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  18.08.2006 DAILY NEWS: SADC nations for speedy integration
  17.08.2006 DAILY NEWS: Zanzibar - a mirror to the romantic past
  14.08.2006 DAILY NEWS: Tanzania's competitiveness improves
  1.08.2006 IPPMEDIA:Tanzania calls for immediate ceasefire in Lebanon
  1.08.2006 Daily News: Bulyanhulu for Additional Gold Recovery Plant
  29.07.2006 DAILY NEWS: Mwanza, the fast growing city with tourist attractions
  5.07.2006 DAILY NEWS: Tazara: A great railway through the roughest bush and highland splendor
  4.07.2006 DAILY NEWS: Number of mobile phone users in Tanzania swell
  28.06.2006 Daily News: Jane Goodall Honored for Chimpanzee Work in Tanzania
  20.06.2006 Niobium mineral discovered in Mbeya
  19.06.2006 1 per cent decline in GDP projected
  15.05.2006 The winners of sixth annual Tanzania Tourism Awards
  12.05.2006 Number of tourists visiting Tanzania soars
  4.05.2006 Tanzania Tourism Presentation on Vatel Ship
  4.04.2006 Tanzania's New Cabinet
  2.04.2006 TANZANIA AT MITT 2006

18.08.2006 >>

DAILY NEWS: SADC nations for speedy integration

SUKHDEV CHHATBAR in Maseru and Agencies THE 26th Summit of the 14-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) opened here yesterday with accelerated integration, investments, crime, corruption and HIV/AIDS high on the agenda. President Jakaya Kikwete was among the leaders who addressed the opening session. He observed that the regional economic bloc has demonstrated over the years that regional integration is not a distant dream. Mr Kikwete observed that SADC has managed to ingrain a sense of regional belonging and the tradition of consultation on crucial matters of mutual interest among the people and governments. He told the Summit that SADC's plans to make the region a Free Trade Area (FTA) in the next two years, kick-start a Customs Union by 2010 and establish a Monetary Union by 2016 were achievable. "I believe that with our continued commitment and co-operation to integration, we can achieve these aspirations of ours," the president said. Briefing reporters here, Lesotho Finance Minister Timothy Thahane said the Summit will discuss accelerated regional integration to boost its investment credentials, crime fight, war against corruption and efforts to keep bird flu out of the region. SADC's overall economy, buoyed by stellar performances by Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa, expanded by about five per cent in 2005 and was expected to grow by six per cent in 2006. However, Mr Thahane said the growth was still below the seven per cent target set for the region to attain the United Nations Millennium Development Goals that centred on halving poverty by 2015. SADC's chief executive Tomaz Salomao said the leaders would review progress in fighting AIDS, a major development challenge because farm workers were dying or too sick to tend to crops, hurting overall food production in the region. The outgoing SADC chairman, President Festus Mogae of Botswana, wanted a speedy integration of the regional integration by turning declarations into action. He urged the member countries to make a quick decision on multiple memberships of regional organisations. Meanwhile, Lesotho, a tiny mountainous kingdom surrounded by South Africa, was tottering under the weight of hosting one of its biggest ever events. With only two five-star hotels, it was struggling to find rooms for more than 1000 visitors expected at the summit. Lesotho officials were still driving around private homes on Wednesday and Thursday to ask whether owners could accommodate some delegates at a fee.

Source: Daily News

17.08.2006 >>

DAILY NEWS: Zanzibar - a mirror to the romantic past

Correspondent GRATIAN LUHIKULA IF there is a place where the magic of ancient times evokes the exotic, it is the Zanzibar Stone Town. Without any exaggeration, the town is like a living museum where every sight, every glance conjures up a romantic past. As the Sea Express hydrofoil boat landed us at the Zanzibar harbour, we instantly got the feel of the great island. The people, the attire and even the tone of Kiswahili were all quite different from Dar es Salaam. The harbour, popularly known as the Dhow Harbour, that was once a point of agony and misery for the slaves landed from the mainland, was a colourful and bustling scene. As I watched the graceful dhow skim effortlessly across the calm waters, I couldnit resist imagining of the similar crafts that landed slaves on the same harbour a century ago. But the Zanzibaris who were now crowding the harbour were a cheerful and confident lot, eager to receive valuable goods contained in the dhow. We quickly went through the immigration formalities, before we boarded a mini bus to begin our highly anticipated tour. Before we left the horbour, our tour guide, Ahamed gave us a brief on the cultural norms of the people of Zanzibar. Different from Tanzania mainland, Zanzibar is a traditional Muslim society, which only appreciates visitors whose conduct and behaviour did not offend the Muslim culture. Emphasis is put on dressing, where a tourist walking around in skimpy shorts, sleeveless shirt or bare-chested or in transparent clothing is considered as half naked or walking in underwear. Other aspects like public consumption of alcohol outside hotel grounds, or public displays of affection, such as kissing are all considered offensive to the local society. After the briefing, Jeal and Anne, the two ladies in our team, couldn't wait but to pick pairs of khanga from a vendor. As we walked towards our car, our two ladies in their khanga wrap, looked perfectly assimilated to the Zanzibar cultural heritage. Our drive to Narrow Street Hotel where we were booked gave us a good introduction of the Stone Town relics. As the car cruised along the streets we sighted exotic architecture of ornate balconies and beautifully carved teak doors that decorated most buildings. The aroma of spices that escaped home kitchens and restaurants was a homely assurance to a testy stay in the island. And it was indeed a testy stay as we literary feasted on the sumptuous spicy dishes that were served at every restaurant we tried. The character of Zanzibar cooking reflects the traditions, history and ethnic diversity of the island. Traditions in cooking have been scrupulously maintained here, despite the modernization influence of western civilization. The island recipes dating from the13th Century deviate only marginally from dishes still served today. As we had breakfast in the next morning, everyone was looking forward to the anticipated walking tour of the Stone Town. Immediately after breakfast, our car arrived. Our guide, Rashid Ali, explained that the car would drop us at the Central Market, the starting point of our tour that would take us about three to four hours. 'We could use less time, if you wish, but to get most of it, I think three to four hours will leave us satisfied,' said Rashid. We all agreed to use four hours or more if it is necessary to get the most a walking tour can provide. Indeed, Rashid proved to know the history of Zanzibar like the backside of his hand. Our first point was the Central Market marikit-- on Creek Road. Opened in 1904, the market provides the best opportunity for seeing the cospomopolitan nature of the Zanzibar people. Women clad in black buibui or colourful khanga and kitenge, shop around. Men wearing long white robs kanzu and beautifully embroidered hats bargashia-- attend their commodity stalls. Wooden handcarts filled with fresh products off-loaded from small, wood panelled buses at the adjacent bus stop. Shoppers of different races and colours, of different attire and make up, all rub shoulders in the busy market. From the market we walked to the Anglican Cathedral, built in 1887, built by Bishop Steere to commemorate the end of Slave Trade. The church stands at the exact place where auctions of slaves were carried out. According to Rashid, the church was built on Sultan Bargash condition that the cathedralis tower will not raise higher than the Sultanis palace. Inside the church were various interesting items that reflected to the enchanting past. The impressive marble pillars, wood panels, beautifully stained glass windows and a small wooden crucifix in the chancel, which is said to have been made from the very tree under which Dr. Livingston died in 1875. From the church Rashid led us to the Zanzibar National Museum. Built in 1925, the Museum exhibits relics and documents of Sultans, slave traders and Missionaries. Dr Livingstonis medicine chest and the story and pictures of the German battle ship, the Koningsberg, whose remains still lie deep in the Rufiji delta opposite Mafia Island, fascinated me. On leaving the Museum, Rashid pointed to Tumekuja School where about 2000 children receive their education. We couldn't tour the school, but Rashid informed us that under one of the buildings are slave pits which were used by trader Tippu Tip to store his human cargo. We sighted other impressive old buildings before we came to the timeless African House. Now a hotel, it has fascinating elements of the past. Quite rewarding is the hotelis library; no doubt one of the oldest in East Africa packed with old books of the great times. Nearby is Tippu Tip House with its black and white marble steps and magnificently carved door. Before we came to the Old Fort, Ngome Kongwe, which has been turned into a sports complex, we witnessed yet another monument of the ill fated slave trade. Now known as Mambo Msiige Building, once owned by a prominent trader who would bury slaves alive within the buildings' walls, according to the old customs. The building later became the headquarters of the Universities Mission to Central Africa and later, from 1873 to 1887, it housed the British Consulate. We spent some good minutes admiring the Zanzibar Beit-el-Ajaib n the house of wonder. This house was however closed to visitors. Built in 1883 by Sultan Bargash and still standing above all buildings in the Stone Town, it displays a very example of the old art of door carving. Two Old Portuguese bronze canons, which Rashid said, dated to the 16th Century, stood clearly in the palace's impressive gardens. Further ahead we came to the People's Palace, a fine structure that from 1880 to 1964 housed the sultans and their families. Nearby the place is Nasur Nurmohamed Dispensary, an ornate structure that was once owned by a prominent Ismailian Indian. We winded our tour by wandering in the maze of narrow streets and alleys hemmed in by whitewashed buildings with thick stonewall. This gave us an opportunity to see quaint little shops, bazaars and curio stores packed with chests, coffee percolators, copper dishes, and marble topped wooden tables, antique clocks and many other old and new items of curiosity. But what seemed to captivate almost everyone in the group was the close contact to the people, who were proud of their culture and their simple way of life that mirrored to the ancient cultures.

Source: Daily News

14.08.2006 >>

DAILY NEWS: Tanzania's competitiveness improves

TANZANIA has moved 10 steps up on the list of global economic growth competitiveness from 81st to 71st position; it was said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend. Executive Director of Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), Emmanuel ole Naiko said Tanzania was now ranked 71st out of 117 countries. "Tanzania ranks 71st, after an assessment that critically looked at various items of economic growth including national competitiveness balance sheet," he said. He said according to the new Global Competitiveness Report whose participants are head of states and personalities in business community, Tanzania is ahead of Kenya and Uganda, positioned at 92nd and 87th, respectively. The items that were assessed, Mr Ole Naiko said, included macro-economic environment, judicial stability, organised crime, Information Technology (IT), Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and IT transfer. Others are reliance on performing management, government procurement, quality of national business environment, tax burden and impact of rules on FDI. Finland ranked first, followed by the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Taiwan, Singapore, Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Australia which ranked number 10. However, according to Mr Ole Naiko there were some factors which adversely affected Tanzaniais competitiveness, that include low savings, poor access to credit, inflation, tax defaulting, graft and inefficient public utilities and low space for IT growth.

Source: Daily News

1.08.2006 >>

IPPMEDIA:Tanzania calls for immediate ceasefire in Lebanon

Tanzania has called for immediate ceasefire in the battle between Israel and Hizbollah militias in south Lebanon, to avoid further deaths and suffering of women and children. In a statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Dr Asha Rose Migiro urged the international community to intervene to end bloodshed in Middle East. ''Innocent civilians have been killed and some have been displaced. We call upon the international community, through the UN Security Council to ask both sides to start peace negotiations,'' says part of the statement. Dr Migiro said the UN Security Council should call an emergency meeting. ''The resolution of the emergency meeting should propose the deployment of peace keeping forces, end of hostility and observation of the UN Resolution No. 1559 (2004) that demands the breaking up and disarmament of armed militia groups in Lebanon. ''Tanzania believes that sustainable peace will be achieved in the Middle East through the implementation of the Road Map between Israel and Palestine, as proposed by the international community, namely the European Union, the United States and Russia, dating back to 2002. Fighting between Israel and Hizbollah broke out after two Israel soldiers were kidnapped by the militias on July 12, 2006 causing loss of lives and massive destruction of property to both sides. Hizbollah demanded that the release of the Israel soldiers would only be possible if there was an exchange of prisoners because Israel holds hundreds of Hizbollah fighters. International pressure for an immediate cease-fire increased after Israel's bombing of the Lebanese village of Qana on Sunday that killed at least 54 civilians.


1.08.2006 >>

Daily News: Bulyanhulu for Additional Gold Recovery Plant

BULYANHULU Gold Mine in Kahama District, Shinyanga Region is constructing a new 27 million US dollars gold recovery plant (about 34.8bn/-) to boost its production. The Mine's Continuous Improvement Manager, Mr Mark Somlyay, told the 'Daily News' in Kahama over the weekend that the venture would create new 100 jobs. "We lose over 10 per cent of gold yearly," the manager said, adding that the construction of the plant would be completed by next March. He said that the new plant would help to increase an additional 20,200 ounces. The mine's current production capacity stands at between 350,000 and 420,000 ounces per annum. Mr Somlyay said the mine's management was taking necessary measures aimed at improving gold recovery from the ore. "Efficient gold recovery means increased investor's contribution to government coffers and ultimately betterment of the people," the manager said. At present the mine is recovering gold through a flotation plant, which is applied to recover gold, silver and copper residue after gravity recovery. Bulyanhulu Gold Mine is owned by Barrick Gold Corporation (75 per cent) and MDM (25 per cent) and is the largest underground gold mine in Tanzania. The mine started operations in 1999 and over 1trillion/-(about 1 billion USD) has so far been invested in the venture.

Source: Daily News

29.07.2006 >>

DAILY NEWS: Mwanza, the fast growing city with tourist attractions

MWANZA, located on the southern shore of the magnificent Lake Victoria is one of the busiest commercial centres in Tanzania, having successfully overtaken other old municipalities including Tanga, and the new capital Dodoma, among others. Correspondent GRATIAN LUHIKULA traces the transformation of the city. MWANZA'S growth may date back in 1928, when the British Administration completed the 525 kilometers railway line from Tabora to Mwanza. The railway was built on the old caravan route by John Speke in 1858, during his search for the source of the Nile. From Tabora, the route is dominated by miombo woodland, before it changes to a wide rolling almost treeless veld, around Shinyanga. After Shinyanga massive outcrops of granite become more common, forming strange rounded sculptures on the ragged skyline. Then suddenly, the lake appears, its green waters sparkling in the sun. Originally called Nyanza, which means lake, the vast expanse of water was renamed by Speke to Lake Victoria in honour of Queen Victoria of Britain. Mwanza city lies on a narrow peninsula jutting out into the lake. Its buildings climb the rocky hills protecting the lake's southern shore. Its settings, overlooking the sparkling waters of the lake make it one of Tanzania's most scenic settlements. Its position as a railway terminus and major lake port, has given Mwanza a lively and busy character. It handles cotton, tea and coffee products from Tanzania's fertile western part of the country. Mwanza, apart from handling cargo from Bukoba, Musoma and Shinyanga, also handles cargo from across the border in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. The cargo is later transported to Dar es Salaam and Tanga by the Central Railway line for consumption or for onwards shipment abroad. Mwanza's charm, however, derives from the vast lake spread before it. Covering an area of 68,854 sq. km, which is dotted with numerous islands and archipelagos, Lake Victoria is Africa's largest, and the world's second largest, shallow fresh water lake. Rich in tilapia and Nile Perch - introduced on the Uganda side in 1960, it offers some remarkable fishing. Apart from the local fishermen, whose livelihoods depend on fishing, foreign commercial fishermen have established their industries and are successfully exporting fish from the lake. In the earlier days of its introduction, the Nile Perch was feared for its marauding predator habits. Fishermen feared it would displace the indigenous tilapia - haplochromis and cichlids species. But the tilapia has survived the fishermen fears and it is now playing a major role in both domestic consumption and for export. Also the exclusive American Black Bass - the freshwater fish with the same ecological characteristic as the Nile Perch, but not a predator, has found its way into the lake. It was planted in some of Kenya lakes and dams, including Lake Naivasha above Nairobi. As the streams of some of these rivers eventually empty into Lake Victoria, the Bass has gradually filtered through into its waters. The inhabitants of Mwanza are members of Tanzania's largest tribe, the Sukuma. The over one million of the tribe are primarily agriculturists, growing cotton, maize and cassava, and keeping large herds of cattle. Their daily life has remained within its old traditions of mutual cooperation. For instance, cultivation of the cotton fields is still done collectively. During the cultivation season, villages draw up programmes to ensure that all its members attend to every family's cotton field. The tradition is carried out with great ceremony. Feasting and dancing, the famous Gobogobo - the famous snake dance is part of the occasion. The Gobogobo dace 'costumes' of live giant snakes, are frightening to behold. Traditionally believed to be snake charmers, the Sukuma, their bodies draped in the coils of lethal, sometimes exceptionally large, reptile, wriggle to the drumbeat before stunned spectators. The dance involves embracing the reptiles, and struggling with them. True to the old adage that music stimulates them, the snakes become increasingly excited as the tempo increases, their wild gyrations often scattering the terrified audience. For visitors to Mwanza, this famous dance can be witnessed at the Bujora Sukuma Village Museum about 20 km from the city centre. Adorned by traditional houses -- a large cone on cylinder with a thatched roof, shrines, dancing instruments, costumes and other relics are found at the museum. On some days, particularly on weekends, organized traditional dances may be held at the village. A visit to Mwanza city may also include a short visit to Saa Nane Island, a wildlife sanctuary housing wildebeest, zebra, porcupines, hippo, caged chimpanzees, lion and leopard. The island itself has beautiful settings of rolling grass landscape, broken by beautiful granite rocks, with wooden caves offering cool relaxation. Boat services are available from Mwanza. But perhaps, the most attractive wildlife sanctuary is the Rubondo Island National Park. Rubondo with its surrounding smaller islands covers about 240 sq km in area. It was declared a national park in 1977 after the introduction of several animal species on to the island. Though relatively small, the park's uniqueness lies in its variety of safaris, which include foot safaris, boat safaris and game drives. Endowed with a variety of habitats, including savannah and open woodland to dense forest and papyrus swaps. The lake gives a year round supply of water, and as many tree roots reach the ground water table, the island's forests are evergreen. A variety of ground orchids and tree orchids, gloriaosa lilies and fireball lilies flower in the short rainy season during October and December. Spectacular trees, such as the Red Coral tree, bloom almost all year round. As it is an island, Rubondo is easy to protect. Its undisturbed forests provide tranquil environment for many animals. Visitors may be assured of encountering hippo, crocodile, bushbuck, sitatunga, vervet monkeys, marsh mongoose and genets. It is somewhat more difficult to see giraffes, roan antelope, and colobus monkeys, although they are there. The low visibility caused by the dense forest and the shyness of the game, also make it difficult to find the few elephants, rhinos or chimpanzee, which have been introduced to the park. Its range of habitat makes Rubondo a bird watcher's paradise. Its feathers include water and forest species, either residents of East and Central Africa or migrants from Europe and South America. Frequently seen are the fish eagle, Goliath heron, sacred ibis, saddle-billed stork, kingfishers, cuckoos, bee-eaters, sunbirds and many different waterfowl. Situated in the Emin Pasha Gulf, adjacent to Biharamulo Game Reserve on the mainland, it may be reached by boat from Mwanza, or by car from Mwanza to Nyamirembe Yozu Port at Biharamulo (290 km), where a boat connection may be made. Tent facilities are available on the island, but visitors must bring their own food supply.

Source: Daily News

27.07.2006 >>


MICROSOFT Corporation is set to implement Information and Communication Technology (ICT) programmes aiming at promoting e-government, tourism and education in Tanzania. This is contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed recently between President Jakaya Kikwete and Microsoft Chairman Mr Bill Gates. Terms of agreement are expected to be reached within 90 days beginning July 11, according to reliable sources. Microsoft has pledged in the Memorandum that it wished to implement programmes that promote ICT among public, educational organizations and the business community. Before the signing of the Memorandum in South Africa, the two parties had discussed the issue for a year. Following the signing of the Memorandum, a Joint Committee comprising senior government officials, the private sector and Microsoft managers was formed to facilitate implementation of the agreement. According to a document availed to this paper, the Committee will meet regularly at agreed locations to plan the way forward. The institution has also pledged to support setting up of an ICT unit at the planned national university in Dodoma.

Source: Daily News

18.07.2006 >>


THE government has formed a special technical committee that would, among other terms of reference, identify an investor for the Mchuchuma coal deposits and Liganga coal and iron projects to speed up electricity generation. "The (other) terms of reference include evaluation of the proposals from possible investors and to advise the government on how best to develop Mchuchuma and Liganga mines," the Minister for Energy and Minerals, Dr Ibrahim Msabaha, told the National Assembly here yesterday. Moving his ministry's estimates for the financial year 2006/07, Dr Msabaha requested the House to endorse 432.5bn/- for development expenditure and 32.6bn/- for recurrent expenditure. According to studies, Mchuchuma has enough coal deposits to generate 500 MW of electricity, roughly the country's total current energy needs for the next 100 years. However, Dr Wilbroad Slaa (Karatu-Chadema) wondered what kind of an investor the government was looking for as the House was introduced to a delegation from a German firm, Siemens, said to represent the investor in the project. On oil exploration, Dr Msabaha told the House that the government would continue to encourage more exploration efforts. He said, however, that such work, between Mtwara and Pemba, was currently blocked as a result of the Zanzibar government's stance for ownership review of petroleum deposits. Dr Msabaha further told the House that mining sector faced too many ownership disputes and bad relations among miners which he attributed to poor technology used in the issuance of mining licences. The ministry and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) have started to harmonise the issuance of mining licences under a project known as Mining Cadastral Information Management System (MCIMS). Under the project, 22 regional mining licensing offices would be computer-linked with software to track steps reached for each application at any one office. In the same spirit, the government has established the Arusha Gemstone Carving Centre to add value to the minerals produced in the country. Dr Msabaha also told the House that the government has temporarily stopped issuing large-scale mining licenses while large-scale mining contracts were being reviewed. The objective is to have minerals contribute substantially to gross domestic product (GDP). Currently, minerals contributed only 3.5 per cent to GDP which the opposition said was both a shame and too small. Tanzania is Africa's third largest producer of gold alone apart from diamonds and other rare gemstones.

Source: Daily News

17.07.2006 >>


EAST African immigration chiefs have backed an initiative to have a common East African visa for tourists which, if approved, will be applicable in all three partner states of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The initiative was tabled during their meeting here at the weekend. A source at the meeting said that the move follows a suggestion by tourist boards in the partner states for a common visa to speed up promotion of East Africa as a single tourist destination, in line with the EAC Council of Ministers resolution. The initiative is now expected to be tabled before relevant sectoral meetings such as foreign affairs and finance, because of implications of policy and financial issues to the partner states. Under the initiative, tourist visa could be issued by any partner state's embassy and honoured in all three countries. This will alleviate the inconvenience of collecting visa from all three EAC countries for tourists as is the case at present. "Tourists will only need to apply for one visa at any of the embassies of the three EA partner states," explained the source. The source said that the region would stand to gain a lot if the initiative was completed before November, just before the start of the World Travel Fair in London and later at the Berlin Fair. "We can begin to market the region as a single EA tourism destination at these fairs," the source said. Common tourist visits will enable the private sector to prepare itineraries and packages for the three countries, she said, adding that the move would also enhance travel by residents within EA. The rationale for a common visa follows the spirit of common EA customs union, launched last year, common EA passports and the path towards establishment of the EA common market by year 2010..

Source: Daily News

5.07.2006 >>

DAILY NEWS: Tazara: A great railway through the roughest bush and highland splendor

RECENTLY the Prime Minister, Mr Edward Lowassa, led the visiting Prime Minister of the Republic of China, Mr Wen Jiabao, in remembering the fallen Chinese who accidentally lost lives while constructing the Tazara Railway. Indeed, the Chinese and their fellow Tanzanians, who miserably lost their precious lives, will remain fallen heroes of the railway that takes its place among the great railways of the world, reports Correspondent GRATIAN LUHIKULA... RUNNING some 1,870km from Dar es Salaam to Zambia's Kapiri Mposhi--the heart of copper belt-- the railway is regarded as the greatest engineering effort of its kind since the Second World War. The railway took only five years to build and was finished ahead of schedule in 1975. Before the railway construction began, 12 Chinese surveyors travelled for nine months on foot from Dar es Salaam to Mbeya in the Southern Highlands to choose and align the railway's path. Thereafter, 25,000 Chinese and about 50,000 Tanzanians were engaged to construct the historical railway. Braving rain, sun and wind, the workers successfully laid the track through Africa's most rugged landscape. The work involved moving 330,000 tonnes of steel rail and the construction of 300 bridges, 23 tunnels and 147 stations. These impressive figures are silent testimony of the struggle and hardship of the workers, many of who gave their lives. Earlier popularly known as the Freedom Railway, it begins in Dar es Salaam, cuts through the coastal strip before passing between Mikumi National Park and the vast Selous Game Reserve. Travellers get the opportunity to see Selous' abundance of game - giraffe, elephant, zebra, antelope and warthog, which with time are now used to the rumbling noise of the train. After the Selous, the railway cuts through the fertile Kilombero Valley. It skirts the great Kibasira Swamp before tackling the greatest challenging area between Mlimba (the Kingdom of Elephants) and Makambako (the Place of Bulls). This is the place where constructors of the railway met the greatest challenge. With the altitude rising 2,500m through contorted mountains, precipitous valleys and deep swamps, it was necessary to construct 18 tunnels, which cross four major rivers. Because of the heavy rainfall experienced in this area, intricate drainage works had to be integrated with every feature. At one stage the railway runs over an aquatic. But perhaps, the most spectacular feature is the bridge across Mpanga River valley, which stands above the river on three 50m tall pillars. After climbing the Southern Highlands, the railway levels out onto a rolling plateau. Here the weather becomes noticeably cooler, the air sharper. This is the coffee and tea country of Njombe with large estates punctuated only by groves of bamboo and fields of maize. During the months of June and July, frost, and even an occasional sprinkling of snow, is not uncommon. On the approach to Makambako the Udzungwa Mountains National Park raise 2,137m to the north, while the Kipengere Mountains roll ahead to the south. Makambako is one of the meeting points of the railway and the Tanzania-Zambia Highway. Additionally is the Songea-bound road, making Makambako a busy town where travellers in transit to Songea, Iringa, Dar es Salaam and Mbeya find their connections. The residents of Makambako capitalise on the opportunity to sell their products to travelers. Young boys and girls do an enterprising trade in fruits, cooked maize, sweet potatoes, roasted chicken, sugar cane, chewing gum and cigarettes. From Makambako the railway and the highway run a parallel course towards Mbeya. They run passed the Kipengere Mountains that towers to the left. Mostly grassland, with occasional belts of forest along the river courses, they rise to a height of over 2400m. During the wet season, from December to May, this area becomes an enormous carpet of flowers. Travellers by road have the opportunity of stopping to admire some of the more impressive scenic wonders to be found among the southern splendor. For example, from the vicinity of Kitulo, a bracing walk may be made to the summit of Chaluhangi (2929m). But perhaps the most rewarding is the walk to the summit of Mtwori, which at 2,961m, is the highest point in the Southern Highlands. A four-wheel drive vehicle track leading towards Njombe passes near the mountain base. From here a walking track bears left to the ridge of the mountain where a magnificent plateau is covered by monadenium flowers. Visitors are advised, however to arrange for escorts and to inquire about track conditions before setting out. After the Kipengele Mountains, the Uporoto Range takes over with the Usangu Flats stretching to the right. Many streams cross the highway to empty into these flats where game, which has strayed outside the Ruaha National Park, may be sighted. At Chimala, a track leading south offers a scenic drive to Ntamba in the Uwanji area, where pyrethrum is cultivated. Here the lovely woodlands include Brachystegia trees, while a variety of flowers, among them the rare Eulophia norlindhii orchid, flourish in the grass beneath the trees. Butterflies and hawk moths add their touch of color. From the top of the Ntamba escarpment one may have a superb view over the Usangu and Buhoro Flats. These flats form the drainage basin of the Great Ruaha River. The flats which, may be explored from Chimala, are a paradise for botanasits, lepidopterists and entomologists. From Chimala the highway and the railway pass through a series of scenic delights, including sights of interesting birds such as martins and swifts, waterfalls and stretches of open savannah with flat swampy areas, usually full of flowers, before entering Mbeya town. Clustered around verdant hills with the protective backdrop of the Mbeya Ranges towering over it, Mbeya was founded in 1927 to serve the gold mines at Lupa. After the gold fields were closed in 1956 the town continued to grow, relying on its agricultural production, to become a scenic gem in its setting amongst the southern splendor. From Mbeya town, both the Tazara and the highway, head northwestwards to Tunduma where they cross the border to Zambia.

Source: Daily News

4.07.2006 >>

DAILY NEWS: Number of mobile phone users in Tanzania swell

WHILE presenting development plan and expenditure estimates for his ministry in Parliament here yesterday, the Minister for Infrastructure Development, Mr Basil Mramba, revealed some interesting figures regarding the sector that he leads. Notable among them was the fact that the number of cellular phone users in Tanzania has reached 3.8 million, up from 126,646 in 2000. However, this feat has been reached at a price as the number of fixed lines customers being served by the Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) has fallen and reached 145, 000 by May, this year, compared to 154,420 last year. "The fall in the number of people using fixed phones is attributed mainly to the widespread use of cellular phones," Mr Mramba said. Vodacom leads with 2,082,500 customers followed by Celtel with 952,000 subscribers, Tigo with 590,000 clients and Zantel, which has a 230,000 clientele. Other figures worth a note are in the Posts area where, according to Mr Mramba, 17.7 million letters were distributed by the Tanzania Posts Company (TPC) last year, an eight per cent drop compared to 19.4 letters in 2004. There were also drops in the use of registered letters and packages, where the plunge has reached 19 per cent. Remarkable figures were on the transport sector. In the airline industry, Mr Mramba said, the number of passengers flying on domestic and international flights reached 2.2 million up from 1.9 million the previous year-a 13.7 per cent increase. The Shirika la Usafiri Dar es Salaam (UDA) shares part of this success story with the number of passengers it ferried within the city reaching 1.6 million up from 1.4 million the year before. This is a 16 per cent increase.

Source: Daily News

28.06.2006 >>

Daily News: Jane Goodall Honored for Chimpanzee Work in Tanzania

THIS Monday, Dr Jane Goodall received an Honorary Degree of Science (Honoris causa) at the 17th graduation of the Open University of Tanzania (OUT). This is one of more than 20 awards she has received since her first one in 1980-the World Wildlife Award for Conservation. Staff Writer JIANG ALIPO, using agencies, explores the life and achievements of the great zoologist... DR Goodall, who is best known as chimpanzee expert and conservationist, was born in London in April 1934. Through out her life, she has also gained credit as an ethologist, a zoologist, a primatologist and a conservationist. Dr Goodall is known for her landmark, long-term observations of chimpanzees in their natural habitat, particularly at the Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania. She started her career in chimpanzee expertise as an assistant to Dr. Louis Leakey, an anthropologist she met in London. Young Dr Goodall she came to work for Dr Leakey in the then Tanganyika at a tender age of 23 years old, in 1957. After working with Dr Leakey, for almost three years, in 1960 she established a research camp in the Gombe Stream Game Reserve, in Kigoma region, near Lake Tanganyika, to study chimpanzee behavior in their natural habitat. In her long-term study of 30 years, Dr Goodall kept meticulous records of chimpanzee movements, interactions, and social organisation. Among her many findings are that chimpanzees are capable of complex behaviour patterns and emotional relationships and have the dexterity and intelligence to make and use tools. She has stressed that chimpanzees - humans' closest living relatives - resemble humans not only genetically and physiologically but also behaviorally. For example, chimpanzees use such gestures as kissing, tickling, embracing, holding hands, and patting one another on the back. Dr Goodall was instrumental in the recognition of social learning, thinking, acting, and culture in wild chimpanzees, their differentiation from the bonobo, and the inclusion of both species along with the gorilla as Hominids. One of Dr Goodall's major contributions to the field of primatology was the discovery of tool use in chimpanzees. She discovered that chimpanzees poke twigs into termite mounds. The termites would grab onto the stick with their mandibles and the chimpanzees would then just pull the stick out and eat the termites. Previously, only humans were thought to use tools. Another characteristic of the chimpanzee that the zoologist discovered was the cooperative hunting of red colobus monkeys. The discovery showed that they are not strict vegetarians, as had been believed. Dr Goodall also set herself apart from the traditional conventions of the time in her study of primates by naming the animals she studied, instead of assigning each a number, which was a nearly universal practice at the time. In 1977 she founded the Jane Goodall Institute (JDI) for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation in Silver Spring, Md. The institute supports the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. JDI, which has 19 offices around the world, is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa. Later she established "Roots and Shoots," an international children's environmental education program which currently has over 8,000 groups in 96 countries. Dr Goodall is the author of several books including My Friends the Wild Chimpanzees (1967), In the Shadow of Man (1967), The Chimpanzees of Gombe (1986), and Reason for Hope (1999). Dr Goodall's many honors include the Tanzanian Kilimanjaro Medal, Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, and the Gandhi-King Award for Nonviolence. In April 2002, Secretary-General Kofi Annan named Dr Goodall a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Today, Dr Goodall devotes virtually all of her time to advocating on behalf of chimpanzees and the environment, lecturing around the world, making appearances to support animal welfare and conservation traveling nearly 300 days a year.

Source: Daily News

Niobium mineral discovered in Mbeya

Tanzania might become a ship building nation in future following the discovery of large quantities of Niobium, a salt resistant mineral at Panda Hill in Mbeya region. The Southern Highlands Mining Officer, Alex Magayane told this paper in Mbeya last week that prospecting and environmental impact assessment had already been done by two companies, adding that mining would start any time. He mentioned one of the companies as Rex Well, a subsidiary of Euronet Africa of UK, which he said was already through with the feasibility study. He said according to the survey done last year by the firm, ''the area has about 90 million tonnes of Niobium, of which 200 million are industrial reserves and 140 are inferred reserves.'' Magayane said the firms would use open cast method to mine the mineral as most of it "is found on the near surface." The officer, who was speaking on the potentiality of mining in the Southern HIghlands region, said that the area was endowed in key strategic minerals and that it is their exploitation that would give the country a major leeway to development. He said the Southern Highlands in general and Mbeya Region in particulalar were endowned with minerals that ''are key to the country's developemnt.'' He mentioned some of them as coal found in Kiwira and Mchuchuma and iron which is found in Liganga, niobium found in (Panda) Mbalizi, gypsum found in Songwe and traventine marble only found at Songwe and alluvial marble found at Igawa in Mbeya Region and at Njombe in Iringa Region. The officer said that in the long run, Tanzania might not import marble because of the increasing efforts by miners and industrialists to shape artfacts from the mineral. He gave the example of some of the artifacts of the current Bunge building which he said were made from travetine marble manufactured by Marmo E Granito Mines in Mbeya Region. He said other minerals include carbon dioxide mined by Tanzania Oxygen at Mwakaleli in Rungwe District.


19.06.2006 >>

1 per cent decline in GDP projected

The real Domestic Growth Product (GDP) is projected to decline to 5.9 this year from last year's 6.8 per cent, a decline of about 0.9 per cent, the Parliament was told on Thursday. Presenting overall macro-economic objectives in his speech on the state of the economy, proposals for the medium term plan and expenditure framework for the 2006/07 to 2008/09 the Minister of Planning, Economy and Empowerment, Dr Juma Ngasongwa, said the economy is projected to grow by only 5.9. However, the real growth is expected to increase dramatically over the next three to four years, from 5.9 per cent this year to an ambitious 7.9 per cent high in the year 2009, noted the Minister. ''Real GDP is projected to grow by 5.9 per cent in year 2006, 7.3 per cent in year 2007, 7.7 per cent in year 2008 and to 7.9 per cent in year 2009," said Dr Ngasongwa in his 76-page speech. According to the minister, the rate of inflation is expected not to exceed 4.0 per cent at 2001 prices by June next year. Dr Ngasongwa informed Parliament that government's domestic revenue are expected to increase by 14.5 per cent in the year 2006/07, 14.7 per cent in 2007/08 and 14.8 per cent in 2008/09. Broad money supply is expected to be consistent with the growth of the GDP and the agreed rate of inflation, explained the minister. ''The government will maintain sufficient official foreign reserves to sustain imports of goods and non-factor services of not less than seven months,'' he said. Dr Ngasongwa said the basis of the plan and budget for the medium term 2006/07 to 2008/09 will focus on sustaining the macro-economic stability by increasing impetus in the implementation of the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (Mkukuta). He further explained that implementation of Mkukuta will be achieved through continued implementation of the Business Environment Strengthening for Tanzania (BEST-Mkurabita) among other immense scale programs. Others, he said, include implementation of the Mini-Tiger Plan 2020, Lake Victoria-Kahama-Shinyanga water supply project and construction of roads, bridges and irrigation infrastructure to boost communications. ''The government will also continue to identify and implement plans and strategies that will accelerate economic growth such as National ID registration programme and Geographical Information System-GIS and National Spatial Data Infrastructure-NSDI,'' noted Dr Ngasongwa. He added that the government would strengthen and support the informal sector to expand and stabilize in order to be mainstreamed into formal sector and strengthening of frameworks for coordination and monitoring of development projects at all levels. Decentralization of devolution policy through local government reform programme and sensitization of the community to be disciplined and aggressive in implementing economic activities will also be given special emphasis, Dr Ngasongwa said. He said that important issues of national interest to be emphasized in the next fiscal year include, among other things, implementation of plans, strategies and targets focusing on the growth of the economy, employment creation, increased productivity and national income. Others are sensitizing all sectors to design sustainable strategies that will improve the living conditions of people, encouraging investors to put up investments in small and medium scale agro-processing industry and promoting strategies for national food security.


15.05.2006 >>

The winners of sixth annual Tanzania Tourism Awards

Now in its sixth year, the prestigious Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB)`s Annual Tourism Awards were presented by Peter J. Mwenguo, TTB Managing Director, on behalf of Hon. Anthony Diallo, MP, Tanzania`s Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, at a Gala Tanzania Night. This Award dinner has become one of the celebrated traditions of the annual Africa Travel Association`s (ATA) International Congress. The 2006 honorees are Boston-based Overseas Adventure Travel - the Tour Operator Humanitarian Award; TravelTalkRADIO, the Media Award; Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski in Dar es Salaam, The Hotel Award and Precision Air, the Airline Award. The Awards Dinner took place on Tuesday, May 2, in Accra, Ghana. Present at the Awards Dinner and Ceremony was the ATA Congress host, Hon. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, Ghana`s Minister of Tourism and Modernisation of the Capital City, ATA President, Hon. Kabinga J. Pande, MP, Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, Zambia, Hon. Stephen Asamoah Boateng, MP, Ghana`s Deputy Minister of Tourism and Modernisation of the Capital City, and ATA Executive Director, Mira Berman. Also in attendance were the Ministers of Tourism and heads of delegations from more than 20 African countries, the ATA International Board of Directors and Chapter representatives as well as more than 350 ATA delegates, mostly American Travel professionals. In addition to the Mr. Mwenguo, the Tanzania delegation included representatives from the Tanzania Ministry for Natural Resources & Tourism, the Tanzania Tourist Board, Tanzania National Parks and Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority. TTB established the Tanzania Tourism Awards in 2001, both to express its support and appreciation to the travel professionals and media who have worked hard to promote and sell Tanzania from the US market; and as an incentive to increase the numbers even more in the coming years. Peter Mwenguo, Managing Director TTB, noted "Tanzania Tourism is booming. We have experienced an increase of close to 12% annually in the last few years, bringing us to 700,000 visitors in 2005, generating $1.072 billion USD. These awards provide us with an opportunity to recognize and show our appreciation to our partners in the industry who have made an enormous contribution to this increase in tourism. The TTB `Humanitarian Award,` now in its third year, was established in the belief that it is our local communities that must realize the financial benefits of this tourism boom. For this reason we applaud those tour operators who themselves "give back" to the local villages that they visit and encourage their clients to do so. In the end, tourism is about sustainable development that will encourage a culture of peace and friendship through tourism." Amant Macha, TTB Marketing Director, added "this year we wanted to not only honor our partners from the US, but our partners at home, who have helped to improve the quality and infrastructure of our tourism product. We could not experience this dramatic growth in tourism without this private sector investment and support." The 2006 Award Honorees: " 2006 Media Award - TravelTalkRADIO, " 2006 Hotel Award - Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski " 2006 Airline Award - Precision Air " 2006 Tour Operator Humanitarian Award - Overseas Adventure Travel


12.05.2006 >>

Number of tourists visiting Tanzania soars

More than 612,000 tourists visited Tanzania last year earning the country a total ofUSD820m. The figure went up by 29,947, representing an increase of 32 percent. In 2004, Tanzania earned more than 745 million US Dollars after 582,807 tourists visited the country . Speaking to The Guardian recently, Assistant Director of Tourism (research, training and statistics) Ibrahim Mussa said Tanzania has the best national parks in the world, which attract a good number of tourists. He said of the total number, 330,593 tourists arrived by air, 271,846 by road and 10,315 arrived by sea. On what the tourists preferred most, he said many chose Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Parks and mount Kilimanjaro, while a few of them visited the beached and other tourist attractions. He said even if tourists did not visit specific areas, their coming into the country is a blessing because they come with a lot of money to spend. The Bank of Tanzania and the National Bureau of Statistics compile data on tourists and have since established the amount the visitors bring into the country. 'The BoT and Bureau of Statistics take a sample of about 40 tourists and analyse their expenses, including accommodation, fee paid on entering national parks and traveling among others,' he said. He named the tourist entry points as Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar airport, Zanzibar port, Namanga and Horohoro borders. He said the country's vision is to have more than one million tourists visiting the country by the year 2010. Tourists come from different countries including Kenya(113,772) Britain (52,464) Italy (49,834) and (USA 47,821).


04.05.2006 >>

Tanzania Tourism Presentation on Vatel Ship

On 25th April 2006 the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in the Russian Federation and Tanzania National Parks in partnership with the Professional Tourist Club of Russia organized a colorful Tanzania Tourism Presentation aboard Vatel VIP Class Ship on the Moscow River. About 150 representatives from various large Moscow Tour operators, tourism media, insurance companies and other related institutions participated in this Tanzania evening. The program of the event, which started at 19.00 hrs, included Speeches by H.E The Ambassador of Tanzania Mr. Patrick Chokala and the President of Russian Union of Travel Industry Mr.Sergei Shpilko. Speaking at the event, Ambassador Chokala said that Tanzania with its vast National Parks, Game Reserves, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Spice Island of Zanzibar and other wonderful beaches as well as the Kilimanjaro Mountain will never disappoint the Russian tourist. The Ambassador reassured Russian tourism stake holders, that the Tanzania Embassy in Moscow will continue with its tradition of providing visas to Russian tourists within one day after receiving application. Mr. Sergei Shpilko noted that Tanzania is a new destination for Russian tourists and the Russian Union of Travel Industry will offer its full support to the Tanzania Embasy in developing this destination. Mr.Allan Kijazi of Tanzania National Parks made a detailed presentation of Tanzania Tourism attractions. The presentation included a brief outline of Tanzania National Parks with a special emphasize on relatively new Parks of Saadani and Kitulo as well as the southern tourism circuit, which is not well known to Russian tourists.Mr. Kijazi spoke also of Tanzania beaches; especially the Zanzibar Island.Mr.Kijazi's presentation was followed by a DVD promotional film of Tanzania Tourist Board 'Tanzania Authentic Africa' and Serena Hotels promotional film. During the presentation on how to fly to Tanzania, Emirates Airlines revealed that as of April 2006, they have introduced direct non-stop flights from Dubai to Dar es Salaam. A lottery was also conducted resulting in Tour companies 'Space Travel' and 'Traveling Paints the World' winning two free tickets to Tanzania offered by Emirates Airlines. The two companies were also granted a two week tour package by Tanzania tour operators Cordial Tours and Victoria Expeditions respectively. Several people also won various prices ranging from Tanzania wine to coffee. An important highlight of the evening was the performance by the African Dancers-'Amazon'.

4.04.2006 >>

Government of the United Republic of Tanzania

PRESIDENT - Hon. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

VICE PRESIDENT - Dr.Ali Mohamed Shein

ZANZIBAR PRESIDENT - Hon. Aman Abeid Karume

PRIME MINISTER - Hon. Edward Ngoyai Lowasa

MINISTERS (Ministries in alphabetical order)

1. Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives

Minister: Joseph Mungai

Deputy ministers: Christopher Chiza, Hezekiah Chibulunje

2. Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children

Minister: Sofia Simba

Deputy Minister: Batilda Burian

3. Ministry of Defence and National Service

Minister: Prof Juma Kapuya

Deputy Minister: Omar Yusuf Mzee

4. Ministry of East African Co-operation Affairs

Minister: Andrew Chenge

Deputy Minister: Dr Deodorus Kamala

5. Ministry of Education and Vocational Training

Minister: Margaret Sitta

Deputy ministers: Mwantumu Mahiza, Ludovic Mwanzila

6. Ministry of Energy and Minerals

Minister: Dr Ibrahim Msabaha

Deputy Minister: Dr Lawrance Masha

7. Ministry of Finance

Minister: Zakia Meghji

Deputy ministers: Abdisalaam Issa Khatib and Mustafa Mkulo

8. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation

Minister: Dr Asha-Rose Migiro

Deputy Ministers: Ambassador Seif Ali Idd

9. Ministry of Health and Welfare Development

Minister: Prof David Mwakyusa

Deputy Minister: Dr Asha Kigoda

10.Ministry of Home Affairs

Minister: John Chiligati

Deputy Minister: Bernard Membe

11. Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing

Minister: Nazir Karamagi

Deputy Minister: David Mathayo

12. Ministry of Information, Culture and Sports

Minister: Mohamed Seif Khatib

Deputy ministers: Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi (Information), Joel Bendera (Sports)

13. Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Minister: Basil Mramba

Deputy ministers: Dr Maua Daftari, Dr Milton Mahanga

14. Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

Minister: Dr Mary Nagu

Deputy Minister: Mathias Chikawe

15. Ministry of Labour, Employment and Youth Development

Minister: Prof Jumanne Maghembe

Deputy Ministers: Jeremiah Sumari (Labour and Youths), Daniel Nsanzugwako (Youth Employment)

16.Ministry of Lands and Human Settlements Development

Minister: John Magufuli

Deputy Minister: Rita Mlaki

17. Livestock Development

Minister: Dr Shukuru Kawambwa

Deputy Minister: Dr Charles Mlingwa

18. Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism

Minister: Anthony Diallo

Deputy Minister: Dr Zabein Mhita

19. Ministry of Planning, Economy and Empowerment

Minister: Dr.Juma Ngasongwa

Deputy Minister: Salome Mbatia

20. Ministry of Public Safety and Security

Minister: Bakari Mwapachu

Deputy Minister: Mohamed Aboud

21. Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education

Minister: Prof Peter Msola

Deputy Minister: Gaudensia Kabaka

22. Ministry of Water

Minister: Stephen Wassira

Deputy Minister: Shamsa Mangunga

23.President's Office

State Minister, Public Service Management: Hawa Ghasia

State Minister, Good Governance: Philip Marmo

State Minister, Politics and Public Relations: Kingunge Ngombale-Mwiru

24.Vice-President's Office

State Minister, Union Affairs: Dr Hussein Mwinyi

State Minister, Environment: Prof Mark Mwandosya

25.Prime Minister's Office

State Minister, Regional Administration and Local Governments: Mizengo Pinda

State Minister: Parliament Affairs, Juma Akukweti

Deputy Minister: Selina Kombani

Deputy Minister, Disaster Management: Dr Luka Siame

2.04.2006 >>


The Embassy of The United Republic of Tanzania in partnership with Tanzania National Parks facilitated Tanzania's participation, for the 3rd time, at the Moscow International Travel and Tourism Fair 2006 which took place from 22nd to 25th March. Apart from Tanzania National Parks, the following Tanzania Tour Operators were part of the Tanzania team: Victoria Expeditions, Cordial Tours, Migoda Tours, Sun Tours and Travel and Ultra Travel Africa. The Tanzania delegation at MITT 2006 was led by Hon.Parsenko Kone, Regional Commissioner of Singida Region and Member of the TANAPA board of Directors. The Tanzania stand was visited by many Russian and CIS travel agents as well as normal citizens,who were interested in getting more information about tourism in Tanzania. Tanzania Tour Operators reported to have reached agreements of cooperation with several of their Russian counterparts. Within the framework of MITT 2006, Hon.Kone and H.E. Ambassador Chokala were invited to the Institute of Hotel Business and Tourism of the Russia Peoples' Friendship University (University).At the Institute the Tanzania delegation was introduced to the Institute program of training future managers of the tourism industry. The delegation was also able to meet with a group of Tanzania students studying at the Institute. Speaking at the Reception hosted by H.E.Ambassador Patrick.Chokala on the occasion of Tanzania's participation at MITT 2006, Hon.Kone said that Tourism is an important part of Tanzania's Economy and TANAPA will continue to cooperate with the Tanzania Embassy in Moscow in developing the Russia tourism market. Tanzania is also expected to participate at the autumn Moscow International Tourism Exhibition 'Leisure 2006' to held during September this year.

30.01.2006 >>


Tanzania participated at the Moscow International Stone Exhibition took place in Moscow, Russia from 25/01 to 27/01/2006.The purpose of participating in this exhibition was: " to promote Tanzania natural stones, which includes Dimension Stones and Semi Precious Stones, in the Russian market. " to present Tanzania investment opportunities in the mineral sector. Tanzania participation was coordinated by the Embassy of Tanzania in the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. The Tanzania team at the exhibition included officials from the following public and private sectors: 1. Ministry of Energy and Minerals 2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation 3. Marmo E Granto Mines(T) LTD(Dimension Stones) 4. Copacabana(T) LTD (Semi Precious Stones) 5. Embassy of Tanzania in the Russian Federation Samples of Dimension Stones and a wide range of Semi-Precious Stones were displayed in a 30M2 Tanzania stand. On 25th January, the first day of exhibition, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals made a presentation on Natural Stones of Tanzania and Investment Opportunities in the Mineral Sector.The presentation, which was opened by H.E.Ambassador Patrick Chokala, was made by Mrs.Augustina Rutaihwa, Senior Geologist from the Geological Survey of Tanzania.About 50 representatives from various Russian companies attended the presentation. There was huge interest among the Russian stake holders on the Tanzania stand. On average the stand was visited by more than 100 persons per day. The majority of visitors (about 70%) were interested in Dimension Stones-particularly Onyx Marble and Granite. About 30% were interested in Semi-precious Stones.

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