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The Chanzo Morning Briefing – October 27, 2022. 

In our briefing today: Zanzibar launches ICT centre to spur digital technology; EU commissioner Urpilainen says TZ, Uganda free to decide energy solutions; How can Tanzanian youth benefit from new EU’s Youth Action Plan?  

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Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

Zanzibar launches ICT centre to spur digital technology

Zanzibar President Hussein Ali Mwinyi on Wednesday launched a state-of-the-art information and communications technology (ICT) centre aimed at promoting digital technology.

“The centre opens a new page on ICT development that will enable Zanzibar to write its name in the global science and technology map,” said Mwinyi when he launched the centre at Bweleo on Unguja Island.

He said the ICT centre will help accelerate economic development and improve the welfare of the people in the Zanzibar archipelago.

The launch of the ICT centre, supported by the Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) in collaboration with mobile network partners, went in tandem with the launch of 42 telephone towers that have been installed on Unguja Island and Pemba Island to boost telephone and internet communication.

Chief Executive Officer of the UCSAF Justina Mashiba said that previously, seven ICT centres have also been built on Unguja Island and four on Pemba Island.

EU commissioner Urpilainen says TZ, Uganda free to decide energy solutions

European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said Wednesday that Tanzania and Uganda have every right to decide their energy solutions.

Ms Urpilainen, who arrived in Tanzania on Tuesday for an official visit, made the remarks during an interview with journalists that took place today, October 26, 2022, at the Kilimanjaro Hotel in the city.

“We respect the sovereignty of Uganda and Tanzania,” Ms Urpilainen, who served as the Minister of Finance of Finland from 2011 to 2014, said during the interview. “Countries have the independence to decide their energy solution.”

Urpilainen’s clarification comes hot on the heels of “neo-colonialism” accusations that senior government officials in Uganda and Tanzania have levelled against the European Union (EU) parliament following its resolution on the controversial East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

Full story here.

How can Tanzanian youth benefit from new EU’s Youth Action Plan?

European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen on Wednesday launched the EU Youth Action Plan in Africa here, describing issues affecting young people as “very close to my heart.”

Ms Urpilainen is in Tanzania for an official visit since Tuesday where she has been meeting with high-level government officials, including Finance and Planning Minister Mwigulu Nchemba.

Also high on her agenda, was the launch of the EU Youth Action Plan in Tanzania, an action plan aimed at engaging, connecting, and empowering youth across the globe.

The Youth Action Plan is the first-ever policy framework by the European Union (EU) for a strategic partnership with young people worldwide.

Among other purposes, the plan aims at increasing young people’s voices in policy and decision-making, fighting inequalities and providing young people with the skills and tools they need and fostering networks of youth across the globe.

In Tanzania, the Youth Action Plan is part of the EU’s 426 million euros committed to Tanzania by the block for the year 2021 to 2024.

Full story here.

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