SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The government of Tanzania is in the final stage of
establishing a special authority charged with promoting
beach tourism in the nation, a senior official told
parliament on Wednesday.
the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism,
said the authority will ensure that the country’s
beautiful beaches were put into proper use as a
destination for tourists from across the world.
Kanyasu was answering a special-seat Member of
Parliament Amina Mollel, who asked what the government
was doing to diversify tourism instead of relying on
traditional tourism, like wild animals.
Kanyasu also asked if the government was ready to
develop Coco Beach in the commercial capital Dar es
Salaam and other beaches in the country.
In November last year, Tanzanian Prime Minister
Kassim Majaliwa announced that the government was
establishing a beach management directorate aimed at
promoting beach tourism in the country.
"We instructed the ministry responsible for tourism
to ensure that we improve our lakes and sea beaches for
the country’s development and the ministry is working on
the instructions," Majaliwa told the National Assembly.
Tourism is one of the largest foreign exchange
earners of Tanzania, contributing an average of 2
billion U.S. dollars to the country annually, which is
equivalent to 25 percent of all exchange earnings,
according to the government data.
A report released in June 2017 rated Tanzania’s
tourism industry as one of the fastest growing sectors
in the country with figures showing a surge on tourist
The report was jointly compiled by the Ministry of
Natural Resources and Tourism, the Bank of Tanzania, the
National Bureau of Statistics, the Immigration
Department and the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism.
Tanzania ready to
sell 700,000 tonnes of maize to Zimbabwe: Magufuli
DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Wednesday his
country was ready to sell 700,000 tonnes of maize to
Zimbabwe, which is facing food shortage.
A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential
Communication in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam
said Magufuli made the offer during talks with
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the capital
According to the statement, Magufuli, who is on a
state visit to Zimbabwe, said Tanzania harvested 16.8
million tonnes of maize during the previous season while
the country’s demand for maize was 13.5 million tonnes.
"We have a surplus of 3.3 million tonnes of maize
which we can sell to other countries facing food
shortage," said Magufuli.
According to the statement, Magufuli also expressed
his disappointment over the slow pace of implementation
of a Joint Permanent Commission between the two
countries since 1998.
He said the slow pace of the implementation of the
commission was delaying undertaking of economic and
development projects between the two countries.
For his part, Mnangagwa thanked Magufuli for his
offer to sell 700,000 tonnes of maize, saying
Zimbabweans facing food shortage will be happy receiving
food supplies from Tanzania.
administration should be given a chance: Tanzanian
HARARE (Xinhua) --
Incoming SADC chairman
and Tanzanian President John Magufuli has called for the
unequivocal lifting of Western sanctions on Zimbabwe to
give the country a chance to realize its full potential.
Magufuli, who is on a two-day working visit to
Zimbabwe, said this on Tuesday night at a state banquet
held for him by his Zimbabwean counterpart President
He said Zimbabwe had turned a new leaf under the
administration of Mnangagwa and deserved to be given a
chance, state news agency New Ziana reported.
He said under the new leadership, the country had
made significant economic gains, including attracting
record investment and registering positive economic
"If these achievements will be sustained, and with
the support of the international community, Zimbabwe
will surely turn a leaf. In this respect I wish to call
on the international community to lift sanctions on the
brotherly country Zimbabwe," Magufuli said.
He said Zimbabwe had opened a new chapter and was
ready to engage with the rest of the world.
The Tanzanian leader said the embargo, which has been
in place for nearly two decades, largely affected the
poor, women and children.
The government has blamed the Western embargo for
fuelling the country’s economic challenges over the past
Mnangagwa and Magufuli lauded the two countries’
strong political relations, but stressed the need to
extend the ties to economic and trade cooperation.