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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

Anticipation and expectation as Agritech Expo Tanzania nears

Published on January 27, 2017
The Tanzanian agri hub of Arusha is expecting the arrival of more than 2000 farmers and agri experts this week for the first outdoor, B2B farming expo of its kind as Agritech Expo Tanzania kicks off on Thursday 26 January. “The Agritech Expo Tanzania team is ready and excited, as are our partners and exhibitors,” says event director Yolanda dos Santos. She adds: “we look forward to giving all our visitors a great experience at the show. We have an extensive offering, from demonstrations of the latest, innovative technology and farm equipment to crop trials, free interactive training and farmer workshops to professional consultations and loads of networking opportunities. The event promises to be a game changer for the agri sector in Tanzania!” Read more. Source | The Exchange
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Seizing AGOA Opportunities in East Africa: African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA)

Published on January 18, 2017
Seizing AGOA Opportunities in East Africa is a production of the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (The Hub). It highlights the work of the Hub’s Component 3 – Trade Promotion and AGOA, and briefly describes the legislation AGOA.  The trifold also outlines the general steps to follow when exporting to the U.S. under AGOA, and provide information on how to engage with the Hub on issues of trade promotion and AGOA.
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One-stop border posts praised for making EAC a leading trading bloc in Africa

Published on January 11, 2017
The introduction of one-stop border posts has been hailed for improving trade among East African Community (EAC) member countries. The border posts have also made EAC a major economic bloc in Africa, according East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) member and Kenya chapter secretary Judith Pareno. Ms Pareno made the remarks during an EALA sensitisation forum in Isiolo on Tuesday. She lauded the assembly for removing trade barriers at border points, saying the changes had resulted in faster and more efficient movement of people and goods. Read more. Source |Daily Nation
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Postharvest losses still major challenge in East Africa

Published on January 09, 2017
Small holder farmers can reduce post-harvest losses and improve income by adopting better storage management practices and technologies. According to Food and Agriculture Organisations (FAO) about one third of the food produced globally is lost or wasted representing a loss of 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year. In Tanzania, results from different research studies demonstrate that farmers lose up to 40 per cent of the harvest through post-harvest losses. It is from this backdrop that the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) moved up to organise Post-harvest technology congress next year to address and reduce the level of loss that account for more than 30 per cent of the food produced for human consumption. IREN’s Chief Executive Officer Mr James Shikwati said, This competition will enable us to identify a range of technologies that have the potential to help the continent confront and counter the huge challenges in postharvest management. IREN is coordinating the congress in partnership with the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub and Syngenta. Read more. Source | Daily News  
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Campaign to boost fertiliser use begins

Published on January 09, 2017
Yara Tanzania has launched a campaign ‘YaraMila cereal raffle draw’ that will see farmers increase use of fertilizers so as to boost agriculture production and maintain soil fertility. The campaign, which was launched recently in Mbeya Region is set to take place in 11 villages such as Igawa, Ubaruku, Mbarali estate, Kapunga, Rujewa, Madibira, Mapogoro, Chimala, Nyelegete, Mkunywa and Mahango of Mbeya and Iringa regions”. Launching the campaign, Mbarali Estate Deputy Director, Ms Tyatawelu Mongo said Yara has been playing a big role in educating farmers on the proper farming methodologies especially on the application of fertilizers. “I must admit, this is a unique way of sharing knowledge with farmers. Read more. Source | Daily News
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SMEs challenged on quality product production

Published on December 21, 2016
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the soul of Tanzania’s planned industrial revolution, thus must produce quality products. This was said by the Minster for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Charles Mwijage in Dar es Salaam yesterday while opening Mikono Fair Trade Shop in Keko area. “Name any industrial country in the world; the rock bed and biggest contributor to that country’s industrial revolution were the SMEs. Tanzania will pass through the same historical path,” he said. He said he was satisfied with the quality products produced by SMEs, adding that quality will guarantee them local and foreign markets. He thanked producers who are keen on quality, pledging government’s full support and coo-operation in looking for local and foreign markets for their products. Read more. Source | Daily News
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Govt outlines plans to make TZ the best investment destination

Published on December 20, 2016
Industry, Trade and Investments minister Charles Mwijage has said it was high time Tanzania highlighted its investment opportunities before the international stage in a bid to enhance its business climate. Mr Mwijage said he has drawn an inspiration from the current branding of Africa as “the next investment destination.’’ Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) and the Oxford Business Group (OBG), the minister said Tanzania was now better positioned in terms of investments. Read more. Source | The Citizen
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Ugandan traders ask Tanzania to harmonise cargo transit fees

Published on December 15, 2016
The private sector in East Africa has asked Tanzania to harmonise the preferential treatments it offers to transit goods as a way of encouraging use of the central corridor . While Rwandan trucks transiting through the central corridor (Dar es Salaam Port) each pay $150 (Shs535,000); other East African member states such as Uganda are charged $500 (Shs1.7 million) per truck for goods in transit. Mr Kassim Omar, the chairman Uganda Clearing Industry and Forwarding Association, who is also East Africa Business Council (EABC) vice chair for Uganda, said: “Indeed, the Dar es Salaam Port has improved. But they need to harmonise the transit fees to make doing business in the region less costly.” Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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