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Sending Money to Tanzania From UK ‘Most Costly in East Africa’

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Delegates listen to Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the GSMA Mobile 360 Africa Conference in Dar es Salaam.

Dar es Salaam — Sending money to Tanzania is the most expensive in the Eastern and Southern Africa, a London based consultancy organisation, Developing Markets Associates (DMA) June global report shows.

According to new analysis which was presented by Mobile 360 conference in the city, the average cost of sending £120 from the UK to Tanzania is 14 per cent, the highest average cost in the region.

This is when contrasted to other countries in the region like Ethiopia (13 per cent), Zambia (13 per cent), Rwanda (13 per cent), Mozambique (12 per cent), Uganda (9 per cent), and Kenya and Zimbabwe with seven per cent rate have the lowest cost.

The event, hosted by GSMA, who represent 800 mobile network operators across the world, was set to show evidence as to why Tanzania has the highest cost of sending money from the Diaspora.

“More than £44 million is sent each year by more than 38,500 Tanzanians living in the UK. But the cost of sending money is twice as much as sending to neighbouring Kenya or Zimbabwe,” reads part of the report.

The analysis shows that the average cost of sending money to Africa is almost 10 per cent, compared to the global average of just over seven per cent. Yet the UN Sustainable Development Goals say that by 2030 the global average price for remittances should not exceed three per cent of face value, with even the most expensive countries not being more than five per cent.

The report urges international development donors to support a pilot project to enable UK based remittance service providers to access Southern Africa through Sadc’s integrated regional electronic settlement system, through which 95 banks serve 11 countries.

Mr Leon Isaacs, CEO of DMA, was quoted as saying that: “Sending money home is very expensive compared to the relatively low incomes of migrant workers and the small amounts they typically send.

“The real challenges contributing to higher costs of sending money from the UK to Africa are not fixable by new technologies alone. Instead, we need to be focusing on scaling existing technology, creating the regulatory environments for those technologies and on changing consumer behaviour to send money digitally from ‘end-to-end,” he argued.

“It’s more expensive to send money to Africa than elsewhere. But it doesn’t have to be like that. The way we stay in touch, do our shopping, and even find love, have all gone digital. Yet, for the vast majority of people sending money home, they are still doing it the way they have always done it: in cash,” said Juliet Munro, director of Inclusive Finance in a quoted statement at FSD Africa.


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Jakaya Kikwete’s Son, Two Others Win Gold in Genius Olympiad

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3 students from Feza Boys Secondary School won this year’s Olympiad competition in the United States.

By Alfred Zacharia

Dar es Salaam — Wearing gold medals on their necks, three students from Feza International School, Rashidi Kikwete, Abdulrazack Mkamiya and Abdallah Rubeya landed the Julius Nyerere International Airport at about round 10pm.

They were in the US for a five-day competition, Genius Olympiad Competition, held from June 13 to 17. The contest brought together about 1,200 secondary students from more than 73 countries, 22 students from Feza Schools represented Tanzania.

Rashidi Kikwete, son of former President Jakaya Kikwete and Abdulrazack Mkamiya won gold medal in arts category while Abdalah Rubeya won a short film category.

“It is more than a dream comes true,” says the younger Kikwete. According to him, he was happy when heard for the first time that he would be among students who would travel to USA for the competition. For his part, Rubeya says winning the gold medal in the short film category wasn’t easy, for went through an education system that doesn’t give much attention to ext-ra-curricular activities. He admits he was nervous over the whole thing but he did not give up.”It was not a simple task to accomplish, you can imagine how difficult it was to win against 1200 competitors,” he said

He believes that there is nothing is easy to achieve, saying those who didn’t win in the competition should not give up. Among the parents at the airport was the Former First Lady Salma Kikwete, who said that the win proves that Tanzanians can also do wonders if given a chance. “As a former first lady of this nation and a mother, I am proud to witness these achievements because it proves that our efforts towards provision education are not in futile,” she said.


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States Split On Funding Mechanisms to Bail Out EAC

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East African Community headquarters in Arusha.

By Zephania Ubwani

Arusha — East African Community (EAC) partner states are divided on the proposed financing mechanisms to bail out the cash-strapped regional body.

While the founding members, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, want to maintain the existing equal contribution arrangement, Burundi and Rwanda prefer differentiated contribution.

A guidance on the matter will be sought during the 18th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State scheduled to take place in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

Sustainable financing mechanism for the EAC will be among the key items on the agenda, but a report seen by The Citizen indicates that the partner states are not agreed on the proposed alternatives.

One of them is to raise funds for the Community’s projects and programmes is to slap a 0.7 per cent levy on the value of dutiable imports from outside the bloc.

The percentage should be reviewed after every five years by the Council of Ministers which is the policy organ of the Community and the most supreme after the leaders’s Summit.

Hybrid option

The other mechanism recommended is a hybrid option which will use various parameters for each country. It is favoured as a means to promote equity and fairness.

An alternative financing mechanism for the EAC has been on the cards for years and has been proposed to increase the budget of the rapidly expanding Community whose institutions have lately increased.

The option also aims to overcome the cash woes facing the regional body due to dwindling financial support from donors and delayed remittances by the partner states.

A summit of the regional leaders held in Arusha in March last year directed that the modalities required to establish the proposed mechanism be fasttracked.

But, according to a report from the EAC secretariat, the operationalisation of the proposed 0.7 per cent levy on the value of imports from outside could hit snag or could take longer to be rolled out.

“Most EAC partner states have too many levies on imports. Therefore, imposing a levy will increase the burden on tax payers and raise the cost of doing business in the region,” the report said.

This was echoed by a recent ministerial session of the Sectoral Council on Finance and Economic Affairs held in Arusha which noted that the proposed mode would require amendment of the EAC Treaty which require equal contribution by the partner states.

The option would also oblige the partner states to make the necessary amendment of their revenue authority acts to enable the latter “develop new modalities for real-time collection and remission of funds to the EAC special collection account”.

The ministers stressed that a new financing mechanism and other contributions for EAC should either be on equal basis or differentiated according to ability of the partner state to pay.

Divergent views

Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya have divergent views. “EAC partner states are equal partners and should, therefore, contribute equally to avoid the potential need for introducing voting rights based on the contribution of each country.”

Equal contribution (by the partner states) was also provided for in Article 132 (4) of the EAC Treaty.

Burundi and Rwanda, which joined the bloc in 2007, preferred differentiated contribution, including the option of a levy on imports from outside the region.

“Equal contribution may not be sustainable since it puts a heavier burden on some partner states considering the size of their economies,” Burundi and Rwandan officials argued during the meeting.

EAC and its institutions gets its annual expenditure funds from the development partners who accounted for 60 per cent and around 40 per cent being budgetary contributions from the partner states.

During the current 2016/2017 financial year, it has budgeted to spend a total of $ 101.6 million, with each of the five partner states contributing $ 8.3 million.

However, according to statistics availed to this newspaper early this month, only Kenya has remitted 100 per cent of what it was supposed to remit, followed by Uganda (90 per cent) and Rwanda 51 per cent.

Tanzania has remitted about 35 per cent of $8.3 million while Burundi is reported not to have contributed anything for 2016/2017 despite assurances made by its officials in Arusha recently. The tiny country has arrears for 2015/2016.

But some Burundi leaders have repeatedly attributed their country’s financial crisis to aid cut by its traditional donors, especially the European Union following extension of tenure of office by President Pierre Nkurunziza.


The EU suspended direct financial support for Burundi last year after concluding that the authorities in the EAC nation had not done enough to find a political solution to a conflict that has seen over 200,000 Burundians fleeing violence to neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Congo.

But the strife-torn country announced last December it would increase public spending by 5.3 per cent this year despite a cut in aid from donors linked to political turmoil.

The aid-dependent nation has been forced to rely on domestic tax resources and modest revenues from coffee and tea exports ever since.

Burundi has been wracked by political violence triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in April last year. Western powers fear the country could slide back into civil war.

The East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) has repeatedly urged partner states to do something about cash remission that have fallen way behind budget.

“I know generally that there is pressure on our economies, but the point of concern here is that partner states committed to contribute money equally to the integration process. But these commitments are not coming in time and therefore affecting the EAC integration process,” said Eala Speaker Daniel Kidega in Nairobi last year.

Top Judges Linked to Drugs, Escrow Cash Scandals Quit

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Madam Justice Upendo Msuya and Justice Aloysius Mujulizi.

By Bernard James

Dar es Salaam — President John Magufuli yesterday accepted the resignations of two High Court judges, one deeply entangled in allegations of mishandling drug trafficking cases, and the other alleged to have benefited from the IPTL Escrow cash illegally withdrawn from the Bank of Tanzania (BoT).

The State House said in a statement yesterday that the judges who tendered their resignations to President Magufuli were Madam Justice Upendo Msuya and Justice Aloysius Mujulizi.

In another development, Dr Magufuli also accepted the resignation of Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Saidi Meck Sadiki yesterday.

Although the State House statement did not give details for the resignation of the judges, it is in the public domain that the two have been under scrutiny by authorities over alleged misconduct.

Judge Msuya

Justice Msuya found herself under intense criticism in recent years over the way she handled drug trafficking cases.

Anti-drug crusaders said under her watch, drug traffickers clandestinely escaped justice on highly questionable grounds.

She first came to the spotlight in 2011 after she released on bail two Pakistanis who stood trial for trafficking in 180kg of heroin worth over Sh6 billion.

The Pakistanis, Abdul Ghan Peer Bux and Shahbaz Malik, fled the country soon after they were given bail. Granting of bail is forbidden by Tanzanian law, for suspects seized with drugs exceeding Sh10 million. Her ruling generated a huge public outcry.

MPs were among the first to voice concern over the granting of bail to foreigners during a one-day seminar for the legislators organised by anti-narcotics agencies in Dodoma, August, 2011.

Mr Rogers Siyanga, now commissioner general of the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA), but then a member of the National Task Force Against Drug Trafficking formed by President Jakaya Kikwete, told the MPs that the decision dampened their zeal to fight drug trafficking.

At the seminar, then-Kasulu Urban MP Moses Machali demanded that Justice Msuya be arrested and charged in court for aiding the suspected drug dealers escape justice.

The then Attorney General Frederick Werema had a difficult time calming down the lawmakers.

“The DPP suggested to me that the judge be arrested, but I advised him that we better approach the Court of Appeal,” said Werema, as MPs piled up pressure for action.

Later, Mr Werema admitted that although legal weaknesses were minimal, human weaknesses were huge with regard to the decision.

The Citizen has learnt that the name of Judge Msuya was on the list of judiciary officers who were accused of manipulating drug trafficking cases that anti-drugs authorities want the Chief Justice to act on.

Justice Msuya also raised eyebrows after she released on bail two Tanzanians and a Pakistani who had been seized with a truck containing 50 kilogrammes of heroin.

The judge said there was no evidence that the two Tanzanians seized with a Mitsubishi Pajero at Kabuku in Tanga had knowledge that the car they were driving was stuffed with drugs.

She also set free a Pakistani Majid Gholamghader who was said to have supplied the drugs for lack of evidence connecting him with the offence.

Anti-drugs crusaiders strongly criticized the decision to acquit the accused who were arrested after a long chase with the police in the Dar es Salaam-Tanga highway.

In the case, the judge acquitted Assad Aziz after prosecution informed the court they had not interest to pursue the case against him further.

Mujulizi implicated in Escrow

Justice Mujulizi found himself in trouble in December, 2014 after his name appeared on the list of individuals who received millions of shillings that had been illegally withdrawn from the Tegeta Escrow account at BoT.

He had received the money from a shareholder of the Independent Power Tanzania Limited, and owner of VIP Engineering, James Rugemarila.

The National Assembly passed eight resolutions, including one requiring President Kikwete to form an inquiry team to investigate judges Mujulizi and Justice John Ruhangisa, who were paid Sh40 million and Sh404 million, respectively.

Announcing actions taken by his government, President Kikwete said he was leaving the issue of judges to the Chief Justice because the legal and constitutional procedures required that the process to deal with judges be initiated by the judiciary.

Since then, the judiciary has not given details of its inquiry on the two judges.

Several top government officials were forced to resign because of the $122 million (Sh270 billion) Escrow account saga. The list included the former AG Werema.

The Tegeta Escrow account was jointly opened in the Bank of Tanzania by state power company Tanesco and independent power producer IPTL.

Justice Mujulizi was among the 20 judges President Kikwete appointed to the High Court in February, 2006.

Before the appointment, he worked at Ishengoma, Masha, Magai & Mujulizi Advocates (IMMMA) in Dar es Salaam.

Meck Sadick speaks out

Yesterday, Mr Meck Sadick told The Citizen that he had retired voluntarily because of old age.

He said he has served the government for quite a long time and has considered this the right time to give a chance to youthful and energetic Tanzanians who can cope with President Magufuli’s speed.

“It is true that I have resigned voluntarily. I am surprised by information trending on social media that I was asked to quit. You know when you say to ‘quit’ it can easily be translated as if I did something wrong,” he said.

He thanked President Magufuli for the confidence he had shown in him.

Sh2 Billion Heroin Haul Intercepted At Border

By Bernard James

Dar es Salaam — Police at the Tanzania-Kenya border at Namanga seized on Thursday 25kg of heroin that was being smuggled into the country using a tourist shuttle minibus.

What is believed to be high-grade heroin and 18kg of khat worth over Sh2 billion were being ferried from Kenya aboard the vehicle, property of Impala Shuttles of Arusha.

The police are already holding the minibus driver, Mr Munisi Aminadabo, who was returning to Arusha from Nairobi where he had just dropped tourists.

Together with other security agencies at the border, the police suspected the van and subjected it to a secondary inspection, during which they found two plastic bags of 25kg stuffed with the drugs.

“We are in the very early stages of investigation but our preliminary inquiries suggest the haul was to be delivered to a businessman in Arusha,” said our source who requested anonymity.

This is the biggest seizure of heroin in the country in recent months.

The Arusha police boss said he couldn’t give details on the matter, but acting Regional Police Commander Yusuf Ilembo confirmed the arrest, they were still holding Mr Aminadabo for questioning.

Before laboratory test confirmed that the drugs were indeed heroin, the driver of the van had told the police that the flour-like substance were being taken to hospital in Arusha for POP plaster use.

The Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA) has already sent a team to Arusha to help with the investigations and ensure safe custody of the drugs and other exhibits seized with the suspect. Sources say the police in Arusha have agreed that the suspects be transported to Dar es Salaam and be questioned by the DCEA.

“The suspects are likely to be questioned at DCEA in Dar es Salaam as we try to establish ownership of the consignment,” said DCEA official.

The seizure of the drugs has given credence to widespread claims that some tourist vans are used to facilitate cross-border drug business, particularly between Tanzania and Kenya.

Two years ago, police in Arusha seized a tourist vehicle belonging to Wengert Windrose Safaris (T) Limited carrying 11 bags of marijuana.

The Toyota Land Cruiser driven by Frank Faustine was seized at Ranchi area in Longido District with the marijuana that was destined for Kenya.

The Police were suspicious of the car which was known to regularly pass through the police roadblock with tourists but after a search discovered their was not carried any tourist but a huge quantity of marijuana.

Wangert Safaris manager, Ms Aurelia Mtuy, was quick to distance her company from any link with the illicit herbs that were seized.

Investigators say a syndicate of drug dealers has resorted to using vehicles belonging to tourist companies, government institutions and even prominent individuals to transport drugs.

This comes just a week after The Citizen reported that the Drugs Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA) had seized over five tonnes of highly restricted chemicals that can be used in the production of heroin and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

DCEA officers, in collaboration with the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) and the office of the Government Chemist Laboratory Agency (GCLA), seized the dangerous chemicals at godowns at Mwenge in Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo (a backyard storage) and Moshi two weeks ago. It is the biggest seizure of such chemicals in Tanzania.

Authorities are still assessing the actual value of the precursor but sources at the anti-drugs commission say they could run into billions.

DCEA Commissioner General Rogers Sianga confirmed the seizure, saying a task force was working to establish legitimacy of importation of the chemicals whose supply and use is locally and internationally highly controlled.

The Citizen has learnt that the owner of the consignment, Dar es Salaam businessman Benedict Assey, was arrested and questioned over the haul. He was released on police bail.

Tanzania On High Alert After Ebola Outbreak Declared in DR Congo

By Janeth Mesomapya and Syriacus Buguzi

Dar es Salaam — The government has called on the people to remain vigilant as reports of ne Ebola outbreak emerged on Friday in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Mr Nsachris Mwamwaja told The Citizen yesterday that the governmetn has already taken action, including enforcing screening at the ports of entry to ensure that no infected persons are allowed into the country.

Tanzania has never registered any case of Ebola in history. He insisted that people must bear in mind that Tanzania was not immune to a possible Ebola outbreak despite the fact that the latest cases of the disease have been reported far away in the DR Congo, at the border with the Central African Republic (CAR).

A World Health Organisation (WHO) official, Eugene Kabambi, told The Citizen on Sunday through yesterday that the DR Congo outbreak has occurred in a very remote and forested village in Lower Uele (Bas Uele) Province.

“Strong measures have been taken to control the outbreak by the DRC government with the WHO and other partners’ support,” said Mr Kabambi who serves as WHO’s Emergency Communications Officer.

An earlier report issued by the same WHO shows that three people have been confirmed dead and six others are suspected of being infected with the virus in what is said to be Congo’s 8th outbreak of Ebola since the virus was first identified near Ebola River in the same country in 1976.

According to Tanzania’s health ministry spokesperson, the government was watching closely as reports of the outbreak continue to unfold.

“We’re doing all we can to maintain safety [of the people] in the country. All ports of entry into Tanzania are always well-equipped with systems to detect any possible cross-border transmission,” said Mr Mwamwaja.

He added; “There is need to keep reminding the public on how to keep away from Ebola and when to report any possible case of the disease. We will issue out details on this. We know now that Ebola has been reported in a neighbouring country but this also means that we, as a country, must always be vigilant.”

Ebola is fatal in about 90 per cent of cases and is easily spread between humans through direct contact. The virus can be spread to others through direct contact with blood or body fluids from a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola or when touching objects smeared with blood or body fluds of a sick person.

In 2005 Tanzania signed a legally-binding International Health Regulations (IHR) which directs countries around the world to deal with global health emergencies, such as Ebola that endanger people’s lives and put international traffic as well as trade at risk.

The world’s worst Ebola outbreak occurred in West Africa in 2013 – killing more than 11,300 people and infecting an estimated 28,600 as it swept through Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The latest reports of Ebola began to emerge on Thursday when the WHO said that a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths was reported in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in north DRC, bordering Central African Republic.

This was followed by a confirmation report on Friday which said that the Ministry of Health in DRC informed WHO that of five laboratory samples tested, one tested positive for Ebola virus at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) laboratory in Kinshasa.

Investigations are still being carried out into how the Ebola virus – which killed 49 people in DRC during a three-month outbreak in 2014 – suddenly occured in the equatorial forest region of Bas-Uele province, more reports emerging from Congo say.

The WHO’s Executive Director for Emergencies, Dr Peter Salama says that an investigation team led by the Ministry of Health in Congo and supported by WHO and partners has been deployed and is expected to reach the affected area in the coming days.

The WHO has recently developed an Ebola vaccine for use in case of an outbreak. Dr Seth Berkley of Gavi, the vaccine alliance, which paired with Merck to develop the vaccine, told the media that clinical trials had proven to be highly successful.

Why Corporal Punishment Ban Must Be Enforced

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A headteacher for Matwiga Primary School in Chunya District is on the run for allegedly causing the death of his 11-year-old Standard One pupil, Daudi Kaila. How did that happen?


In Kiswahili, we have a saying which thus translated: “Education is key to life”. Most parents will do everything within their means to give their children a good education. If anyone thinks education is expensive, let them try ignorance, they will say.

One thing is for sure, parents don’t take their children to school to die under the hands of their teachers; they take them there to get education. And yet, some teachers treat their charges in a manner that may lead to death!

A headteacher for Matwiga Primary School in Chunya District is on the run for allegedly causing the death of his 11-year-old Standard One pupil, Daudi Kaila. How did that happen?

On Monday this week, the ill-fated boy, together with a 12-year-old schoolmate were punished by being locked in a cupboard for two hours and when they were let out, he was foaming at the mouth! He was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local health centre.

In October last year, five were caught on film at a secondary school in Mbeya savagely beating up their student as he writhed with pain on the staffroom floor. The boy was saved by another teacher who intervened. The five were said to be trainee teachers and the incident ended their dream of ever being educators of this nation’s children. A correct directive by the government, we hastened to note in one of our editorial pieces then.

The two cases above point to a culture of violence that abounds in our school. In pre-independence to early post-independence some analyst has associated violence in our learning institutions to colonialists who introduced formal education in our country.

Colonial mindset

Teachers were encouraged to beat their learners as that, according to colonial mindset–the very mindset that had found it correct to enslave and colonise our forefathers–that was the only way to drive sense into the brains of an African child! Corporal punishment had long been proscribed in virtually all countries in the West then.

Well over half a century after Uhuru, we still have teachers who are still beat and subject their charges to all manner of cruel forms of corporal punishment–like locking them in cupboards–as a way to motivate them to understand their lessons and be good boys and good girls! Can that be a residual colonial mentality beguiling some of our teachers, mush as the majority of them were born years after the departure of our colonial masters?

We have cruelty in our schools, which include caning, yet there is a rule that checks it. Only a school head can administer caning and that must be under extreme circumstances of misconduct. And when executed, it must be recorded in the black book.

That is the rule–nay, the law–yet reports have it that we have schools in which every teacher walks around brandishing cane! That is wrong, it is impunity as it is primitive.

We challenge the police to hunt down the culpable headteacher, arrest him and charge him with manslaughter.

The Education ministry must send a reminder to all teachers–that violence against learners, in any form, shall not be tolerated in Tanzania. And modalities to enforce that should be put in place. That, so that the death of little Daudi Kaila will not be in vain.

How Tanzania Can Gain From Trade Ties With South Africa

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President Zuma beating the traditional drums as President Magafuli looks on.

analysisBy Rosemary Mirondo

Creating strategies to acquire expertise, technological know-how and forming beneficial joint ventures is the best way local businesses can benefit from the trade partnership between Tanzania and South Africa, stakeholders have said.

Reacting to South African President Jacob Zuma’s visit to Tanzania that focused on trade and investment issues businesspeople and analysts told The Citizen in separate interviews that the relationship is vital especially taking into consideration that Tanzania is the only East African Community member state that also belongs to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc.

Yesterday, President John Magufuli and President Zuma signed three cooperation agreements including on biodiversity conservation, management, transport and the binational commission between the two countries.

But investment centres from both countries have also agreed to work together to coordinate inflows between the two countries.

The chairman of the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania and founder of Infotech Investment Group Ltd, Mr Ali Mufuruki, is one of the Tanzania’s businessmen who has entered into successful partnership with South Africans. In 1999 he finalized a deal with Woolworths and the business has since thrived to a point the Tanzanian franchise has expanded to Kampala, Uganda.

According to him, South African investors are significant stakeholders in the development of Tanzania’s private sector and that local businesspeople should take advantage of the available trade and investments arrangements such as double taxation treaties to export to that country.

The fact that South Africans have advanced in technology and industrialization should also be a reason enough to do business with them.

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“The removal of visa requirements between the two countries is one big step that has increased visits of businessmen to and from both countries,” he said adding; “There is a huge market in South Africa, which is not fully utilized by our businesspeople, who either opt to go to China and other countries for their goods,” he said.The East African Business Council chairman Mr Felix Mosha said that South Africa is among the African top three huge investors in Tanzania and therefore with the business delegation visit it was imperative to expand existing investments and also attract more.”It is vital that both the Tanzania and South African business community use the opportunity to identify areas that it can work together in joint investments which are more advantageous for the country,” he said.One of these areas is technology transfer that is much more extensive in South Africa. Available data shows that investors from South Africa have invested in about 225 projects in Tanzania with a value of $803.15 million in various sectors of the economy, employing 20,916 people. South Africa is also the third-largest exporter to Tanzania, with a market share of 9.63 per cent.Trade volumes between Tanzania and South Africa have increased from $900 million in 2007 to $2.4 billion last year.But the trade deficit between the two countries is too high in favour of South Africa. For example while South Africa’s exports to Tanzania were $500-million in 2009, South Africa’s imports from Tanzania were $22 million in 2009 and grew to $44 million in 2010.Among some of the investments include, Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL), National Bank of Commerce (NBC), Anglo Gold Ashanti through Geita Gold Mine, Game Supermarkets and Shoprite. Investors from the rainbow nation have also invested in hospitality and tourism sectors, construction and real estate.Meanwhile, Tanzania Association of Tour Operators CEO Mr Sirili Akko has said the two countries are competitors in the tourism business but they need to find ways of working cooperation and joint investments.”We have more tourist attractions but they have expertise and know-how that is vital for business,” he said.Trade and economic relations between the two countries started more than two decades ago, soon after the majority rule in South Africa. But the relations were characterized by grievances, especially from the fact that Tanzania did not much benefit. Can the new vigour in trade relations produce beneficial results?The Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) director Mr Godfrey Simbeye thinks that it can.”With [President Magufuli]’s government I think Tanzania will now benefit. We are assured of the commitment and the support from the government. And we hope and expect that the most probale areas of cooperation will be in the sectors of manufacturing and agriculture and energy,” he said.On his part Honest Ngowi an economist from Mzumbe University said that the South African delegation is an opportunity that should be explored fully and evaluated on how the country benefited from the visit.”South Africa are leading investors in aviation, tourism and trade and we should explore fully their potential… we even send our people to South Africa for treatment apart from India, a fact that is very clear that we need to learn from them,” he said.One of the activities during President Zuma’s visit yesterday included the operationalization and launch of the South Africa- Tanzania Bi National Commission (BNC) which is useful for deepening existing bilateral economic and trade relations.Ends

Magufuli Assures South African Investors of Investment Opportunities

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President John Magufuli.

By Rosemary Mirondo

Dar es Salaam — President John Magufuli has assured a South African business delegation that is in the country of immense cooperation to explore numerous investment opportunities in the country.

He said this when addressing the Tanzania -South Africa business forum on Thursday.

Explaining about the opportunities, he said that among many opportunities, the country has 44 million hectors of land and only 10million hectors had been used thereby leaving a lot of land for investment.

He further added that the climate was favorable for agriculture and land fertile for all crops.

He said that the country requirement for fish was at least 400,000 tons annually but only 30,000 tones were produced. “We invite you to invest in the sector because in order to promote our fishery sector, the government has reduced income tax on fishing equipment and fish farming,” he stressed.

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He noted that there was also an opportunity to explore in the tourism sector citing the tour guide sector, tourism infrastructure among others.He further explained that there were a list of projects in the construction sector that they could invest in including design and that there was an opportunity for mineral processing investment as currently the country was selling unprocessed minerals and losing a lot.On his part, President Jacob Zuma said that they will explore the many investment opportunities provided by Tanzania.He said that South Africa was growing big in infrastructure development especially on road rails and ports that aim to stimulate economic growth that will link them to neighboring countries as well as the rest of the continent.He called on both countries to eliminate market barriers including tariffs and non-tariff barriers that hinder trade between the two countries.Meanwhile South Africa Minister of trade and industry Mr Rob Davis said they have developed a code of ethics for their companies operating in the continent to ensure the build the country’s image.”We encourage the whole continent to industrialize because it is the fastest way of building the economy,” he said.More on ThisSA, Tanzania Push for Stronger Trade Relations

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Karatu – Untold Story of Foreign Medics

By Syriacus Buguzi

Dar es Salaam — Last weekend, as news of the Arusha bus tragedy involving school children began to spread on social media, most people’s focus was on the children, teachers and a driver who lost their lives–at that moment, it was all shock and grief–and it did not matter to know who first rushed to the accident scene to rescue the victims who were trapped in the bus wreckage.

Pictures were seen trending on the internet showing foreigners wearing protective gear teaming up with local residents at the accident scene during a rescue process at Rotia Village, along the Arusha-Manyara road where the 35 people died in the accident.

Arusha being a tourist city, it just remained guesswork that the foreigners were perhaps tourists who were touched by the tragic nature of the school bus accident and had rushed in to help. But that remains the partial truth.

The foreigners were actually medical volunteers from the United States; who coincidentally arrived at the scene just minutes after the accident occurred. They were travelling to Ngorongoro District from Pohama village in Singida Region where they had gone to witness the construction of a mission hospital, according to Singida North MP Lazaro Nyalandu.

With the assistance of the locals, the medics managed to rescue three children who until today are admitted at Mount Meru Regional Hospital, according to the Arusha Regional Medical Officer, Dr Wonanji Timothy.

He said the medical volunteers from a charity organisation Siouxland Tanzania Educational Medical Ministries (STEMM) have been trying to intervene in helping the rescued children until yesterday.

He told The Citizen that the doctors were now making final arrangements to transfer the children to specialised hospitals in US for further medical management.

“What we are doing now is to ensure that the injured children are kept in a clinically stable state and that all the necessary tests including CT-scans and MRIs are done before we embark on a process to send them abroad. We will complete this soon,” said the RMO.


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