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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

Agricultural financing gets massive boost

Published on August 04, 2016
The National Microfinance Bank (NMB) has injected 500bn/- in its new five year strategy aiming at revamping agricultural financing in the country. Dubbed ‘AgriBiashara’, the multi-billion strategy will ensure that it improves the agricultural sector in the country, according to NMB Managing Director (MD), Ineke Bussemaker. With the new strategy, NMB adopts the value chain approach while expanding its activities in agriculture sector by increasing the number of crops from the previous 5 to more than 12. According to the bank’s Chief Agribusiness Officer, Seif Ahmed, the Bank financing in agriculture will focus not only to primary agricultural production but also input suppliers, traders, processors, importers and exporters. Read more. Source | Daily News
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Njombe dairy farmers challenged to improve production

Published on July 27, 2016
Dairy farmers in Njombe Region, Tanzania have been challenged to improve and modernize their products so as to be able compete in national and international market. The Chairperson of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania Catalytic Fund (SAGCOT CTF) Investment Committee, Dr Rosebud Kurwijila, said here yesterday the farmers need to improve their products to meet the growing demand of the local and international market. Read more. Source | Daily News
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EAC women business leaders call for more support

Published on July 27, 2016
Regional governments have been urged to give more support to women in business to enhance entrepreneurship and ensure equitable and sustainable development. Mary Muthoni, the chairperson of Women in Business Committee at Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), said women entrepreneurs have limited access to affordable credit, and lack skills required to provide innovative products or services.  Muthoni said these challenges are hindering efforts by women to engage in cross-border trade. Read more. Source | New Times
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Field trials in progress to control toxins in food crops

Published on July 15, 2016
Researchers in Tanzania are conducting field trials in four regions on biological control of aflatoxins, namely Aflasafe, following a study in 2012, which showed high prevalence of the toxic compounds in maize and groundnuts in many parts of the country. Aflatoxins has been linked to the recent outbreak of a strange disease in Chemba and Kondoa districts in Dodoma Region, which claimed the lives of over 10 people while dozens others were admitted to various hospitals after they reportedly consumed food contaminated with the toxins. Speaking during a media briefing in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, an officer in-charge of invasive pests and bio-control in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Ms Beatrice Pallangyo, mentioned Mtwara, Dodoma, Manyara and Morogoro as regions where the trials were being conducted. “Aflasafe has been used in the United States and a number of African countries; but we cannot use it in Tanzania until it passes through laid down procedures. Read more. Source | Daily News
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New cold storage facilities at JNIA to boost fresh produce

Published on July 14, 2016
Horticultural, fish and meat exports are set for a massive boost after upgrading of cold storage facilities at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam. The facilities under Swissport Tanzania were inaugurated yesterday after undergoing expansion and modification to meet demands of the export business of perishable items. Swissport Tanzania Plc Chief Executive Officer, Mr Gaudence Temu, said in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday that expansion of the exports cold storage facilities was meant to promote exports especially on perishable cargo. “The export cold-room facility has been modified whereby the new arrangement will now allow scanning /screening directly into the acceptance cold room,” Mr Temu added. Read more. Source | Daily News
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EAC govts urged to train technocrats in negotiation of trade agreements

Published on July 06, 2016
Regional governments have been urged to invest in capacity building of technocrats involved in international trade negotiations to enhance their skills and ensure they bargain for deals that will benefit citizens.  According to Henry Kimera of Consumer Food Education Trust (Uganda), with commercial oil and gas deposits being confirmed in almost all the six East African Community (EAC) countries, government must sharpen negotiation skills of technocrats so that they are able to negotiate better deals to ensure maximum benefit for countries. Kimera added that most regional technocrats negotiate from a point of weakness since they are not well-versed with international trade negotiation. Read more. Source | New Times
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Ugandan investors negotiate tough junction into EAC

Published on July 05, 2016
The EAC Common Market protocol is the second stage of the regional integration process that came into force on July 1, 2010, following ratification by all the partner states: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and now South Sudan – the newly admitted member state. The protocol establishment is in line with the provisions of the EAC Treaty. It provides for “Four Freedoms”, namely the free movement of goods; labour; services; and capital, which will significantly boost trade and investments and make the region more productive and prosperous. Contrary to what their counterparts who have raised their respective national flags high making use of the freedoms through investing into other member states, Uganda is taking baby steps. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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Trade in the East African Community

Published on July 05, 2016
Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda were the first to implement the EAC Treaty in 2000, which were then followed by Burundi and Rwanda in 2007. Similarly, each set of countries joined the customs union separately in 2005 and 2007 respectively. All five members received more than $2 million in USAID assistance in FY2014. Kenya is considered lower-middle-income, while the others are classified as low-income countries by the World Bank. The EAC experienced significant growth in the past decade. Population rose by 35 percent or 40.65 million people from 2004 to 2014. Burundi’s population increased by 41 percent, which is the largest growth rate of the five member countries. The average Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita among the five member countries was $806.88 in 2014. Tanzania’s and Kenya’s GDP per capita exceeded this average. Burundi’s GDP per capita was the lowest at $286.00. Read more. Source | USAID
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