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The Chanzo Morning Briefing – April 20, 2023. 

In our briefing today: Forum to organise young politicians launched in Dar; India-based company to sell 3 tea estates in Tanzania for $1.2 million; Global leader in crane rental services​​ partners with Tanzania’s company. 

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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, April 19, 2023.

Forum to organise young politicians launched in Dar

Veteran politician Prof Ibrahim Lipumba on Wednesday launched a forum that would allow young politicians from nineteen registered political parties in Tanzania to come together and discuss issues of national interests.

An initiative by the Tanzania Centre for Democracy (TCD), the forum’s launch was preceded by an election of leaders responsible for leading the forum and serving its intended purposes.

TCD is formed by political parties with representation in the parliament. Its current members are the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM), CHADEMA, ACT-Wazalendo, Civic United Front (CUF) and NCCR-Mageuzi.

The organisation, currently under the chairmanship of CCM, serve as a cross-party platform for parliamentary parties to cooperate in building and strengthening a culture of multiparty democracy.

Lipumba, CUF’s national chairperson and TCD’s deputy chairperson, said the youth is an important group in Tanzania. It is essential to have mechanisms in place that would allow it to play its role in building the nation efficiently, the politician insisted.

“Most of this country’s problems are youths’ problems,” Lipumba said during a function to launch the forum in Dar es Salaam. “Having youths onboard to tackling our problems as a country cannot be overemphasised.”

According to him, the newly-launched forum will serve as an essential vehicle to drive the process of rewriting the constitution to an end, urging the youths from political parties to prioritise the fight in the programs they will soon launch.

“This is the most important agenda before us at the moment, and the youth should be at the forefront of ensuring its realisation,” the renowned economist noted.

He said the forum would allow the youth to engage in a respectful and important debate about the country’s future, adding: “It is a culture that we need to build, people from different backgrounds coming together to discuss issues important to them without fear of being attacked, ridiculed, or harassed.”

India-based company to sell 3 tea estates in Tanzania for $1.2 million

An India-based tea company said on Wednesday that its board has decided to sell three tea states in Tanzania, measuring approximately 3,957 acres, to Udongo Wetu, a local company that deals with clay utensils, at US$1.2 million.

Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation Ltd says that the proposed sale is subject to the receipt of necessary approvals, approvals from regulatory agencies, if any, and the proposed buyer receiving appropriate authorisation to acquire such plantation land.

Set up in 1863, Bombay Burmah is India’s oldest publicly traded company and was established to engage in the Burmese tea business. It has interests in plantations, foods, textiles, chemicals, electronics and light engineering, health care, and real estate.

The company is owned by the Wadia Group, an Indian multinational conglomerate headquartered in Mumbai.

Global leader in crane rental services​​ partners with Tanzania’s company

The global leader and reference in crane rental services, heavy lifting, and engineered transport, Sarens announced on Wednesday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tanzania-based Raphael Logistics to increase the scope of its services.

Headquartered in Dar es Salaam, Raphael Logistics provides a range of logistics, lifting and transport services. The agreement will see the two companies work together to meet local and international clients’ needs for projects and rentals.

“The partnership is the next step in supplying a one-stop-shop solution to our clients in Eastern and Southern Africa,” Sarens said in a statement.

“Sarens is proud to be part of this partnership and looks forward to providing solutions, small or large, for mining, port works, construction, civil works, oil and gas projects, and the power sector,” it added.

Sarens pointed out that its fleet includes mobile cranes with lifting capacities up to 500 tonnes, SPMTs, and jacking and skidding systems.

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