Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania over the weekend.
Tanzania, Qatar sign deals on infrastructure, energy
Tanzania and Qatar have inked an agreement to strengthen bilateral trade and investment ties, according to reports by the Qatari press.
The trilateral deal was signed in the Qatari capital on Thursday by various officials, including President of the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) Paul Koyi, Qatar’s First Vice-Chairman of Chambers of Commerce Mohamed Bin Ahmed Twar Al Kuwari and Chairman of the Zanzibar National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) Ali Suleiman Amour.
“Today, we confirm our deep goals to build strategic partnerships that will positively contribute to the economies of the two countries,” the president told the Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA) in a meeting on Thursday in Doha according to media reports.
Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, QBA chairman, said: “There are real investment opportunities in the fields of tourism, agriculture and energy support projects,” adding that after the World Cup, the association will travel to Tanzania as part of a high-level mission.
Meanwhile, Director of Tanzanian Presidential Communications Zuhura Yunus said: “The objective of the MoU is to enhance trade and investment cooperation and partnership between business communities from Tanzania and Qatar, particularly in the areas of tourism and hospitality, infrastructure and energy.”
On Tuesday last week, President Samia Suluhu Hassan was welcomed by Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Amiri Diwan, during her visit to the country to take part in the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH).
In addition to discussing a number of regional and global issues of shared interest, the two leaders discussed ways to strengthen and deepen the two nations’ cooperation relations in a variety of fields.
Samia said then that Qatar and Tanzania have enormous potential to expand their cooperation in areas including trade, investments, tourism, gas exploration, port development, agriculture, and energy.
The two countries also agreed to share expertise in emergency and trauma care.
Tanzania, India discuss ways to boost ties
India’s Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs Shri Dammu Ravi was in Tanzania recently to discuss India-Tanzania bilateral relations, according to a statement by the government of India released over the weekend.
Mr Ravi visited Tanzania on October 6 and 7, 2022. During the visit, he met with Joseph Edward Sokoine, Permanent Secretary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation and Emmanuel Tutuba, Permanent Secretary, of the Ministry of Finance & Planning on October 6, 2022, in Dar es Salaam. On October 7, Mr Ravi visited Zanzibar where he called on the President of Zanzibar.
During his meeting with Sokoine, comprehensive discussions were held on India-Tanzania bilateral relations, according to the press release.
In the meeting with his Finance Ministry counterpart, Mr Ravi “discussed a range of issues including development cooperation, alternative ways of financing of projects, exploring possibilities of opening an Indian SEZ in Tanzania and bilateral trade in Indian Rupees and Tanzanian Shilling,” the press release reported.
The Tanzanian side welcomed the ideas and both sides agreed to work on these, according to the press release.
During his visit to Zanzibar on October 7, 2022, Mr Ravi called on the President of Zanzibar Hussein Ali Mwinyi. Dr Mwinyi welcomed the Indian development cooperation in Zanzibar and invited Indian investment in various sectors including IT, the blue economy and healthcare on the island.
Mr Ravi also visited a project site under construction for the supply of water to households in Zanzibar. Three Indian companies are presently implementing water supply projects in Zanzibar under the government of India Lines of Credit.
Tanzania is considered one of India’s major development assistance partners in Africa with over $1.1 billion in Lines of Credit and 700 annual scholarships for short-term and long-term courses, according to the press release.
Bilateral trade stands at $4.5 billion for 2021-22 and Indian investment in Tanzania is $3.6 billion, the press release reported.
Govt calls for reinforcement in protection of wildlife corridors
Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism on Sunday Juma Mkomi called for reinforcement toward the protection of wildlife corridors to lessen human-wildlife conflicts.
Mr Mkomi made the call during a meeting with wildlife conservation stakeholders in Arusha, according to a statement his ministry put out on Sunday.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that wildlife corridors are not encroached on by human activities, including farming and livestock keeping,” the statement quoted Mr Mkomi as saying.
He said all ministries involved in wildlife conservation, including the ministries Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Livestock and Fisheries, Water, Works and Transport and Environment should work together in the protection of the wildlife corridors.
Director of Wildlife in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Maurus Msuha said the protection of wildlife corridors linking the protected areas with adjacent ecosystems will help lessen wildlife-human conflicts, especially with regard to elephants that raid farms and residential areas.
Msuha said encroachment of a wildlife corridor that allows the movement of wild animals between isolated patches of habitat without other disturbances, such as traffic or development, is a major source of human-wildlife conflicts.
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