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Illegal fishing with dynamite across Tanzania is
'almost under control' says government official

by Lucas Liganga DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Illegal fishing which was widespread in Tanzania is now almost under control, a government senior official said on Monday.

"Illegal fishing is now almost over in Tanzania after authorities succeeded in fighting against the deadly dynamite fishing in the country’s waters of the Indian Ocean and great lakes," said Abdallah Ulega, the Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries.

Speaking at a fish market at Kunduchi on the shores of the Indian Ocean in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Ulega said after the government had embarked on stern operations against illegal fishing, it was now evident that the malpractice had been largely controlled.

"There have been no reported incidences of illegal fishing using dynamite explosives this year," the official said.

He said good cooperation between authorities and fishermen was among reasons behind achievements recorded in the fight against illegal fishing.

In October 2015, a marine scientist warned that Tanzania faced a resurgence of blast-fishing driven by the availability of illegally-traded industrial explosives and detonation materials.

Jason Rubens, the director of Sound Ocean Ltd, a marine environment organization, said blast-fishing occurred in all 16 Tanzania mainland coastal districts and municipalities with Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Mtwara and Lindi coastal areas cited as hotspots due to lack of regulation.

Rubens said enforcement to fight blast fishing has been weak since 2002 and was caused by various reasons, including lack of operational funding, corruption and lack of investigative approach.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

Tanzania to host 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association Africa regional conference: Speaker

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania will host the 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa regional conference planned from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, the east African nation’s Parliament Speaker, Job Ndugai, said on Thursday.

"Over 400 delegates from Commonwealth member states will attend the conference to be held in Zanzibar," Ndugai told a news conference in the capital Dodom.

Ndugai said the conference will be attended by speakers, deputy speakers and ambassadors from member states of the CPA, an organization which works to support good governance, democracy and human rights.

"Parliamentary speakers and ambassadors from countries which are not members of the Commonwealth have also been invited to the conference to be graced by Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein," said the Speaker.

He said more than 13 countries have already confirmed to participate in the conference which he said will help to promote the country’s abundant tourist attractions.

"The preparations for the conference were in full swing," said him.
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Tanzania’s ruling party thanks China for donation of street lights

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) thanked the Chinese embassy Thursday for donating street lights to the country’s leading public university.

CCM Secretary General Bashiru Ally thanked the Chinese embassy for funding the installation of 35 solar street lights at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).
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Wang Ke [left], Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania and William Anangisye, Vice Chancellor for the University of Dar es Salaam | Coastweek

  "The street lights will improve security at the university, especially during night time," said Ally, a former lecturer at the university.

Speaking shortly before he launched the street lights along Chief Kunanmbi Street, he said China’s contribution to UDSM was indelible for continued support of the university’s academic status and infrastructure.

He said the landmark 41-million-U.S.-dollar library complex funded by China at the university was another testimony of China’s commitment toward assisting Tanzania in achieving its development goals.

The library complex covers an area of 4.7 hectares with a floor area of 20,000 square meters. It consists of a library, a Confucius Institute and a Sino-Tanzanian Cultural Exchange park. With the capacity of stocking 800,000 books, the library can house 2,100 people at the same time.

Wang Ke, the Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, said the street lights will greatly facilitate the night-time travel and learning and social activities of teachers, students and the public.

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Wang Ke [left], Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania and William Anangisye, Vice Chancellor for the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) exchange agreement documents during a ceremony to donate solar street lights at the university in Dar es Salaam. Tanzanian ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) thanked the Chinese Embassy for donating street lights to country’s leading public university. XINHUA PHOTO
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China will continue to deepen China-Tanzania exchanges and pragmatic cooperation in education and related fields in order to benefit the two peoples, she said.
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Tanzania’s central bank directs commercial banks to establish data centers

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s central bank on Saturday directed all commercial banks and financial institutions to put in place a primary or secondary data center in the east African nation.

A statement issued by the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) and signed by BoT’s deputy governor for Financial Stability and Deepening, Bernard Kibesse, directed the banks and financial institutions to reconfirm to the central bank compliance status within seven days from the date the directive was made.

The statement said the compliance will be followed by testing of the data center.

"Any bank or financial institution which will be found not to have complied with the requirements, shall be liable to a penalty of 5 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 2.2 million U.S. dollars)," said the statement.

The statement said BoT has noted with serious concern that most of the banks and financial institutions have not provided a true position on compliance with the requirements to put in place the data center.
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At least 60 countries to participate in Tanzania’s tourism expo: official

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- At least 60 countries from across the world are expected to participate in the Swahili International Tourism Expo (SITE) to be held in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam in October, organizers said on Wednesday.

Devota Mdachi, the Managing Director of the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and organizer of the expo, said 200 tourist companies from the 60 countries and 400 tourist agents will take part in the expo.

SITE showcases the travel possibilities in Tanzania within and beyond the well-known attractions in national parks, around Mount Kilimanjaro and on the beautiful beaches on the Island of Zanzibar.

"Tanzanian embassies abroad have done an excellent job of registering tourist companies and agents, and media companies to participate in the tourism expo," Mdachi told a news conference in Dar es Salaam.

Mdachi said the tourism expo will be held from October 18 to October 20.

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.
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Air Tanzania plane held by South African court in Johannesburg: official

by Lucas Liganga DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- An aircraft owned by Tanzania’s state-run airline was being held in Johannesburg by a South African court, a senior official said on Friday night.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication Leonard Chamuriho said in a statement that the aircraft belonging to Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) was being held by orders from the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.
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The aircraft which was on scheduled commercial flight between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg was being held at O.R. International Airport in Johannesburg, said the statement without giving reasons for the holding of the plane.

"According to reports that the government has received from our ambassador in South Africa, the aircraft is being held following an order by the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg," said the statement.

The statement added that the government through the Attorney General was making a follow up on the issue so that the plane was released immediately and proceeds with its flights.

 

Air Tanzania Airbus 220-300 | Coastweek

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --Air Tanzania Airbus 220-300 owned by Tanzania’s state-run airline has been held in Johannesburg by a South African court. XINHUA PHOTO
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"The Minister for Works, Transport and Communication apologizes to passengers who were scheduled to fly from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam for the inconvenience that has occurred," said the statement.

ATCL launched its maiden flight to South Africa’s business capital Johannesburg in June, this year, a move that was described by officials of the airline as aimed at bolstering relations between the two countries.

Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communications Elias Kwandikwa said the South African route was vital for strengthening relations between two countries.

Kwandikwa said the new route will help in reducing time that was spent by passengers who were forced to connect through either Ethiopia or Kenya.

Emmanuel Koroso, the Chairman of ATCL Board of Directors, said South Africa was a very important market, especially in the tourism sector.

President John Magufuli prioritized investment in Air Tanzania when he took office in 2015, vowing to revive the loss-making carrier because of the potential to boost the vital tourism sector, a top foreign exchange earner.

Magufuli has since then bought eight brand new planes for the national airline, with six of them already delivered.

The airline had only one plane before Magufuli embarked on the investment drive in 2016.
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 FLASHBACK - JUNE 2019

Tanzania’s national airline spreads its wings
to South Africa to bolster relations: official

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s state-owned airline on Friday launched its maiden flight to South Africa’s business capital Johannesburg, a move described by an official as aimed at bolstering relations between the two countries.

Elias Kwandikwa, Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, said the South African route was vital for strengthening relations between two countries.

"Today is a very special day for Air Tanzania after we managed to launch our new route and we shall soon launch other flights to India and China," said the official.

He was speaking shortly before Air Tanzania Corporation Limited’s (ATCL’s) newly acquired Airbus 220-300 left from the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam for Johannesburg at 10.30 a.m. local time.

Kwandikwa said the new route will help in reducing the time that was spent by passengers who were forced to connect through either Ethiopia or Kenya.

Emmanuel Koroso, the Chairman of ATCL Board of Directors, said South Africa was a very important market, especially in the tourism sector.

President John Magufuli prioritized investment in Air Tanzania when he took office in 2015, vowing to revive the loss-making carrier because of the potential to boost the vital tourism sector, a top foreign exchange earner.

Magufuli has since then bought eight brand new planes for the national airline, with six of them already delivered.

The airline had only one plane before Magufuli embarked on the investment drive in 2016.

           

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