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Tanzania saves over US 400 million dollars from foreign travel ban 

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s ban on foreign travels of public servants has saved the East African nation 429.5 million U.S. dollars between November 2015 and November 2016, the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) said Thursday.

BoT said in its economic review for December that the reduction in travel expenses was a result of President John Magufuli’s order limiting foreign travel by government officials, issued just a few days after he assumed office on November 5, 2015.

The bank said Tanzania spent 774.4 million dollars in overseas travels between November 2015 and November 2016, a significant decrease from 1.2 billion dollars spent in the same period between November 2014 and November 2015.

“Travel payments declined by about 36 percent, consistent with the government move to reduce foreign travel costs,” said the review.

The review said the reduction in travel payments was in tandem with the general decline in imports with the exception of oil and industrial raw materials.

In his speech on November 6, 2015, Magufuli said foreign travel by government officials cost the government 178 million dollars in air tickets, allowances and training between 2013/14 and 2014/15.

“That money could have been used to construct a 400-kilometre road,” the president said.



Tanzania suspends three online television services

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The Tanzania Regulatory Authority (TCRA) on Thursday suspended three online television stations pending issuance of regulations for digital television.

James Kilaba, TCRA Director General, said in a statement that the Electronic and Postal Communications Act (Cap 306) requires providers of all such services to obtain permits from TCRA.

Kilaba directed digital stations, which were much loved in and outside the East African country, to forthwith stop providing TV services online.

The suspended TV services were Michuzi TV, AYO TV and Global TV.

The owners of the online digital services said they were shocked by the sudden order at a time when the new regulations had not been put in place.

They have requested for the permission to continue to temporarily provide services, while waiting for the regulations.



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