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Tanzania will create special authority to promote Beach Tourism

DAR ES 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.

Constantine Kanyasu, 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 arrivals.

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 Harare.

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.

Zimbabwe’s new administration should be given a chance: Tanzanian president

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 Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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 growth.

"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 20 years.

Mnangagwa and Magufuli lauded the two countries’ strong political relations, but stressed the need to extend the ties to economic and trade cooperation.



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