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Tanzanians to attend Global Tourism Expo Fair in Berlin

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania is set to take part in the ITB Berlin, the world’s major tourism trade fair scheduled for March 8, a senior official said Tuesday.

Geoffrey Tengeneza a senior public relations officer with Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) said that among other things, the east African nation has lined up the famous Lateoli footprints as a priority area at the forthcoming global tourism fair- Internationale Tourismus Borse (ITB) show slated for Berlin, Germany.

He said that the country will bank on the legendary footprints, believed to belong to earliest human beings who lived in northern Tanzania nearly 4 million years ago, in Laetoli area within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCAA) to outclass its competitors, Kenya and South Africa.

Tengeneza said the body mandated to market and promote the country’s tourism destinations will use the footprints to wooing more tourists during the ITB expo.

“This year we use the Laetoli footprints as our best weapon among the many weapons in our armory at the ITB Berlin show,” he explained.



Chinese investors to build giant cement factory in Tanzania

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The Tanzanian government on Tuesday commended Chinese investors for a decision to build a giant cement manufacturing plant in the northeastern coastal city of Tanga.

The proposed plant is expected to be the giant in east and central Africa.

“The Chinese investors’ move is recommendable as it meant to meet country’s cement demand as well as making the products is available at a relative low price,” said Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa.

He made the remarks when he met with representatives of Sinoma and Hengya Cement (T) Ltd, Tanga Regional Commissioner, Martin Shigella and officials from the Tanzania Investment Center (TIC).

The proposed cement plant, which will be built along the Indian Ocean coastline in Tanga, will provide lots of opportunities as it’s in line with the Uganda-Tanga crude oil pipeline construction.

According to Majaliwa, construction of cement plant will act as a catalyst to Tanzania’s industrialization plan as well as speeding up country’s socioeconomic development.

President of  Sinoma Company Peng Jianxin said that the investment will be implemented in two phases, whereby in the first phase about 1 billion U.S. dollars will be spent.

He said that soon after production of cement, 70 percent of the product will be exported and 30 percent will be for local market.

“We’ll be using the Indian Ocean to export the produced cement to Somalia, Kenya and Mozambique. We’re also planning to export it to Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda,” the Chinese investor said.

The proposed plant is expected to start in May and construction of their own wharf will start during the same period so that the produced cement can be transported directly from the factory.


WB approves new fund for infrastructure investments in Tanzanian cities

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The World Bank announced on Tuesday that it has approved 130 million U.S. dollars in additional financing for infrastructure investments in seven cities in Tanzania.

The bank said in a statement that residents in the seven rapidly urbanizing cities in the East African nation will benefit from the funding to scale up infrastructure investments and promote growth.

The statement said the Tanzania Strategic Cities Project (TSCP) covering seven strategically important cities of Tanga, Arusha, Mwanza, Kigoma, Dodoma, Mbeya and Mtwara will enable them to keep up with the pace of rapid urbanization.

“Improving services in Tanzania’s medium-sized cities is critical to support the government’s industrialization goals,” said Bella Bird, the World Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Malawi, Somalia and Burundi.

“These cities play a key role to strengthen broader regional development, to connect people with markets, and provide the foundation to promote the growth of industries across the country,” she added.

With the objective of improving the quality of and access to basic urban services in participating local government authorities, the TSCP has been under implementation since September 2010, focusing on three components of core urban infrastructure and services, institutional strengthening and implementation support.

TSCP was initially financed by 175.5 million U.S. dollars, of which 163 million dollars was from the World Bank and 12.5 million dollars from Denmark.

The project first received additional financing in 2014 amounting to 50 million dollars from the World Bank and 6 million dollars from the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).


Tanzania to crack down on sachet-packed liquor

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania plans to carry out a major crackdown on producers, importers, distributors and consumers of alcoholic beverages packed in plastic sachets.

This is part of the Tanzanian government’s move to enforce the ban on the sachet-packed liquor, which came into effect on Wednesday under two ordinances: the National Environment Management 2004 and Intoxicating Liquors Act, 1968 and its 2012 amendments.

“The operation to enforce the ban on production, sale, and use of alcohol packed in plastic sachets will be carried out all over the country from March 2, this year, through safety and security committees and environmental protection committees at regional, district, division, ward, village and Mtaa levels,” said January Makamba, Tanzania’s Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office for Union Affairs and Environment.

He added: “These committees are required to submit their report during and after the operation to the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) and copy to the Vice President’s Office.”

The operation is likely to be a showdown because since the notice of the ban was issued, businesses depending on sachet-packed alcohol and their customers were caught between the rock and a hard place.

Most of the Tanzania’s shops have huge stocks of the product that they will have to dispose of to obey the law.

On the other hand, customers of the sachet-packed liquor customers will have to climb the ladder to comparatively expensive bottled liquors.

Whereas the cheapest sachet-packed liquor retail at 500 Tanzanian shillings (0.22 U.S. dollar), the cheapest bottled liquor goes for 3,500 Tanzanian shillings (1.57 dollars).

And manufacturers of the sachet-packed liquor who needed time to adjust to bottling technology were recently directed to apply for a temporary license.

On February 17, Tanzania’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said the government would with effect from March 1, not allow producers to use sachets to pack hard drinks. 



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