Southern circuit to be a buzzword in Tanzania

26 Sep 2022 Sheila Mfunami
An ambitious marketing and tourism promotion strategy aimed at taking tourism to the next level in Southern Tanzania, is expected to be unveiled this morning in Njombe Region, it was learnt on Sunday. Speaking in the margins of the East African Regional Tourism Expo here, an official with Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) Colleta Nchimbi said the move was aimed at making Southern Tanzania a powerhouse in the tourism sector. She said the two documents lined up to be launched include the Tanzania’s Southern Circuit Marketing and Promotion Strategy, which outline a number of steps and activities to be undertaken to publicise the tourism potential in Southern Tanzania. The second strategy is called Tanzania Cultural Tourism Experiences Marketing Strategy, which is meant to expose the rich cultures of the country including the southern parts. “The two documents stand to be a roadmap that outlines our strategies aimed at making tourism more meaningful to Tanzania,” she said. Ms Nchimbi, who is the focal person of the Resilience Natural Resource Management of Tourism and growth (REGROW) at TTB, said the project is being financed by World Bank Group. In addition to the strategies to be launched today, TTB through the REGROW Project is expected to build a Southern Circuit Marketing Destination Centre at Kihesa Kilolo in Iringa, which will have a conference hall, offices for the public and private sector and Tourism information Centre. She said current participation of the TTB in East African Regional Tourism Expo in Bujumbura, Burundi was in line with the new Tourism Strategies. The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ambassador Dr Pindi Chana (MP) is expected to be the Chief Guest in the launching ceremony. During her three-day working visit in Njombe Region early in August this year, President Samia Suluhu Hassan expressed the government’s resolve to promote the Southern Circuit with an objective to increase tourists inflow in the country. She announced the completion of plan to come up with the second phase of the Royal Tour documentary, which aims to showcase the country’s hidden tourist attractions. The producers, according to the Head of State, have already devised a strategy and come up with the title of the film – ‘The Hidden Tanzania.’ “When I launched the Royal Tour in Arusha, I mentioned that there will be second and third episodes of the documentary. The second episode of the documentary will show the world additional hidden spots in Tanzania,” she said. President Samia also stated that the Southern Circuit will be extensively included in the second plan. She asserts that the film will highlight attractions like Kitulo National Park, which is known for the diverse range of attractive flowers and several species of birds that flocks the park each year. During the public meeting minister Chana told the president that the Southern circuit has also attracted a number of tourists. She said statistics indicated that the number of visitors in Ruaha National Park has increased from 9000 to 13,000 since the launching of Royal Tour film, while in Kitulo National Park the number recorded is not less than 1,200. She noted that the documentary has also helped to expand market for food commodities. The minister however said that, her office is implementing the President directives of adding value to forest products. “Currently there are about 4,200 factories for forest products countrywide…we have also beekeeping business in which Njombe alone produces 85, tonnes of honey per year. She called upon the region residents to continue planting trees noting that 50 per cent of the region population has focused on agriculture and planting trees. She said forest products contribute 40 per cent in the region revenue. According to the Third Five-Year Development Plan (FYDP III of 2020/2021 to 2025/2026), Tanzania targets to achieve notching an income of 6 billion US dollars (about 14tri/-) from 5,000,000 tourists come 2025. more details ...

TZ commits 2.3bn/- to Global Fund

23 Sep 2022 Sheila Mfunami
Tanzania has committed to contribute one million US dollars (about 2.3bn/-) to support the Global Fund, while also calling upon other nations to fulfill their obligations in beefing up the fund to support the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Dr Mpango said this at the conference in New York City on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the annual high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The conference was hosted by United States President Joe Biden. The VP is in the United States to represent President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the annual UNGA meeting which was officially opened on September 13, this year. He was due to address the UN General Assembly later on Thursday. During the conference on Wednesday, the Global Fund secured 14.25 billion US dollars in crucial new funding, after decades of progress against the diseases were derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Allow me to officially announce Tanzania’s pledge of one million US dollars as a contribution to the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment…I appeal to all of us to take an effort in the same spirit, as we demonstrate and break another record on fundraising for the noble cause that Global Fund stands for,” Dr Mpango said. The fund, a public/private alliance set up in 2002, is seeking 18 billion US dollars for its next three-year funding cycle from governments, civil society and the private sector. Before Wednesday’s conference, it had already raised more than a third of the total. “At this Seventh Replenishment, I am calling upon you to step up once again and raise at least 18 billion dollars for the next three years. This is a minimum amount to get the world back on track towards ending HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria and I believe we can even exceed this target,” Dr Mpango stated. He added that the current global crises have diminished the recovery effort of most economies, following the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that most countries are still facing new challenges in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr Mpango further added that Tanzania appreciates the historic cooperation with the Global Fund, which had positive results that led to the reduction of the death toll caused by AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria He thanked the Global Fund Board for supporting Tanzania for many years, as well as thanking and congratulating the governments around the world, organisations, institutions and individuals for their contributions to the Fund over the past 20 years. He further added that Tanzania is committed to achieving the international goal of ending AIDS by 2030, by using new technology and innovative strategies. He told the conference that despite the success achieved in dealing with AIDS, TB and Malaria, Tanzania is still facing the challenge of new AIDS infections, especially among young people aged between 15-24. Moreover, he said that in dealing with TB, the nation is still facing obstacles of limited access to diagnostic services for the disease, especially in areas with important and vulnerable people, including mine workers, fishermen and prisoners. During the conference, US President Biden said “This is an investment that will save another 20 million lives, reduce mortality from these diseases another 64 per cent in the next four years.” “Thank you all for stepping up, especially in a challenging global economic environment, and I ask you, keep it going,” urged Biden. “What’s happened today is actually an unparalleled mobilisation of resources for global health,” said Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands. “For the government and people of Malawi, this is not a conference but a life saver,” Lazarus Chakwera, the President of Malawi, said earlier in the day after pledging 1million US dollars. According to UNAIDS, there were 990,000 adults and children in Malawi living with HIV in 2021, and USAID says that tuberculosis is a “major public health problem in Malawi”. Among the donors, the US has pledged the most at 6billion US dollars. more details ...

Dr Tulia hails NMB support for community projects

21 Sep 2022 Sheila Mfunami
SPEAKER of the National Assembly, Dr Tulia Ackson has commended NMB for supporting the government’s efforts in addressing challenges facing the health and education sectors in the country. “It is a great pleasure to see that NMB supports the efforts done by the government in ensuring that the health and education sector becomes better in the country,” she said. Dr Ackson made the remarks after receiving medical equipment worth 50m/- from NMB for Uhuru Hospital in Chamwino district of Dodoma region. Some of the medical equipment donated are namely the emergency beds, examination beds, freezers, stretchers, mattresses, cardiac monitor machines and bed sheets. Dr Tulia went further to ask NMB to continue supporting the government’s efforts in improving the health infrastructures including building clinics, hospitals and health centers across the country. About the NMB Marathon, the Speaker applauded the bank on the recognition of the challenge facing a group of women in the country, who are suffering from Fistula, as it costs a large amount of money to treat them. She also assured NMB that all members of parliament will register to participate and contribute on the intended amount that will be collected aiming at helping women facing fistula challenge. Speaking earlier, NMB Chief Executive Officer, Ruth Zaipuna said the bank expects to collect 600m/- in the second season of the marathon to support the treatment of women with Fistula challenges who are being treated at the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) hospital, Dar es Salaam. The second season of NMB marathon that will be held in leaders ground in Dar es salaam will be accompanied with the main theme known as ‘Mwendo wa upendo ‘and the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa will be the official guest. She added that the main goal of providing the equipment is to cooperatively work with the community and serve the community through Corporate Social Responsibility whereby in 2022 more than 2bn/-was allocated equal to one percent of the bank’s profit , therefore the equipment will help to improve the environment for caring for patients at Uhuru hospital. Meanwhile, Zaipuna has welcomed the Speaker Dr. Tulia Ackson and all Members of Parliaments to register for the NMB marathon. more details ...
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