H.E Dr. MWINYI PLEDGES TO EMPOWER ZPDC, ZPRA & INVESTORS

President Mwinyi gave the pledge in his speech to inaugurate the 10th meeting of the House of Representatives at Chukwani.

In regard to the Oil and Gas sector H.E Dr. Mwinyi said his government will empower, both financially and workforce the Zanzibar Petroleum Development Corporation (ZPDC) and Zanzibar Petroleum Regulatory Authority (ZPRA) to implement its duties effectively.

He also said his government will work together with all companies that show interest to invest in the sector.

He said his government has plans to build a big modern port at Mangapwani area that would consist of various sections for service delivery including servicing oil and gas tankers, dry dock for servicing ships and areas for storing containers

ANGOLA READY FOR JOINT RAILWAY PROJECT WITH TANZANIA, STATES ENVOY

The Government of Angola has said it is ready for engagement with Tanzania on planning and implementation of a railway project to link its port of Lobito to Dar es salaam so as to boost trade between the two countries and create jobs for their citizens.

Angola’s ambassador to Tanzania, Sandro De Oliviera, disclosed the plan at the occassion to mark the country’s 45th independence anniversary held in Dar es salaam.

He said currently, the largest part of goods transportation takes place by land, where certain patches are difficult for the users due to the bad roads, especially during the rainy season.

He said the referred railway corridor will connect the important ports of Lobito and Dar es salaam, allowing the transit of goods from and to the markets in America, Asia and Europe that utilise the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, respectively.

“Angola is ready to carry out at least two experimental trips, as soon as the logistical and institutional conditions are created, for which we count on Tanzania’s collaboration in these efforts, he said”

Olivieira hinted that Angolan economy has an enormous potential of underexplored natural resources in the sectors of Agriculture and Livestock, extractive and manufacturing industries, fishing, tourism, energy, water, transport, logistics, civil construction among others

“We want to count on the Tanzania experience and investment in aforementioned sectors which possess great feasibility and strong probabilities of profitable returns, thus supporting the creation of competitive domestic industries, ” he stated.

“We are working towards the creation of Tanzania-Angola business forum, whose first edition should take in Dar es salaam in May next year. It is a priority initiative for us because it will establish a platform for direct interaction of business people from both countries, ” he added.

According to him, the director for Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation, Makamba Dahari said that Tanzania is ready to strengthen its diplomatic economy for the mutual benefit of the people in the two countries.

He said the increase of intra-Africa trade was the only viable way to achieve economic independence adding that will help to open more new employment opportunities whether direct or indirect from the investment.

“As embassy, our noble mission is to contribute to the ever-increasing betterment of relation between the two countries and to increment the extremely low levels of trade exchanges, giving way to a greater movement of people and goods among sectors that promote development for social wellbeing of our people, “he insisted

Earlier in his presentation, Nguza Mauricio, the Counselor-Business affairs in Angola said that there was a huge potential, social economic stability and political will. The counselor said there are specific investment opportunities like agriculture, vegetable production and fisheries. Others are textile, hospitality, basic sanitation collection, tourism, production and distribution of electricity, education and reforastation.

“We are looking for external expansion opportunities, new markets for the exports of goods and services. international partnerships and openings to finance profitable projects and or ventures”, he explained.

Factories Clarify Cement Price Increase in Tanzania, a threat to Construction project stakeholders?

Mtwara – DANGOTE Cement in Tanzania has apologized to the government for failure to communicate to the public on the temporary shutdown of their plant for the maintenance process causing countrywide price hikes.

Mtwara Regional Commissioner, Mr Gelesius Byakanwa ordered the management of the plant to immediately publish the actual prices of the cement to their customers to stop further inflation.

“You should publish the actual cement price to your customers to stop further inflation,” he said. He noted that maintenance should not be termed as an emergence case, instead the public must be informed on the matter to address shortage of supply in the market.

The RC made the statement when he paid a visit to Dangote Cement Plant in Mtwara following complaints from the public over lack of cement and price inflation in various areas.

The plant senior officer, Mr Glagu Shuma apologized to the government and the public at large for failure to communicate the situation for the past two weeks.

“I would like to apologize for not communicating the shutdown to the government and the public on time,” he said noting that the management of the plant has already made adequate arrangements to supply the cement to the general public including major contract customers.

“We have made arrangements to supply the cement to all customers and to the general public by Wednesday as the plant reopens for operations,” he said.

Commenting on the shutdown programme of the plant, Mr Shuma said that the maintenance of the plant was set to be conducted in April this year, but failed due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

A survey conducted by this reporter in Mtwara urban found out that a bag of cement was sold at between 18,000/- and 20,000/- in urban areas. The actual price of the cement per bag is 11,000/- according to traders in Mtwara.

Meanwhile, Yves Mataigne, Commercial Director of Twiga Cement Company, said that high demand for cement led traders to hike the commodity’s prices, reports Dativa Minja.

Mataigne said three weeks ago, they met and asked all their distributors not to raise cement prices as the factory has not made any price increment.

He said their production per month is 160,000 tonnes that however, is insufficient to meet the current demand in the construction industry.

Commenting, Nyati Cement’s Assistant Sales and Marketing Manager, Mr Michael Prosper, said they have not raised the price of cement, but quickly blamed the business community for unnecessarily raising the prices.

UNITED NATIONS CALL FOR BUSINESSES IN PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

Businesses worldwide to align in protecting biodiversity 

Business Consultation on the UN CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Business for Nature is a global coalition bringing together influential organizations and forward-thinking businesses. Together, we demonstrate business action and amplify a powerful business voice calling for governments to reverse nature loss. The coalition brings together over 50 partner organizations, including the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the International Chamber of Commerce, WWF, IUCN, and many more international, national and sectoral organizations. We’re inviting businesses and organizations of all sizes, sectors, and geographies to share their views so that together we can ensure an ambitious Framework to reverse nature loss in this decade.

Taking action means doing something with meaningful benefits for the natural world. It’s the right thing to do and makes economic and financial sense. For example you could:

  • Reduce your company’s negative impact on nature;
  • Invest in protecting and restoring nature;
  • Innovate and scale up products and technologies with a lower impact
  • Businesses can take action through specific projects, across their company, through their supply chains or they can act collaboratively within their sector. They can tackle different drivers of nature loss, on land or at sea. Importantly, actions are happening right now.

Businesses need long-term certainty to invest in changing business models. Concrete evidence-based targets informed by science are needed to provide clear direction and ambition for business action to reverse nature loss by 2030. These targets should be relevant and translatable from the global to the local level.

Policy action is required to:

  • Publicly recognize the planetary emergency and commit to both reversing nature loss by 2030 and keeping global warming below 1.5 degree Celsius.
  • Adopt global targets and indicators informed by science to reverse the loss of nature and provide direction for business actions, including to a) significantly reduce production and consumption footprints; b) halt and reverse the loss of habitat and species and restore their resilience; c) conserve ecosystem services and; d) protect natural areas appropriately respecting the rights, practices and wishes of indigenous peoples and local communities.
  • Adopt strong implementation and ratchet mechanisms informed by science to increase action and ambition in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Climate change, nature loss and social inequality need to be solved together to achieve a just transition. Policy coherence and efficient implementation and enforcement at global, national and local levels is needed to create a level playing field that supports business action.

Policy action is required to: Bring the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) into alignment ahead of Rio +30 in coherence with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Pursue an integrated approach to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and National Action Programs (NAPs) to combat desertification that recognizes the synergies, co-benefits and trade-offs to enable a just transition.

Mainstream nature into all relevant policies, ministries and finance regulators’ mandates, addressing the major direct threats to nature identified by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (i.e. land/sea use change, direct exploitation of organisms, climate change, pollution, over-exploitation, invasive species, etc.), and stimulating investment and job creation.

Ensure the adoption and effective enforcement of environmental laws and standards, including by providing capacity building to countries worldwide

Climate change, nature loss and social inequality need to be solved together to achieve a just transition. Policy coherence and efficient implementation and enforcement at global, national and local levels is needed to create a level playing field that supports business action.

Policy action is required to:

  • Bring the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) into alignment ahead of Rio +30 in coherence with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Pursue an integrated approach to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and National Action Programs (NAPs) to combat desertification that recognizes the synergies, co-benefits and trade-offs to enable a just transition.
  • Mainstream nature into all relevant policies, ministries and finance regulators’ mandates, addressing the major direct threats to nature identified by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (i.e. land/sea use change, direct exploitation of organisms, climate change, pollution, over-exploitation, invasive species, etc.), and stimulating investment and job creation.
  • Ensure the adoption and effective enforcement of environmental laws and standards, including by providing capacity building to countries worldwide

EAST AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL CALLS TO ALLOW FREE MOVEMENT OF PERSONS ALONG THE EAC BORDER POSTS.

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The East African Business Council (EABC) is calling upon East African Community Partner States to allow movement of persons across border posts, lifting the restrictions currently in place. A move set to boost trade-in services such as tourism and re-open closed cross-border markets.

Currently, some border posts such as the Taveta- Holili One Stop Border Post (OSBP) and the Isebania – Sirare border post (Kenya – Tanzania) are still not allowing movement of persons despite travelers having Covid-19 certificates. 

In a meeting with the Taveta-Holili Joint Border Management Committee (BMC), EABC CEO, Dr. Peter Mutuku Mathuki noted that only truck drivers and emergency cases for persons are allowed to proceed; encouraging illicit trade through porous borders. 

While visiting the Lunga Lunga- Horohoro border post, (Kenya-Tanzania) Dr Mathuki noted that movement of persons had declined sharply. As at December 2019, 27,960 persons were recorded to have used the border. By April 2020, the number of persons using the border dropped to 1,620 and in June 2020, the number dropped further to 919 persons. Pre-Covid-19, around 100-150 trucks were cleared through the same border post each day. The number has now dropped to an average of 3050 trucks per day. The Taveta- Holili One Stop Border Post (OSBP) cleared about 200 trucks per day pre-Covid, a number that has now dropped to around 40 trucks per day.

“There is urgent need for the re-opening of border posts which are currently not allowing movement of persons. This will also see resumption of the existing Ujirani Mwema markets situated in both Kenya and Tanzania and in turn reboot crossborder trade,” said Dr Mathuki.

Kenyan imports from Tanzania, (March 2019 to August 2019) stood at Ksh 16.35 Billion while in March 2020 to August 2020,it stood at Ksh 11.13 Billion, a decrease of Ksh 5.2 Billion. Kenyan exports to Tanzania (March 2019 to August 2019) totalled Ksh 16.49 Billion shillings while in March 2020 to August 2020, exports stood at Ksh 14.68 Billion, a decline of Ksh. 1.8 Billion.

According to EABC survey report ‘Impact of Covid- 19 on Business and Investments in the EAC and Proposed Recovery Measures for the EAC Economies,’ 56% of businesses have been affected by cross border restrictions since the pandemic hit the EAC bloc.

EABC noted that instances of relay truck driving caused by delays in getting Covid19 tests results, are increasing cost of doing business.

Dr Mathuki also urged Kenya and Tanzania to fast-track the operationalization of the One Stop Border Post at Lunga Lunga – Horohoro border. “The OSBP will expedite the turnaround time of clearance of cargo and persons,” Dr. Mathuki said.

Kenyan key imports from Tanzania using the borders include timber, cereals and edible vegetables while Tanzanian imports from Kenya include soap, machinery and mechanical appliances, iron and steel and pharmaceutical products.

EABC also reiterated its position on the need for EAC Partner States to put an end to testing of Covid-19 at border points, to avoid delays in truck & cargo clearance.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR PROVISION OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR ENABLING INFRASTRUCTURE OF TILENGA PROJECT IN UGANDA Ref No. 10006429

CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR PROVISION OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR ENABLING INFRASTRUCTURE OF TILENGA PROJECT IN UGANDA

Deadline : November 24th 2020, 12.00 noon.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN KATAVI REGION

Katavi Region is an Emerging economy with high economic growth potential in the lake Tanganyika zone of Western Tanzania. With its growing agricultural , mining and tourism sectors, a promising foreign direct investment than any region, and a current political climate open to investment than at any time before. Whilst the economy is relatively diversified, a number of opportunities remain untapped in many social economic sectors (states The United Republic of Tanzania Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government)

Mentioned below are investment areas that call for investors and business stakeholders attention as per The United Republic of Tanzania Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government

  • Agriculture
  • Beekeeping
  • The green economy such as biomass, Making of Charcoal Briquettes Production from Paddy husk
  • Business processing outsourcing and information communication technology (ICT)
  • Mining
  • Infrastructure development opportunities
  • Tourism
  • Financial services

Download the below pdf document for more detailed description of the investment opportunities present in Katavi region in Tanzania

Tanzanians to be engaged in Mega Strategic Development Projects

On 19th October 2020, The Association of Oil and Gas Service Providers (ATOGS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with RentCo Africa to provide financial and assets support to local contractors and companies to enable them participate well in strategic projects.

ATOGS Chairman, Abdulsamad Abdulrahim signing an MoU with RentCo Tanzania Director, Regina Mwengi

The agreement will support companies and business communities waiting to enter into various mega projects including logistics, infrastructure, construction, security, facility management and oil and gas projects.

Speaking during the stakeholders’ workshop held in Dar-es salaam, ATOGS chairman Abdulsamad Abdulrahim hailed the move as it will help investors not to think of spending millions of money to buy new equipment as they will be accessing them by borrowing the required equipment/assets at low costs. He noted that for many years local companies have been decrying over low access to funds, a situation which has also affected participation of the companies in the country’s mega projects. Majority of investors in the country have been facing challenges to access quality equipment or material goods which will enable them to participate well in major projects. We have a lot of mega projects in the country, but the participation of locals has remained low, this is contributed by several challenges including the access to finance, so this MoU is going to address them. Our aim is to see more Tanzanians participating in mega strategic projects, he said.

Hon. Abdulsamad Abdulrahim, ATOGS Chairman

ATOGS-RentCo agreement will support local companies with equipment needed to implement any project which include construction equipment, security and others. It urges key implementing companies of various mega-projects to uphold openness and transparency in tenders and basic information for Tanzanians to be well informed on the projects.

ATOGS Chairman conveyed that, transparency and information were among major powerful tools to enable more Tanzanians secure jobs in the projects. Under local content provisions in the Petroleum Act of 2015, Tanzanians have an advantage in acquiring local contracts. Local suppliers and business community have demonstrated capacity and redness to deliver most of the series and projects both technical and non-technical that will be required in various projects services, logistics and indirect series, security series, catering and emergence series. All they need is affordable finance and access to leasing options, he said.
For her pert, Regina Mwengi, director of RentCo Tanzania said the firm is there to support investors with various assets needed to implement project. So if an investor wants to participate in certain projects and doesn’t have supporting equipment, has nothing to worry because RentCo is there to support him/her, we will enter into an agreement to enable the investor obtain, use the equipment and later returning it.

The CRDB Senior Manager, Focus Mrosso said that doors are open for anyone who seeks financial support to implement various projects. He added that the bank has for years been supporting locals to enable them to implement their projects smoothly for country’s development.