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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.

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EAC countries 2017/18 budgets prioritise infrastructure, agric

Published on June 12, 2017
East African Community (EAC) member states have prioritised development expenditure as countries look to further strengthen the growth agenda of the regional economies. In the national budget estimates presented yesterday, Tanzania will be spending $14.21 billion and Uganda $8.09 billion in the fiscal year 2016/17. Rwanda plans to spend some Rwf2.09 trillion compared to the Rwf1.95 trillion spent this fiscal year. Kenya’s budget for the 2017/2018 fiscal year was presented in March to give room for the forthcoming general elections in August. The EAC states presented their 2017/18 budgets under the theme, ‘Industrialisation for job-creation and shared prosperity’. Read more. Source | New Times
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Boost social amenities to elevate agriculture

Published on June 07, 2017
Agriculture is the backbone of Tanzania’s economy, we are often reminded. Yet, it contributes only 30 per cent to the GDP, while providing jobs to 67 per cent the country’s people of employable age. With high rate of rural-urban migration, the number of young in our towns is much higher that the available jobs. It is like our young move to towns to escape from farming and livestock keeping. Climate change has resulted in poor rain and soil infertility and our youth notice that little is achievable by engaging in agriculture. They cannot see themselves leading good life from tilling the land. Negative attitudes towards agriculture can be reversed if more money is pumped into the sector. That is why we applaud the African Development Bank’s Sh209.5 billion support to Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB). Read more. Source | The Citizen
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Dar among top growing economies in 2018

Published on June 07, 2017
World Bank has forecasted Tanzania as the third fastest growing economy in Africa next year after Ethiopia and Ghana. In a brief report, Global Economic Prospects: Sub-Saharan Africa, the WB predicted Tanzania to grow 7.2 per cent behind Ghana 7.8 per cent and Ethiopia 8.3 per cent. The Breton Wood institute said the growth in Tanzania and Ethiopia, non-resource intensive countries, would be helped by public investment. “Growth in non-resource intensive countries is anticipated to remain solid, supported by infrastructure investment, resilient services sectors, and the recovery of agricultural production,” WB said in a statement issued on Sunday. The report brief further said weather-related risks are elevated in East Africa. “Worsening drought conditions will severely affect agricultural production, push food prices higher, and increase food insecurity in the subregion,” the bank said. Read more. Source | Daily News
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Cargo at Dar port predicted to increase

Published on May 31, 2017
A city based transporter predicts an increase of cargo traffic volume at the Dar es Salaam port thanks to improved efficiency and upgrading of infrastructure that has raised its competitive edge. Mr Aly Dewji, the Director of Simba Logistics said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that transporters were seen to have renewed trust after the port improved efficiency in cargo handling and upgrading of infrastructure as part of modernisation of the port under support of development partners. The port should also expect more cargo traffic volume from projected trade rebound from a slowdown due to commodity price slump. “We expect a boom in logistics business this year after a slight slump last year," he said at a brief ceremony to receive ten Mercedes Benz trucks which it imported from the United Kingdom through an asset financing it acquired from NIC Bank Tanzania Limited. Read more. Source | Daily News
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Small-scale traders’ plea on passports

Published on May 31, 2017
The requirement that one needs to have a passport in order to move outside the country is barring Tanzanian small-scale traders from accessing a wider market under the East African Community (EAC), The Citizen has learnt. As a result, they are largely confined to Tanzania’s boundaries even as they are legally allowed to sell their products – under domestic terms – to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan under the EAC Common Market arrangement. Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the chairman for an association that brings together operators of small businesses and petty traders – popularly known as Vibindo Society – Mr Gaston Kikuwi said as small-scale traders and business owners, they usually find it difficult to go through the bureaucracy of getting required passports. Read more. Source | The Citizen
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Innovation week takes place in Dar

Published on May 16, 2017
At least 1,000 participants will take part in the innovation week to support innovators with opportunities to find new solutions on health, education and water and sanitation challenges. The innovation week 2017 that begins today has been organised by Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) in partnership with the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF), a UK Aid Investment in Innovation in Tanzania that was launched in Dar es Salaam at the weekend. Human Investment Team Leader in Tanzania for the Department for International Development (DFID), Ms Jane Miller said the initiative supports local innovators to come up with solutions of the society problems. Read more. Source | Daily News
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What Tanzania should do to accelerate growth and deepen financial inclusion

Published on April 19, 2017
Two Tanzanian entrepreneurs: Hadiya and Mzuzi. Hadiya built a successful micro-business taking advantage of mobile money services, including money transfers and savings products that are low cost and safe, as well as short term micro-loans. Mzuzi, owner of a small 10-person enterprise, is facing a financial crisis despite huge personal drive and inventiveness, because of his inability to access credit to expand his business. The stories of these two entrepreneurs embody the experiences of real-life Tanzanians seeking to extend opportunities for themselves and their families. Read more. Source | The Citizen
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Cross-border traders urge Tanzania to join e-Cargo systems

Published on April 03, 2017
After Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda commissioned the Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS), Tanzania is also being engaged to join the system so as to further boost trade along the Kigali-Dar es Salaam route, officials confirm.In Rwanda, establishment of the e-Cargo tracking system meant to reduce the cost of doing business by reducing transit time, enhancing cargo safety and helping traders better predict arrival of goods, was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through Trademark East Africa (TMEA) at a cost of $4.5 million (nearly Rwf3.7 billion). Read more. Source | New Times
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