by Lucas Liganga DAR
ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Former
Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa on Thursday urged the 16
member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)
to cut dependence on foreign donor funding for investment and
"Development partners have been helpful. But
we tend to depend too much on them," said Mkapa in his keynote
address at a public lecture on deepening integration in SADC.
"We must proactively drop the bucket where we
are," he told his audience at the public lecture jointly
organized by the SADC secretariat, the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and East African Cooperation, and UONGOZI Institute, a
state-run institute supporting African leaders to attain
sustainable development for their nations and for Africa.
He urged SADC governments to raise more
revenue for development by strict collection of taxes and
pursuing tax evaders, and corrupt people engaging in illicit
money transfers across borders and continents.
"Additionally national financial institutions
such as pension funds should be encouraged to partner across
borders. Not enough attention is given to this prospectus,"
observed Mkapa who ruled Tanzania between 1995 and 2005.
He said the second obstacle impeding
development and integration in the southern African bloc was
ignorance about its mission.
"There is little knowledge by ordinary
citizens about the impact of the SADC mission and vision upon
their lives," he said.
Mkapa said like the former Organization of
African Unity, now the African Union, SADC was perceived as
being owned by the political elites and the national bureaucrats
who held annual talk shops.
"More effort needs to explain the goings on
in the SADC and to elicit the people’s sense of ownership of
their organization," said Mkapa.
The former leader said it was only by turning
around and improving the social economic fortunes of the people
that SADC can make a real difference.
President John Magufuli urges South Africa to increase
DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
President John Magufuli has urged his South African counterpart
Cyril Ramaphosa to mobilize his businessmen to increase their
investments in the east African nation, said a statement on
"Tanzania has determined to boost cooperation
with South Africa in various economic spheres," Magufuli was
quoted by the statement issued by the Directorate of
Presidential Communication at State House.
The statement said the Tanzanian leader made
the appeal for more investments from South Africa during talks
with President Ramaphosa of his three-day state visit.
Magufuli said he extended the invitation to
South African investors because the country has advanced
industrial technology which could help Tanzania to achieve its
industrialization drive aimed at attaining a middle class status
by 2025, said the statement.
"South African investors are capable of
putting up industries for manufacturing pharmaceuticals and
minerals processing and Tanzania was readily prepared to offer
any assistance they needed," said the president.
Magufuli also urged the South African leader
to strengthen cooperation on tourism, saying South Africa has
vast experience in the tourism industry as it received 10
million tourists annually compared to Tanzania that received a
paltry 1.5 million tourists yearly.
Magufuli said South Africa was leading in
doing trade with Tanzania compared to other member states of the
Southern African Development Community (SADC).
He said 70 percent of goods produced in
Tanzania for the SADC market found their market in South Africa,
adding that trade between the two countries continued to grow.
Magufuli said trade volume between the two
countries was 2.68 trillion Tanzanian shillings (about 1.16
billion U.S. dollars) in 2018 from 2.52 trillion shillings
recorded in 2017.
For his part, Ramaphosa said there were 228
South African companies in Tanzania employing 21,000 people,
promising to bring more investors to Tanzania as he urged
Tanzanian investors to reciprocate by going to invest in his
He commended Tanzania for producing surplus
food, saying South Africa will continue buying food from the
east African nation.
On Saturday, Ramaphosa will join other 15
leaders from the 16-member states SADC to attend the 39th
Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government that will
run for two days.
Africa bloc adopts Kiswahili as official language: official
DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania ( Xinhua) -- The Southern
African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers has
adopted Kiswahili as the bloc’s official language, a senior
official said on Wednesday.
Palamagamba Kabudi, the chairman of the SADC
Council of Ministers and Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs
and East African Cooperation, said the Council adopted the use
of Kiswahili during their two-day meeting in the commercial
capital Dar es Salaam.
"By adopting Kiswahili as an official
language for SADC, the regional bloc has honored Tanzania’s
founding President Julius Nyerere, the doyen of the southern
African liberation struggle," Kabudi said.
He added that Kiswahili deserved recognition
as it was the language used during the southern African
liberation struggle by freedom fighters who were sheltered in
Kabudi took over the SADC Council of
Ministers chairmanship on Tuesday from Namibian Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister for International Relations and
Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
The SADC Council of Ministers held its
meeting ahead of the 39th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State
and Government to be held between Aug. 17 and Aug. 18.
The council consists of designated ministers,
mostly ministers responsible for foreign and external affairs.
The council oversees the functioning and
development of SADC and implementation of policies and
programmes, and advises the SADC summit on matters of overall
policy, including the efficient and harmonious functioning of
The council meets at least two times a year.