on Monday, Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, met with all delegation heads here to attend the coordinators’ meeting.

The meeting will formally open Tuesday morning.
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Tanzania is facing shortage of aviation experts: official

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) said on Monday it will train 10 aviation experts by September this year to address the shortage of experts facing the industry in the east African nation.

Hamza Johari, TCAA Director General, said five aviation experts, including pilots and maintenance engineers, have been trained so far through the Civil Aviation Training Fund.

Johari made the remarks at the National Civil Aviation Forum held in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, which brought together the industry’s stakeholders to discuss challenges and ways on how to take the aviation industry in Tanzania to the next level.

"Aviation experts are urgently needed to support the fast growing aviation industry. It is our wish that we double the number of trainees to 20 next year," said Johari.

Isack Kamwelwe, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, said there were currently 349 Tanzanian pilots and 182 maintenance engineers.
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Tanzania plans over review of justice system: minister

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A Tanzanian government cabinet minister hinted on Monday that authorities were thinking over appraising the country’s legal, criminal and justice system.

"Since the country is undergoing a lot of transformation, there is need to appraise the legal, criminal and justice system," said Augustine Mahiga, the Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs, at the start of a three-week working session for stakeholders in the criminal justice sector.

Mahiga said the current legal, criminal and justice system was adopted from the colonial administration system, adding that there was dire need for changes to suit the new developments.

"It is crucial that professionals working in the area of criminal justice have an opportunity to assess the effect of changes in legislation and policy on their day-to-day work and proceedings," said Mahiga.

The meeting brought together representatives from government institutions, ministries, departments and regulatory authorities to deliberate on the needed changes in the criminal justice system.

He urged participants to reflect on criminal procedures, saying that a lot needed to be done on areas of legal matters, policies and organizational issues in order to resolve current and future challenges facing the criminal justice system.

Tanzania, like many other countries, have experienced great economic, social, political, traditional and technological changes, a situation that prompted new criminal trends, he added.
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Bank of Tanzania invites applications for running forex shops

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) said on Monday it has opened its doors for businessmen to apply for licenses for running foreign exchange (forex) shops.

The BoT invitation to apply for running the forex shops has been announced following a nationwide crackdown that saw most of the shops closed down over a number of irregularities.

A statement issued by the BoT said forex shops that will be licensed to run the business should operate according to new regulations.

"The the BoT has finalized work on the new regulations," said the statement issued in the country’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

The statement said the new regulations on forex shops called for a new minimum capital requirement of 1 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 434,000 U.S. dollars) for one to secure the license, in contrast to the earlier minimum capital of 300 million shillings.

The statement said forex shops which were currently under investigations after last and this year’s crackdown should not apply.

Late last year, BoT closed down more than 50 forex shops across the country in a crackdown, following reports that some of the shops were being used in tax evasion and money laundering.

"Those under investigations will have to wait until the investigations are concluded," said the statement.

The 2019 BoT regulations for running forex shops further require owners of such shops to release a detailed feasibility study to substantiate demand as well as address or location of the business.

In addition, the forex shops are required to record identity details of persons exchanging money, including the source and planned use of the foreign currency.

Since the government shut down the foreign exchange shops, the business was being undertaken by commercial banks, which opened stand-alone bureau shops within their branches.
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Tanzania ruling party urges grassroots leaders
to publicize government achievements

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The Secretary General of Tanzania’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), Bashiru Ally, on Sunday urged grassroots leaders to publicize achievements made by the fifth phase government under President John Magufuli.

Bashiru urged the grassroots leaders to do all they can to publicize achievements recorded by the government ahead of the civic election slated for October.

Addressing a seminar of 10 local leaders in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam ahead of the civic polls, the CCM Secretary General said grassroots leaders were better placed to publicize the achievements because they were close to citizens.

Bashiru said: "The government has made achievements in the areas of health, education and advocating interests of the poor which need to be known to citizens."

             

 

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