Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Thursday, December 16, 2021.
Samia considers separating community development docket from Ministry of Health
President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Thursday hinted at her administration’s plans to break down the Ministry of Health by removing the Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children docket from the ministry in a bid to improve policy implementation.
She made the remarks in the capital Dodoma during a function to launch a national advisory committee on the implementation of the countries’ promise on generation equality.
“My plan is to separate the docket that deals with women development from [the Ministry of Health],” said President Samia. “If we mix health with other issues, and given the health situation [of COVID-19] we now have globally, health sector alone takes a disproportionately bigger attention than other remaining dockets.”
She said this would in turn smoothen and make easier the implementation of government plans, policies and other development frameworks and thus help the government achieve its intended results.
“Therefore, that’s my decision, and I’m planning to convince Zanzibar President [Hussein Mwinyi] to take a similar decision,” added the Head of State.
Mulamula in Turkey to attend Turkey-Africa summit
Foreign Affairs Minister Liberata Mulamula is in the Turkish capital of Istanbul to attend a two-day summit between Third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit will be held on Dec 17-18 in Istanbul Congress Center. Ms Mulamula will be representing President Samia at the summit.
The two-day summit follows a top-level business forum in October that focused on investment and trade. According to Turkish media, the issue of security tops the agenda of the summit, with a host of African leaders looking to buy up military hardware at cheaper prices and with fewer strings attached.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to make a speech at the summit on December 18. Ms Mulamula is also expected to make a speech at the summit, according to the ministry’s spokesperson Emmanuel Buhohela.
According to Turkish media, the number of Turkish embassies in Africa has grown from 12 to 43 since 2002 while the national flag carrier, Turkish Airlines, flies to over 60 African destinations. The share of Africa in Turkey’s trade with the world is 6.5 per cent.
Bilateral relations between Turkey and Tanzania were revived with the first visit of the former President of Turkey Abdullah Gül to Tanzania in 2009 and the re-opening of the Turkish Embassy in Dar es Salaam the same year. The relation was further strengthened by the visit of the current President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in 2017.
Turkey is Tanzania’s development partner in a number of sectors such as education and construction, with the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Dar es Salaam to Kilosa to Makutupora in Singida Region being the most recent project undertaken by Turkish contractors.
Tanzania: FAO pilots innovative tool to support One Health operationalization
Stakeholders sat recently in Dar es Salaam to review the One Health Monitoring Tool (OHMT), an innovative tool that will be used to monitor One Health progress and to assess and evaluate outcomes and operational level, a statement by with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said on Thursday.
One Health refers to an integrated, unifying approach that aims to balance and optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems. It recognizes that the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants and the wider environment are closely linked and interdependent. The stakeholders include the FAO, the Tanzania One Health Coordination Desk and the Tanzanian government.
“The One Health approach emphasizes the relatedness of human, animal and environmental health and the importance of transdisciplinary efforts in control and prevention of zoonotic diseases,” said Baltazary Leba, a representative from the Prime Minister’s Office, Disaster Management Department during the opening remarks.
With the OHMT, all countries, even those without National One Health platforms, will be able to coordinate and cooperate among sectors involved in health management to monitor One Health progress and evaluate One Health outcomes and operational level, according to FAO.
“The systematic assessment of the One Health operationalization is important to reveal progress made and identify gaps to inform future One Health strategic planning,” FAO’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) representative Niwael Mtui-Malamsha remarked.
TPSF signs MoU with diaspora association to promote investment in Tanzania
Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) and the Tanzania Diaspora Hub (TDH) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MoU’) to collaborate in promoting investment in Tanzania and in the Diaspora, the latter announced the step on Twitter.
The MoU was signed by TDH chairperson Mr Nassor Basalama and TPSF Executive Director Mr Francis Nanai during a function in the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam.
The aim of the MoU is to promote economic diplomacy through the diaspora; helping Tanzanians to get studies abroad; get more tourists from the diaspora; and promote an online consultation system for business and marketing opportunities.
Under the agreement, TDH will provide technical support in key areas such as research, expertise, sustainability and business strategy, development and implementation of activities in favour of both TPSF and TDH and their delegated members for the implementation of collaborative activities.
TPSF said in its statement that it has taken the subject of diaspora as one of its Business Agenda 2022 and will provide insight and share empiric experience on business, investment and advocacy in Tanzania from its wider role in the economy.
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