ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar
archipelago is grappling to fill the existing gap between
population increase rate and economic growth, a senior official
said on Sunday.
Zanzibar Minister for Finance and Planning said the situation
makes the war against poverty alleviation difficult as it
requires the economy to grow by 10 percent to address the
He described the
current population increase rate as the main challenge thwarting
the economic growth of the archipelago, which has been home to
humans for at least 20,000 years, which was the beginning of the
Later Stone Age.
population growth in Tanzania Mainland which is at 2.8 percent,
the official said that the population growth in Zanzibar is at
“Based on these
rates, population growth for Zanzibar is above our GDP,” the
minister said when speaking at the meeting for government
institutions involved in investments in the Indian Ocean
“We’re struggling to
bridge this gap. The growth of the economy is too slow compared
with the population increase rate,” the minister said.
Figures show that
economy was growing at 4.8 percent annually for Tanzania in
general; official data indicates that in Zanzibar the economic
growth slumped to 0.4 percent against a target of 5 percent.