Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Thursday, August 25, 2022.
Is rising cost of living jeopardizing movement for political reforms in Tanzania?
Three main issues trouble the majority of Tanzanians according to the latest Sauti za Wananchi findings from Twaweza. They are the rising cost of living (48 per cent), the lack of employment or income-earning activity (29 per cent) and hunger or the lack of food (26 per cent).
These are followed by concerns about the quality of public services: poor health facilities (23 per cent), access to clean water (20 per cent), poor transport services (17 per cent) and the quality of education (15 per cent).
The findings were presented today, August 25, 2022, as part of Twaweza’s Sauti za Wananchi, a nationally representative mobile phone survey that was carried out between October and November 2011 and June and July 2022.
Twaweza, a regional NGO that works on enabling citizens to exercise agency and governments to be more open and responsive, interviewed a total of 3,000 households (3,000 individual respondents) on their views on the economy and the 2021 mobile money levy.
The organisation interviewed adults-aged 18 and above living in urban and rural areas with the mobile phone network coverage. The surveys were conducted in four areas of Dar es Salaam, Other Urburn and Rural areas and Zanzibar.
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Iranian FM in Tanzania to set up roadmap to boost ‘all-out ties’
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is in Tanzania as part of his Africa tour aimed at strengthening ties that exist between the Middle Eastern nation and African nations.
Tanzania was the second destination of Mr Amir-Abdollahian after having visited Mali. He is also set to visit Zanzibar after wrapping up his visit to Tanzania Mainland.
Upon his arrival in Tanzania on Thursday, Mr Amir-Abdollahian was received by his Tanzanian counterpart Ambassador Liberata Mulamula where the two discussed ways through which Iran-Tanzania relations can be improved.
According to a report by Press TV, the Iranian state-owned news network is expected to meet President Samia Suluhu Hassan to hand over to her an invitation from President Ebrahim Raeisi for a visit to Tehran.
He is being accompanied by businessmen and industrialists from Iran who would hold an important meeting in the city of Dar es Salaam to discuss ways to improve mutual relations.
“Tanzania is one of the most important countries in this continent in this regard, which has always had a special place in Iran’s foreign policy, and the people and officials of the two countries have a positive view toward each other,” Mr Amir-Abdollahian told a gathering during the Iran-Tanzania Business Forum in Dar es Salam.
He added that the forum indicates the two sides’ keenness to promote economic cooperation and emphasized that Tanzania has great capacities for investment in various fields, such as mining, agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries, industries, tourism and exports of tropical fruits.
The top Iranian diplomat expressed his country’s readiness to help Tanzania achieve its goal of development and industrialization.
The Tanzanian foreign minister hailed the visit by her Iranian counterpart to her country and told reporters that the two countries enjoy very close relations.
Tanzania’s diamond production fell in Q2
Tanzania’s diamond production fell by 41 per cent in the second quarter of this year, according to business website MarketWatch, citing the latest update by the Bank of Tanzania (BoT).
Production fell to 63,973.8 carats from 108,165 carats in the first quarter, the bank said in its quarterly economic review.
The diamonds were sold for $17.4 million, down 55 per cent from $38.4 million in the preceding quarter, it said.
Tanzania’s large-scale diamond production resumed in the fourth quarter of 2021 after a temporary closure for maintenance of the country’s only large-scale diamond mine, Williamson Diamond Mine, the central bank said.
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