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Overseas Tanzanians urged to support development of Zanzibar

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- President Ali Mohamed Shein of the Zanzibar archipelago on Sunday urged Tanzanians living abroad to support the island’s development by investing in economic and education sectors.

“Tanzania diaspora can play a vital role in boosting economic development,” Shein told the opening the 5th Tanzania Diaspora Conference in Chake Chake.

The Zanzibar government has completed preparations for the formulation of the diaspora policy of Zanzibar, aimed at ensuring better development strategy in collaboration with Tanzanians living abroad, he said.

The government will provide full support to Tanzanians living abroad who wished to invest in Zanzibar, Shein said.

Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania.



Tanzania on track to attaining middle income status: President

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Saturday assured the east African nation’s citizens that his government’s sound implementation of development projects was pushing the country to a middle income status.

“Efforts to build a new Tanzania have started paying dividends with the implementation of grand development projects that go in tandem with resolving problems facing people,” Magufuli said in Mwanza on his way to a vacation in his native village of Chato in Geita region.

He said in a statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam that other efforts aimed at pushing the country to the middle income status were the revival of the national airline, the construction of roads and bridges, the delivery of free education and many other development projects that have created jobs for the youth.

“Our efforts to rebuild Tanzania are now seen across the country,” he said.

When President Magufuli took power in November 2015, he vowed to reduce bureaucracy in order to accelerate the implementation of government decisions and projects.

He also imposed austerity measures to reduce expenditures that can be avoided; and restore discipline to government and public service to increase transparency and accountability.

“In order to implement this we will reduce the size of the cabinet, increase supervision in the collection of taxes to plug tax evasion. We will ensure that those who are supposed to pay taxes pay accordingly,” the President said.

“We will increase discipline in government expenditure to ensure that money that is saved goes to development projects. We will administer the laws, regulations and procedures of accountability to leaders and public servants,” he added.

Tanzania’s economy has been improving and growing on an average of 7 percent annually.



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