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Kenya consumers will soon start buying natural gas from Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Kenya will soon start buying natural gas from Tanzania instead of ordering the commodity from outside Africa, said a statement issued on Saturday by the Directorate of Presidential Communication in Chato in northwest region of Geita.

The statement said Kenya’s decision to buy natural gas from Tanzania was reached during talks between Tanzanian President John Magufuli and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta in Chato, Magufuli’s native home.

Kenyatta, who was on a two-day private visit to Tanzania, and his host Magufuli, directed responsible ministers for energy in the two countries to hasten the deal, said the statement signed by Gerson Msigwa, Director of Presidential Communication at State House.

With 57 trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves, Tanzania is ahead of its partner states in the East African Community bloc in gas discoveries.


Tanzania leader blasts
lawmakers for condoning
recent encroachment on
protected game reserves

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli has blasted some MPs for allowing people to encroach on protected game reserves for fear of losing votes during elections.

"People living close to protected game reserves encroached the reserves and MPs remained silent for fear of losing votes during elections," Magufuli said inaugurating the newly upgraded Burigi-Chato National Park in the northwest region of Geita.


Ubungo Interchange which is being constructed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), in Dar es Salaam | Coastweek

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Ubungo Interchange which is being constructed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The construction of the Ubungo Interchange will ease transportation in Dar es Salaam as well as contribute to its scenic beauty upon completion. XINHUA PHOTO - STRINGER
"We should not compromise our protected areas for political gains," he said in remarks broadcast live on state-owned Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation.

He warned that if people are allowed to encroach on areas earmarked for wildlife conservation, all efforts to protect wildlife will be ineffective.

Magufuli also lashed out at local leaders who take bribes from livestock keepers to allow them to graze their animals in protected areas.

African Development Bank plans upgrading Tanzania’s borrowing profile

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The African Development Bank (AfDB) is considering upgrading Tanzania’s profile to enable the country borrow more from the continental lender, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Alex Mubiru, AfDB country manager for Tanzania, made the remarks in the country’s capital, Dodoma, during his meeting with Minister for Finance and Planning Philip Mpango.

According to a statement issued by the Tanzania’s Ministry of Finance and Planning, Mubiru said the upgrade, if approved, will see Tanzania’s borrowing eligibility jump from the current 350 million U.S. dollars to 812 million dollars a year.

The status elevation for Tanzania has been considered by the lender because of the country’s steady economic growth and its debt sustainability, he said.

"This will enable Tanzania to access more financing from AfDB for implementation of various development projects," Mubiru said in the statement.

Mpango, for his part, said Tanzania is proud to work with the AfDB and thanked the lender for financing many key infrastructure projects in the capital, Dodoma.

Tanzania inflation rate rises to 3.7 percent in June

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s annual headline inflation rate for June has increased to 3.7 percent from 3.5 percent recorded in May, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Monday.

Releasing the statistics in the country’s capital Dodoma, Director for Economic Statistics of NBS Daniel Masolwa said the increase of the headline inflation explains that the speed of price change of commodities has increased.

He said the food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation rate increased to 2.2 percent from 0.9 percent in June, 2018.

Annual inflation rate for food consumed at home and away from home for the month of June increased to 4.3 percent from 3.9 percent recorded in May.

"On the other hand, the annual index change for non-food products in June has stagnated at 4.7 percent as it was recorded in May," he said.

The annual inflation rate which excludes food and energy for June has slightly decreased to 3.4 percent from 3.5 percent recorded in May.


Tanzania reduces Foreign budget dependence to
four percent says Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Friday the government has reduced foreign budget dependence from 12.5 percent in 2017/2018 financial year to 4 percent in 2019/2020 financial year.

Majaliwa said the government will continue reducing foreign funding in its budget, which he said was basis for creating a middle income status by 2025 under the leadership of President John Magufuli.

He was speaking at the 53rd Executive Meeting of the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam where he represented President Magufuli who is on a short vacation in his native village of Chato in northwest Tanzania.

"The improvement of the budget is done in tandem with the development of social services such as education, water and reduction of poverty," the premier told the meeting which was also used to raise funds for the CCT’s investment projects.

Tanzania is planning dynamic campaign to end poaching

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian wildlife authorities on Sunday urged the country’s state-run wildlife training institute to introduce new skills and techniques in its training that focused on ending poaching.

Robert Mande, the Assistant Director In-charge of the National Anti-poaching Unit in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, tasked the Pasiansi Wildlife Training Institute to introduce the new training skills and techniques.

Speaking at a workshop to review the curriculum of the Pasiansi Wildlife Training Institute, Mande said the institute’s curriculum should provide new techniques to the students to empower them to combat poaching more effectively.

He said his ministry had found it necessary to review the current curriculum and develop a new course of wildlife management, tour guiding and security.

The official said poaching and illegal trade in fauna and flora continued to deprive Tanzania of its valuable resources which constituted sustainable sources of revenue for the government.

He said various national initiatives must be put in place to support the fight against poaching and illegal trade in wildlife as well as minimizing the negative impact caused by poaching.

Mande said the Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants Tanzania report for 2018 showed that the killing of elephants had been reduced from 193 per year in 2013 to 19 in 2018 and that the animals’ population was now increasing.

Tanzania plans to protect river against further environmental ruin

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s ecological conservation watchdog said on Saturday plans were afoot to protect the Great Ruaha River from further environmental degradation.

The river is located in south-central Tanzania flowing through the Usangu wetlands and the Ruaha National Park east into the Rufiji River.

Christopher Timbuka, the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) Southern Zone Senior Commissioner, said unfriendly human activities have put the river under alarming stress of long dry spells.

Plans to protect the river included improving infrastructure and providing citizens with alternative means to earn income instead of depending water on the river, he said in a seminar of local editors and senior journalists organized by TANAPA in the northwest region of Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria.

"The Great Ruaha River which used to flow throughout the year could go dry for six months in a year," said Timbuka.

In April 2017, Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan launched a special task force to rescue the Great Ruaha River ecology from rampant environmental degradation.

"The Great Ruaha River ecology is in bad shape. We need fast and immediate intervention to address the situation," said Hassan.

Tanzania’s SGR to commence operations in December

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian authorities said on Saturday the first phase operation of the standard gauge railway (SGR) between the business capital Dar es Salaam and Morogoro covering about 200 kilometers was set to commence in December 2019.

Isack Kamwele, the east African nation’s Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, said in a news conference in Dar es Salaam that procurement process for wagons and locomotive engines has been completed.

Kamwele said procurement of 1,430 cargo wagons, 20 locomotives, 60 passenger carriages and five sets of multiple trains has begun.

"We have already set some funds to purchase the engines and we expect by this December the maiden operation of SGR from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro will start," said him.

Kamwele directed the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) authorities to ensure some local sub-contractors were paid on time to speed up the construction process and avoid corruption within the SGR project.

"The contractor of SGR project is so far doing a good job, unfortunately, I have been receiving some complaints from sub-contractors that the contractor was delaying to pay them," he said.

"Once local contractors do their work they should be paid on time to avoid delaying the SGR project," said the minister.


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