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President John Magufuli sacks both his Industry
Minister and Taxaxation Commissioner General

by Lucas Liganga DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Saturday sacked the Minister for Industry and Trade, Joseph Kakunda, and the Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), Charles Kichere.

The sacking of the two senior government officials was announced in a statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

President Magufuli sacked the two officials a day after meeting prominent businessmen from across the country who complained about poor performance of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and TRA.

The statement said Magufuli appointed Innocent Bashungwa new Minister for Industry and Trade, adding that the president also appointed Edwin Mhede new TRA Commissioner General.

The statement said before his new appointment, Bashungwa was Deputy Minister for Agriculture.

The new TRA Commissioner General Mhede was Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said the statement.

It said Kichere who was TRA Commissioner General has been appointed Njombe Regional Administrative Secretary.

On Friday, Magufuli pointed out a number of challenges that disrupted the business environment in the east African nation and vowed to address them.

Magufuli criticized state-owned institutions for creating unfavorable business climate.

The president was addressing prominent businessmen in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam in a meeting broadcast live by state-owned television Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation.

He said the existence of excessively complicated administrative procedures in government was one of the factors that discouraged sustainable growth of business activities.

He told the business people from all districts and regions across the country that the current bureaucracy in the government made it difficult for the business environment to flourish in the country.

Magufuli said the tax burden was another challenge, particularly in the tourism sector.

The head of state condemned the tendency of some local government authorities of introducing new taxes without prior consultations with the central government.
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Tanzanian president vows to address challenges
disrupting business environment

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday pointed out a number of challenges that disrupted the business environment in the east African nation and vowed to address them.

Magufuli criticized state-owned institutions for creating unfavorable business climate.

The president was addressing prominent businessmen in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam in a meeting broadcast live by state-owned television Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC).

He said the existence of excessively complicated administrative procedures in government was one of the factors that discouraged sustainable growth of business activities.

He told the business people from all districts and regions across the country that the current bureaucracy in the government made it difficult for the business environment to flourish in the country.

Magufuli said the tax burden was another challenge particularly in the tourism sector.

The head of state condemned the tendency of some local government authorities of introducing new taxes without prior consultations with the central government.

The president admitted that despite the government’s efforts to end corruption, there were still some government officials who embraced the malpractice.

"I am aware there are some government officials at the Tanzania Revenue Authority and Tanzania Ports Authority and other authorities who demand and receive bribes from traders," he told the businessmen at State House.

At the same time, Magufuli admitted that the government has for many years failed to put in place a proper mechanism to empower small-scale entrepreneurs.

However, Magufuli reassured them of his government’s commitment to empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

"The SMEs contribute revenue to the gross domestic product. A failure to empower them does not only affect them but also denies the government sufficient revenues," he said.

He further criticized financial institutions for their failure to issue soft loans to low-profile business people in the country.

"Most of the loans are issued to big companies based in urban centers yet there are business people in rural areas that also need capital," he said.

Magufuli instructed relevant authorities to effectively address the challenge and make sure the loans also benefited small-scale entrepreneurs in the country.
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Fifteen new dairy industries established in Tanzania: official

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian government’s decision to control haphazard importation of dairy products has led to the establishment of 15 new dairy industries in the east African nation, an official said Thursday.

Sophia Mlote, the Acting Registrar of the Tanzania Dairies Board, said the 15 new dairy industries have a total capacity of processing about 90,400 liters of milk a day.

"The new dairy industries will largely contribute to creation of job opportunities in the country," Mlote told a news conference in the capital Dodoma.

She said the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries launched a special operation last year aimed at controlling haphazard importation of dairy products which suffocated the local market.

Debating budget estimates for the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries recently, Members of Parliament commended the ministry for controlling imports of the dairy products.

They said the move enabled local producers of dairy products to breathe a sigh of relief after they were assured of a reliable market for their products.
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Tanzania stages tourism roadshows in Europe: official

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s tourism watchdog said on Thursday it has launched a six-day tourism roadshow in some European countries to promote the nation’s tourist attractions.

Ten Tanzanian tourist companies are participating in the roadshows that started June 3 and will last through June 8 in London, Brussels, Paris and Lyon, said Francis Malugu, marketing officer of Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB).

"During our visits to the United Kingdom, Belgium and France, we expect the visitors from these countries to increase as we look forward to meeting the target of reaching 2 million tourists annually by 2020," Malugu said.

The TTB and its delegations have met about 135 tour agents from London, Brussels, Paris and Lyon who have agreed to start promoting Tanzania as a preferred destination in their respective countries, said the official.

According to Malugu, another tourism roadshow will be held in China later this year.

Last year, the TTB conducted a similar event in Mumbai, India, where it managed to reach over 300 tourist agents.

Tourism is one of Tanzania’s largest foreign exchange earners, contributing an average of 2 billion U.S. dollars annually, which is equivalent to 25 percent of all foreign exchange earnings, according to government data.

             

 

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