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Tanzania

The Hub's accomplishments in Tanzania to Date:  

  • To date the Hub has supported 53 firms and associations to increase their export competitiveness;
  • Fifteen (15) firms have been supported to participate in various trade shows resulting in 86 business linkages;
  • Hub facilitated AGOA exports as at June 30 2017 stood at $239,600;
  • Exports to other market destinations as a result of Hub support are $53,600;
  • Due to the expanding export opportunities, 28 new full time equivalent (FTE) jobs have been created, 64% of which are for women;
  • Supported development of Tanzania National AGOA Strategy;
  • Supported successful implementation of ePing electronic alert system;
  • Supported the adoption of Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures (SPS) notification submission system;
  • Supported use of ISOlutions which allows Tanzania to effectively participate in international standardization processes.

Related Blogs and Resources

Farmers in Tanzania urged to embrace modern storage options

Published on May 12, 2015
Shinyanga. Farmers in the Lake Zone regions have been urged to use modern crop storage methods in order to avoid the risk of fire in their stores. The call was made by UAP Insurance Development Business Manager Raymond Komanga when paying Sh83 million to Jielong Holdings as compensation for its cotton warehouse which was razed down by fire. Mr Komanga said that many farmers in the Lake Zone lacked education on how to store their crops in modern ways after harvesting them and many of them had not insured their produce and storage facilities, as a result when fire breaks out, they end up losing everything. Read more. Source | The Citizen
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Uganda, Tanzania farm produce bridges deficit

Published on May 06, 2015
Kenya is increasingly becoming a market for agriculture products from Uganda and Tanzania. According to the 2015 Economic Survey, massive imports of unmilled maize and sugar from the pair boosted their trade with Kenya by 27.2 per cent in 2014 compared with the previous year. This is good news for the two countries that are major destinations for Kenya’s industrial products. Kenya faced a maize shortage for part of last year while the perennial sugar shortage of about 300,000 metric tonnes provides a ready market for members of the trading bloc. The East African Community trade protocol allows countries unrestricted market access across the boundaries. Read more. Source | Daily Nation
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Tanzanian tech entrepreneurs gradually making their mark

Published on May 05, 2015
“Tanzania is often looked at as the slower brother in the region,” he says. “It is great to have a space where teams can meet and compete, and then take on the region and show perceptions towards Tanzania are outdated. I would put Tanzanian coders against Kenyan coders any day of the week.” Due to the success of mobile money platform M-Pesa and the proliferation of innovation spaces and tech start-ups, Kenya’s capital Nairobi has been dubbed ‘Silicon Savannah’. Kenyan tech entrepreneurs have attracted the attention of international media, investors and even executives of global IT companies like Google. With the lens focused on Kenya, Barretto notes neighbours such as Tanzania have suffered the disadvantages of under-exposure. Accessing financing, for instance, is harder with most investors choosing to be based in Nairobi. “It’s a lot harder for Tanzanian start-ups to secure investments,” he says. “That is one of the largest differences when comparing ecosystems in the region.” Running a tech start-up in Tanzania is in itself a challenging feat. The connectivity infrastructure is vulnerable to outages, there is insufficient supply of electricity, and regulations hinder the development of start-ups, such as the need to pre-pay taxes. But it is not all gloom. “There is opportunity to tap into what is becoming a growing middle class, [and that] is a huge potential for growing companies,” says Barretto. “Consumers are very ready to take on solutions. As long as you show that you are solving a problem or making life more efficient, people are willing to use your service and engage with you.” Read more. Source | How we made it in Africa
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Tanzania ports to be interconnected with fiber optic cable for increase In efficiency

Published on April 15, 2015
Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) will improve its efficiency with completion of a major Information Communication Technology project connecting its 13 branches throughout the country with fiber optic cable. The project will connect TPA with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) fiber optic cable through a system called Multiprotocal Label Switching Virtual Private Network (MPLS VPN). Through this system TPA is set to increase its efficiency, reduce paperwork and improve port services. Read more. Source | Tanzania Invest
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Tanzania horticulture exports rise by 38pc, earn $102m

Published on April 13, 2015
Horticulture is gradually becoming a driving force not only to Arusha where the industry first cropped up, but to the entire agricultural sector, fresh data shows. Data from Tanzania Revenue Authority shows $477 million worth of horticultural products were exported last year, up from $375 million in 2013, equivalent to 38 per cent of total agricultural exports valued at $1.18 billion. Analysts say horticulture offers a glimpse of hope for the agricultural sector on the backdrop of the declining traditional export crops including coffee and cotton.  Read more. Source | Citizen
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Daressalaam to host seventh East African media summit

Published on April 10, 2015
Daressalaam city has been chosen to host this year's installment of the East African Media Summit being organised by the EAC Secretariat together with the East African Business Council (EABC). The Head of Communications at the East African Community Secretariat in Arusha, Mr Richard Owora-Othieno, revealed here that both EAC and EABC as well as Heads of Media Houses across the region are finalising preparations for the 7th EAC-EABC Media Summit, which is to be held from 14 to 15 May 2015, at the Hyatt Kilimanjaro Hotel Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The 7th EAC-EABC Media Summit will bring together over 250 Media owners, CEOs, Publishers, Editors, prominent Media personalities and practitioners on a round table discussions . Read more. Source | All Africa.
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Feed the Future helps smallholder farmers in Tanzania access water

Published on April 10, 2015
Consistent access to water can make all the difference in the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Investments to improve water access technologies and infrastructure in Tanzania have opened the door to year-round crop production, resulting in a big payoff for smallholder farmers. A U.S. Agency for International Development program under the Feed the Future initiative works with teams of skilled young men to install shallow wells that ensure farmers have reliable water sources. The teams use low-cost hand drilling techniques that require limited materials and construction time. Costs are shared between the program and farmers, with the program providing technical expertise and other specialized services, while farmers provide additional labor and materials. Farmers then make subsequent investments in pumps and irrigation systems. Read more . Source | Feed the Future
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Tanzania sets up arbitration centre to boost investment appeal

Published on March 31, 2015
Tanzania is in the final stages of setting up an International Arbitration Centre that aims to hasten settlement of commercial disputes and promote foreign investments. The Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) executive secretary, Godfrey Simbeye, said all technicalities have been completed and they were awaiting to launch the centre in July this year to start its operations. "Our country has contracted major foreign investments and usually such investments encounter disputes which if taken to court take up to 10 years to reach a verdict thereby discouraging investors from investing in our country and the region as a whole," he said. In line with this, Dar es Salaam will be hosting the third East African International Arbitration Conference (EAIAC) early April this year, that is expected to highlight the importance of international arbitration as a tool for promoting foreign investment in the region with a focus on Tanzania. Read more. Source | The East African
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