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Southern circuit to be a buzzword in Tanzania

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.

TZ commits 2.3bn/- to Global Fund

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.

Dr Tulia hails NMB support for community projects

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.

Over 5000 Mwanza residents get TBS education on standards

More than 5,440 people from five districts of Mwanza region have been provided with education on various issues related to standards and procedures to be followed so as to secure quality mark of standard. The education was provided by Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) from 5th to 19th September this year in the districts; namely Sengerema (Sengerema Main Market), Kwimba (Bungulwa Auction), Misungwi (Misasai Auction), Ilemela (Kitangiri Market) and Magu (Kisesa Market) Speaking here after completion of the campaign, the TBS Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Ms Gladness Kaseka said that during the period they raised awareness to public on various obligations performed by the bureau, particularly on standards. “Through this campaign we have been able to reach 5,446 people after following them in their places where they conduct various economic activities including markets, auctions and other public places,” she said. Ms Kaseka said during the period they also provided education on standards to various entrepreneurs groups including 96 women entrepreneurs in Mwanza Region. “We informed entrepreneurs on procedures needed to get license of using quality mark of standard and how it can help them penetrate wide domestic and foreign markets,” she said. Furthermore, she said TBS provided education to entrepreneurs on things required to be done in order to produce goods that meet the country’s standards. She said they used the opportunity to provide awareness to the ‘wananchi’ on the need to buy certified goods by TBS, checking expiry dates of the goods and how to communicate with bureau for airing their views and challenges. She said they also told citizens to report immediately to the TBS when they come across expiry products in the market and those which have been banned for use in the country. “Citizens have thanked the organization for seeing the need to provide them with such information on standards because they have been facing major challenges, but they did not know what to do. But for now and for themselves, they have promised to get into a war of cheap goods because they are able to contact TBS, as they know we are there,” she said. The manager noted that the government has been putting more efforts to build strong economy that is sustainable and it is from this backdrop that TBS is continuing to provide education to producers and consumers on the need to abide to quality standards. She explained further that the certification services of goods produced by entrepreneurs are done by TBS free of charge. Entrepreneurs, she expounded, are required to get an introductory letter from Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) and from there TBS starts the certification process.

WALKING THE TALK: BUILDING A PROSPEROUS TANZANIA

IMPLEMENTATION of the blue economy sector has received a mega boost, following the official launch of a master plan for technical assistance to develop the fisheries sector in Tanzania. The robust plan that was launched on Tuesday by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa will be implemented in a period of 15 years from 2021/22 to 2036/37. The launch of the much awaited plan stands as a clear testimony of the continued efforts by the government to improve contribution of the blue economy to national and individual level. Speaking during the event, Mr Majaliwa said the government is taking all the measures to ensure that the contribution of the fishing sector to the national economy hits 10 per cent by 2037, up from the current 1.8 per cent. He added that the just launched master plan has a vital role to play in the fishing sector and growth of the blue economy. “The government has clear determinations to ensure all people are benefiting from this valuable sector that brings potential at individual and national level,” he said. According to him, the launched programme is in line with the vision of the sixth phase government under President Samia Suluhu Hassan on the fishing sector, adding that the government is open to receive all the suggestions that will land the docket to the next level. He said putting in place a number of strategies and plans will enable proper protection of marine resources for sustainable use as a result of creating employment and guarantee availability of nutritious food. He said sustainable use of the marine resources depends highly on proper supervision in the fishing sector at large. “Proper execution of the plan will serve as a catalyst for growth of the fishing sector and increase the number of fish and sea products that are up for harvest, processing and export,” he noted. Adding; “It will play a role in improving the harvest in the marine sector to 639,092 tonnes, up from the current 473,592 tonnes, being an increase of 35 per cent”. Expounding, Mr Majaliwa tasked the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to work closely with stakeholders from the public and private sector on ensuring effective implementation of the plan for sustainable development. Earlier, the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Mashimba Ndaki said the programme aims to benefit all players in the sector. “The focus is to attract more investment from the private sector,” he said, assuring that the ministry will provide all the support to whoever wants to invest in fishing. The ministry plans to improve supervision of resources and investment on the sea economic zone, ensuring that there is supervision and control of the quality of fish produced in the country, as well as putting up proper infrastructure for fisheries and boosting fishing business in the country. For his part, Board Chairman of the Tanzania Fishing Corporation (Tafico), Prof Yunus Mgaya said they are aiming at attracting investors in the blue economy. The project was being implemented in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). In its National Five Year Development Plan (FYDP III), the government has put in place plans to transform the fisheries sector by applying modern approaches. The plan includes intensification of the blue economy potentials in both marine and fresh waters. “Sector priorities include freshwater fishing, sea and deep-sea fishing, aquaculture, marine and freshwater conservation,” reads part of the plan. Also, the government is looking forward to strengthening fisheries institutional capacity, including revival of Tafico, supporting the private sector to establish and rehabilitate fishing industries as well as conserving marine and freshwater fisheries protected areas. Moreover, the plan will consider protection of critical habitats and conservation of endangered and threatened aquatic species, support investment in fisheries and aquaculture infrastructure and facilities, including promotion of commercial aquaculture production. The government will also ensure access to capital, expertise, skills and knowledge and fishing gear to small-scale fishermen and women through their respective social groups.

KCBL programme to boost coffee farmers output

The Kilimanjaro Cooperative Bank Limited (KCBL) has embarked on a programme aimed at supporting coffee farmers to increase coffee production. The good news was revealed here by the KCBL Branch Manager, Mr Baraka Jeconia when addressing a meeting of leaders of the Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Societies (Amcos) that are also members of the Farmers Kilimanjaro Coffee Company Limited (FAKICO). “Kilimanjaro was one of the regions that produced a lot of coffee in the past that saw Tanzania export tonnes of coffee going up, we want to be part of the team that will restore that pride,” he said. “To achieve that goal, we will cooperate with other coffee stakeholders like the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI) the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) and the coffee-producing Amcos. “The good working which TaCRI is doing of producing the new varieties of coffee seedlings clearly shows that there is an element of good fortune in the future as far as the campaign to revive coffee production is concerned,” he said, adding, to start with KCBL will provide transport to all seedlings which are produced by TaCRI to where the farmers will like to send ready to plant them (seedlings) ,” he noted. Mr Jeconia continued to say that KCBL will also provide loans to coffee growers which he said they (growers) will use to access insurance which they can use to pay for medical expenses. “Good health is a precondition for people’s well-being and productive lives; good health contributes to economic growth and that’s why we want to make sure farmers are insured so that they can have good health and continue to produce coffee,” he said. Mr Jeconia continued to say that KCBL decided to introduce health insurance loans to farmers due to the real fact that high treatment costs are the most intractable challenge for many people in rural areas most of them which he said were involved in agricultural activities. On his part, FAKICO Manager, Mr Gabriel Ollomi said the move by the financial institution was the right approach set at the right time when the country is busy working to increase coffee production. “The decision is a right approach, especially when put in mind that there are many efforts been applied to increase coffee production,” he said.

Dar, Singapore explore areas of cooperation

Tanzania and Singapore are looking to strengthen cooperation in various sectors especially in ports development, trade and investment for mutual benefits. Vice-President Dr Philip Mpango said during a meeting with Singapore’s Non-Resident High Commissioner to Tanzania, Douglas Foo, that there is a need for Tanzania to learn from Singapore’s success in the port industry. “Following the success attained in Singapore’s port sector there is a need for strengthening our cooperation to enable Tanzania’s port executives to undergo training and secure modern machines,” Dr Mpango said during the meeting held at the Chamwino State House in Dodoma on Tuesday. The VP also invited Singapore investors to come to Tanzania and invest in other sectors including, tourism infrastructure, industries, especially in value addition technology for crops and minerals. He expressed Tanzania’s readiness to cooperate with Singapore in various sectors including ports, health, industry, education, agriculture, trade, blue economy and ICT through investing in electronic equipment. The VP said the sixth phase government has continued to improve the business and investment environment and cooperate with other nations in various issues and ensure stable policies. He added that the government has focused on improving human resources by providing fee free education from primary to secondary schools, building education infrastructure and encourage students to pursue science subjects especially for female students. Dr Mpango also added that the government was also investing in health, water, construction of road infrastructure to connect regions and villages, ensure energy availability and construction of modern railway. For his part, Mr Foo said Singapore expects to strengthen cooperation with Tanzania in various areas especially in trade and investment. He said since his country has limited land for agriculture there was a need for cooperating with Tanzania in the sector in order to add value to the crops for the products to penetrate to the Singapore market and other Asian nations. The envoy said the manufacturing sector contributes 20 per cent of Singapore’s revenue, thus pledging to cooperate with Tanzania by setting up industries and providing technical training which will boost efficiency in the industries. The High Commissioner said that Singapore has continued to invest in simple technology which facilitates work and monitoring of various issues such as education and health.

Farmers told to capitalise on fertiliser subsidy

Tanzania Fertilizers Regulatory Authority (TFRA) has assured farmers that there are sufficient fertilizers for the coming farming season asking them to make better use of government subsidies in boosting their harvests. TFRA’s Executive Director Dr Stephen Ngailo said during a public rally here yesterday the subsidized fertilizers will have their bags marked with a barcode and a specific label to differentiate it from unsubsidized fertilizers. “Farmers are assured of the availability of the fertilizers, all needed is for them to register themselves in order to get the price that is under government subsidy,” he said at the rally organized by a Member of Parliament for Sumbawanga Urban Constituency, Mr Aeishi Hilaly. In 2022/23 the government through the ministry of agriculture has allocated 150bn/- to subsidize fertilizers prices so as to help farmers increase their crop output to have an improved contribution to the economy. Additionally, Dr Ngailo assured farmers of a timely availability of fertilizers ahead of the coming farming season. Detailing, Dr Ngailo told the gathering that under the subsidy arrangement a bag of DAP that was sold for 150,000/- now will cost 70,000/- only while that of Urea which used to fetch 140,000/- will cost 70,000/- Others on the list including CAN that was sold for 120,000/- will now cost 60,000/- whereas SA that used to fetch 80,000/- will now cost 50,000/- “Under this arrangement the government will pay for 52,000/- subsidy” emphasized Dr Ngailo. On his part the lawmaker, Mr Hilaly asked farmers through their cooperative unions and their Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Society (Amcos) to ensure they are registered on time to the system so that they cannot miss the fertilizer once the farming season kicks off. “Farmers must register themselves on time to the system so to get access to the agricultural inputs at affordable price so as to increase their harvests” noted the MP. Meanwhile Dr Ngailo also said, Tanzania has increased its local capacity of manufacturing fertilizers, a move that assures farmers with ease accessibility of the g input for an improved harvest. According to him, last year, there were a total of 62,000 tonnes of fertilizers that were manufactured within the country, this year the number will go up. This year the Minjingu Fertilizer Company will provide 70,000 tonnes to be sold under subsidization arrangement, and they expect to have fertilizer from the Intracom factory being built in Dodoma that will offer over 100,000 tonnes. As per latest available statistics, the actual demand of fertilizer in Tanzania stands at an average of 700,000 tonnes however in the last farming season the consumption was only 450,000 tonnes. The fertilizers subsidy arrangement comes after the government raised the budget for agriculture from 250bn/- in the 2021/2022 financial year to 952bn/- this 2022- 2023.

Kagera farmers paid over 75.1bn/- through on-line coffee auctions

The Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) Regional Manager, Mr Edmond Zani has revealed that within a period of two months over 35,00 tonnes of coffee were sold through on-line auctions, enabling Kagera farmers to pocket over 75.1bn/-. “The government-led interventions have positively improved farmers livelihoods in Kagera Region, enabling them to pocket over 75.1bn/- for 35,000 tonnes of coffee sold through on-line auctions within a period of two months. This is very commendable,” he said. Karagwe and Kyerwa districts were leading by producing best coffee in their fertile plantations thus enabling the farmers to earn more incomes. He explained that during the auction held on August 22, this year Nguvukazi Agricultural and Marketing Cooperative Societies (AMCOS) from Kyerwa District sold a total of 142,000 kilogrammes of robusta, where a kilogramme was sold at 2,085/-. Kijumbura AMCOS from Karagwe District sold a total of 136,300 kilogrammes of robusta coffee, where a kilogramme of coffee was paid 2,135/-, while Ngara AMCOS sold a total of 15,128 kilogrammes of Arabica, where a kilogramme was paid 3,090/-. He explained that the auctions were being held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays covering AMCOS under the Kagera Cooperative Union (KCU), Karagwe District Cooperative Union (KDCU) and Ngara AMCOS. KCU comprised about 134 AMCOS with 60,000 members. Out of the number, 53 were in Muleba, 27 in Missenyi, 51 in Bukoba Rural, while three others are in Bukoba Urban. KDCU on the other hand, comprised of 126 AMCOS. Meanwhile, Ngara AMCOS leaders have appealed to TCB to ensure that the buyers collect the coffee from the AMCOS facilities after the auctions, to avoid risks including thefts and fire outbreak. An official identified by single name as Zepha, explained that some of the buyers delayed to collect the coffee from AMCOS facilities for more than three weeks thus risking the crop. “We (leaders) were being blamed by the farmers because the AMCOS facilities were full and we cannot receive more coffee from the farmers. Some of the buyers delay in collecting the coffee causing risks including thefts and fire outbreak,” he said.

MINISTRY TRANS VEGETABLE FARMERS

The Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade has conducted training for small vegetable farmers in order to increase the level of production as well as the wide scope of markets. Opening a five-day training which involved vegetable farmers from Bunda District in Mara Region and Busega District in Simiyu Region on Tuesday, the Bunda District Commissioner, Mr Joshua Nassary asked the farmers to increase their creativity in producing vegetables and fruits, especially by using the available various opportunities. "We need farmers to benefit from this opportunity as well as to add value to the fields and promote commercial agriculture, not cultivate unpr agriculture. Now I leave a homework to you farmers of Bunda and Busega districts so that you can use this training well to step forward to change your life,” he said. Either DC Nassary said that those districts have a greater opportunity since they have Lake Victoria and neighboring countries that they can use to get markets. He commended the ministry for organizing the training aimed at upgrading small vegetable and fruit farmers in the district while asking the farmers to use the training as an opportunity to increase the value of crops in the field as well as promote agricultural business. Analysing the project info, the Head of the Project Coordination Unit from the Ministry, Ms Rita Magere said that the training was aimed at building the capacity of the farmers to develop their vegetable and fruit farming activities. “After this training, we believe they will increase the level of production as well as strengthen the competitiveness of small and medium businesses in the local, regional and international markets, especially for value-added products. “These trainings are aimed at liberating entrepreneurs in the sense of building their capacity in production but also reduce poverty by providing jobs for women and young people,” said Magere. She said the project was funded by The World Trade Organization (WTO) through the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Tanzania government. Furthermore, she said the implementation of the training was one of the implementations of the EIF project activities that were being implemented in various economic sectors in Tanzania. She said the three–year funding would be implemented in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. On her part, the Bunda Town Council Agriculture Officer, Ms Adelina Mfikwa said that the presence of the training is profitable for farmers as they face many challenges, including poor production. She said if farmers will pay attention to the training, it will be more productive for production, while promising to continue to cooperate with them to ensure that education received will increase cultivation and business. The training started on August 15 and officially end on August 2022.

WADAU WAHIMIZWA KUTOA ELIMU KUHUSU TAARIFA ZA MMILIKI MANUFAA

Wakala Wa Usajili Wa Biashara na Leseni (BRELA), imetoa wito kwa wadau kutoa elimu kuhusu dhana ya Mmliki Manufa katika kampuni, Ili taarifa hizo zipatikane kwa mujibu wa sheria. Akizungumza katika warsha ya siku mbili kuhusu uhamasishaji wa wadau kutoa taarifa hizo, inayofanyika katika ukumbi wa Chuo Cha Benki Kuu Jijini Mwanza, Kaimu Mkurugenzi wa Kurugenzi ya Kampuni na Majina ya Biashara, Bw. Meinrad Rweyemamu amesema kuwa taarifa hizo zinapaswa kuwasilishwa kwa mujibu sheria Ili kupata taarifa muhimu na sahihi za mmiliki halali wa kampuni. "Kuna baadhi ya wamiliki wa kampuni wanaonekana katika mfumo Ila katika uhalisia siyo wamiliki halali, hivyo ni vyema taarifa hizi zikawakilishwa kwa Msajili Ili Mmliki Manufaa atambulike, kwani kuna uwezekano mkubwa kwa mmiliki wa kampuni kutotaka kujulikana, hivyo taarifa hizi zitasaidia kumjua Mmiliki Manufaa ni nani katika kampuni," amefafanua Bw. Rweyemamu. Ameongeza kuwa taarifa hizi za Mmiliki Manufaa pia zitawezesha kumfahamu mtoa maamuzi katika kampuni kwa lengo la kupunguza mianya ya utakatishaji fedha na kutambua vyanzo vya fedha vya wamiliki wa kampuni kwa usalama wa Taifa na uchumi kwa Ujumla. “Dhana hii ni nzuri na ni lazima ifahamike kwa wadau na wamiliki wa kampuni, kwani inatoa wigo kwa Serikali kufanya maamuzi sahihi kama kuzuia masuala ya utakatishaji fedha, rushwa, kupanga kodi, pamoja na kuzuia mianya ya ugaidi, Dunia nzima inaelekea huko, nasi hatuna budi kuelekea huko," amefafanua Bw. Rweyemamu. Ameongeza kuwa awali mfumo ulikuwa unapokea taarifa bila kujali kinachofanyika, hivyo suala hili likawa chanzo cha mianya ya rushwa na tishio la kiusalama, ndiyo maana Sheria ya kuzuia utakatishaji fedha ikapitishwa, hivyo kampuni zinatakiwa kuwasilisha taarifa za Wamiliki Manufaa ili ifahamike chanzo cha fedha wanazomiliki. Ameowaomba wadau walioshiriki warsha wakiwemo Mawakili na Wawakilishi wa wamiliki wa kampuni kutoa elimu hii pia kwa wadau wengine Ili dhana hiyo ieleweke kwa wengi. Awali akitoa hutuba ya ufunguzi, Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Nyamagana Bi. Amina Makilagi amewapongeza wadau kujitokeza kwa wingi na kuomba waendelee kutoa ushirikiano kwa BRELA, ili kufanikisha dhana nzima ya urasimishaji biashara nchini. Pia ameongeza kuwa taarifa za Wamiliki Manufaa zinapaswa kuwasilishwa kwa wakati, kwani muda wa uwasilishaji uliongezwa na Serikali hadi Juni 30, 2022, Ili kutoa muda wa kutosha kwa wamiliki wa kampuni kutekeleza takwa hilo la kisheria. Hata hivyo ameitaka BRELA kuendelea kutoa elimu hiyo ili kuwafikia wamiliki wa kampuni wengi zaidi.

BRELA, FCC, SIDO KUIMARISHA USHIRIKIANO

Wakala wa Usajili wa Biashara na Leseni (BRELA), imesaini makubaliano ya ushirikiano na Tume ya ushindani (FCC), wakati huo huo FCC ikisaini na Shirika la Kuhudumia Viwanda Vidogo (SIDO), yenye lengo la kuboresha mazingira uwekezaji nchini. Akizungumza mara baada ya utiaji saini makubaliano ya ushirikiano huo Afisa Mtendaji Mkuu wa BRELA, Bw. Godfrey Nyaisa amesema BRELA ipo tayari kutoa ushirikiano kwa taasisi hiyo ikiwa ni pamoja na kutoa taarifa mbalimbali pale zinapohitajika. Bw. Nyaisa amesema kuwa ushirikiano wa taasisi hizo za Serikali ambazo zinawezesha biashara utatoa fursa kwa wawekezaji kupata masoko ya uhakika huku bidhaa zao zikiwa zinatambulika na Mamlaka husika. "Ndugu wanahabari tunaomba muufahamishe Umma wa Watanzania na wawekezaji kuwa utiaji saini huu unalenga kufungua milango zaidi ya uwekezaji ikiwa ni pamoja na kuondoa migongano ya hapa na pale ambayo inaweza kuchelewesha michakato ya urasimishaji wa biashara, hivyo tunafanya haya kuhakikisha wawekezaji wanakamilisha michakato ya ufanyaji Biashara kwa wakati," amefafanua Bw. Nyaisa. Kwa upande wake Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa FCC, Bw. William Erio amesema yanapotokea malalamiko ya mtu kutumia alama ya biashara ya mwingine FCC huomba taarifa kutoka BRELA kwani ndiyo yenye dhamana ya kusajili majina ya biashara, kampuni na alama za biashara. Wakati huo huo Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa SIDO, Profesa Sylvester Mpanduji amesema SIDO kama mlezi wa viwanda vidogo itahakikisha inatoa ushauri na kuhimiza wadau wanaopata mafunzo kurasimisha biashara zao BRELA, ili kukidhi vigezo katika soko la ndani na nje ya nchi. Utiaji saini makubaliano hayo yamefanyika tarehe 23 Juni, 2022 katika ofisi za FCC, Jijini Dar es Salaam, ikiwa ni muendelezo wa utekelezaji wa maagizo ya Waziri mwenye dhamana ya Uwekezaji, Viwanda na Biashara, yanayozitaka Taasisi chini ya Wizara hiyo, kufanya kazi kwa ushirikiano ili kuvutia wawekezaji na kufanya Tanzania kuendelea kuwa na mazingira mazuri ya uwekezaji.

Brela threatens to revoke registration of 5,000 dormant firms

The Business Registration and Licensing Agency (BRELA) yesterday announced its intention of revoking registration of 5,676 companies, which it claims to be dormant and clean its book of local and international firms operating in Tanzania. The state-run agency said there are some of the dormant companies which have not submitted their either annual returns or financial statement for up to 50 years so far, failing to comply with the legal requirements. Speaking to journalists on Friday, May 27, BRELA chief executive officer Godfrey Nyaisa said the agency would not continue to embrace inactive companies. “There are business names and brands other people would want to use but they cannot do so because such names and brands appear already occupied. This is a big challenge which we want to address,” said Mr. Nyaisa. According to him, the notices will be provided in three phases, the first two phases will be 30 days each, and the third will be 90 days to provide an opportunity for owners to confirm whether their companies are active or not. “Since my appointment into BRELA office, one of the challenges I have faced is the presence of many companies that do not operate or have any commercial activity in the register,” he said. Once the companies are deregistered, they will also lose all the assets, or until the owners of the company gets court approvals to restore the company to the register of companies. “We will advertise these companies in various newspapers and media with the aim of informing the owners about the intention to cancel them and also to inform the public about the intention,” he insisted. Mr. Nyaisa added that some of the reason for the companies to remain dormant includes failure to submit either financial statements or annual returns, lack of business capital, overwhelming conflicts among the owners, and failure to fulfill their intended purposes. He said that the companies will be published in print and multi-media for the owners to know the BRELA intention of deregistering them. On the target for the first and second round of deregistration include some 5,284 companies registered locally and some 392 others registered outside Tanzania. Last year, the government urged all companies to disclose their respective beneficial owners but until January 2022, only 14,026 companies complied with the requirement. The government which extended the deadline for another six months starting January 1, 2022 stated that the turnout was just about 14 percent of its expectations.

MAAFISA BIASHARA WATAKIWA KUTATUA KERO ZA WANANCHI

Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Tabora, Mhe. Balozi Dkt. Batilda Buriani amewataka Maafisa biashara kuwa karibu na Wafanyabiashara katika maeneo yao na kuwatatulia changamoto wanazokutana nazo. Dkt. Buriani amebainisha hay oleo tarehe 23 Mei, 2022 akifungua mafunzo ya siku tano ya Maafisa biashara wa Mikoa ya Tabora, Shinyanga, Katavi na Kigoma kwenye ukumbi wa Mkutano katika Ofisi ya Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Tabora. “Mafunzo haya ni chachu kwa Maafisa Biashara na kusambaza elimu kwa Wananchi pia nyenzo ya kupunguza kero mbalimbali na gharama za urasimishaji biashara, suala ambalo Serikali imekuwa ikilipigia kelele kwa nguvu zote” amesema Dkt. Buriani. Aidha amewataka Maafisa hao kufanya kazi kwa vitendo na kuwa Walimu watumishi wengine kwenye vituo vyao vya kazi, ambao hawakupata nafasi ya kuhudhuria mafunzo hayo. Akizungumza juu ya dhumuni la mafunzo hayo, Mkurugenzi wa Leseni kutoka Wakala wa Usajili wa Biashara na Leseni (BRELA), Bw. Andrew Mkapa kwa niaba ya Afisa Mtendaji Bw. Godfrey Nyaisa amesema lengo la kuu la kushiriki katika Mafunzo hayo ni kutoa Elimu ya Sheria ya Leseni za Biashara na hamasa kwa Maafisa Biashara kutimiza majukumu yao kulingana na taratibu zilizobainishwa kwenye Sheria ya Leseni za Biashara. “Dhumuni kuu ni kuwafikia Maafisa Biashara na kuwapa elimu juu sheria za utoaji wa Leseni za Biashara, na kutatua changamoto mbalimbali za sheria hiyo ili kuwapelekea Maafisa Biashara kuweza kutekeleza majukumu yao kwa weledi na ufasaha pindi watelekezapo majukumu yao” amesema Bw. Mkapa. Ameongeza kuwa zoezi hili ni moja ya mkakati wa kuondoa na kupunguza urasimu wa uwepo wa watu wa kati (vishoka) wanaokwamisha taratibu za upatikanaji wa Leseni kwa wafanyabishara. Bw. Mkapa ameeleza kuwa ni muhimu wa Maafisa Biashara kuwa karibu na wananchi, kwa kutoa huduma bora, saidizi na elimishi kwa wafanyabiashara ili kipato chao kikuwe na hatimaye Serikali ipate kodi na uchumi wa nchi uweze kukua na kuimarika. Kwa utafiti ndogo iliyofanyika kuhusu utendaji wa Maafisa Biashara imebainika kuwa Maafisa Biashara wengi wanafanyakazi kama wakusanya mapato hasa sehemu za biashara, vilabuni na kwenye nyumba za kulala wageni badala ya kuwa wasaidizi na washauri kwa wafanyabiashara na wawekezaji. Shughuli za biashara zinapokuwa rasmi, Wafanyabiashara wanakuwa katika nafasi nzuri ya kupata fursa mbalimbali zinazotolewa na Serikali au sekta binafsi kama vile zabuni na mikopo kutoka taasisi za kifedha. Pia, wanatambua mchango wao katika kuchangia kwenye pato la Taifa ambalo hatma yake ndio linaiwezesha Serikali kutoa huduma mbalimbali za kijamii kwa wananchi wote. Mafunzo ya Sheria ya utoaji wa Leseni za Biashara yameanza Mei 23, 2022 na yanatarajia kufikia tamati Mei 27, 2022.

MAAFISA BIASHARA WATAKIWA KUTATUA KERO ZA WANANCHI

Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Tabora, Mhe. Balozi Dkt. Batilda Buriani amewataka Maafisa biashara kuwa karibu na Wafanyabiashara katika maeneo yao na kuwatatulia changamoto wanazokutana nazo. Dkt. Buriani amebainisha hay oleo tarehe 23 Mei, 2022 akifungua mafunzo ya siku tano ya Maafisa biashara wa Mikoa ya Tabora, Shinyanga, Katavi na Kigoma kwenye ukumbi wa Mkutano katika Ofisi ya Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Tabora.

GEITA REGION SPENDS 3.1BN/- ON CONSTRUCTING LIVESTOCK AUCTION

GEITA region has spent 3.1bn/- so far to complete the first phase of construction of a modern livestock auction market at Buzilayombo Village in Chato District in the region. The project is being implemented at a total budget of 4.8bn/- by contractors-the National Housing Corporation (NHC) and the Tanzania Building Agency (TBA). That was stated over the weekend by Geita Regional Commissioner, Ms Rosemary Senyamule, on her official visit to the project which was officially launched in 2020. She said out of the total amount, about 900m/- has been provided by the Sixth Government Phase, under President Samia Suluhu Hassan in the current financial year, aimed at developing and completing the project. “This project, once fully completed, will boost more livestock businesses…the project is good and looks interesting, what is needed now is setting up work plans, we have no reason to delay,” she said. “Let’s make sure that we appropriately use this huge and costly government investment, because we no longer want to see people continue running livestock trade in the wrong places,” she insisted. Chato District Livestock and Fisheries Head of Department, Dr Elfas Msenya said the auction is expected to host about 700 to 1000 herds of cattle and 400 to 500 goats per day. “The special auction day will be on Saturday every week and the council will charge 1000/- for a cow, and 500/- for a goat whereas central government levies will be 6000/- per a cow and 1500/- per a goat,” Dr Msenya added. Reached for a comment, a resident of Buzilayombo village, Mr Mbaruku Hamza, acknowledged that the auction is going to open doors for livestock business opportunities for Chato and Geita pastoralists and in turn raise the livelihoods of the people

GEITA REGION SPENDS 3.1BN/- ON CONSTRUCTING LIVESTOCK AUCTION

GEITA region has spent 3.1bn/- so far to complete the first phase of construction of a modern livestock auction market at Buzilayombo Village in Chato District in the region.

BRELA YAIBUKA MSHINDI WA PILI KATIKA MAONESHO MOROGORO

Wakala wa Usajili wa Biashara na Leseni (BRELA), imeibuka mshindi wa pili kati ya taasisi 15 za Serikali zilizoshiriki kutoa huduma kwenye maonesho ya Tano ya Mifuko ya Programu za Uwezeshaji Wananchi Kiuchumi, mkoani Morogoro. Akizungumza mara baada ya kukabidhiwa tuzo hiyo ya ushindi wa pili na Waziri wa Uwekezaji, Viwanda na Biashara Dkt. Ashatu Kijaji (Mb), jana tarehe 14 Mei, 2022, Afisa Mtendaji Mkuu wa BRELA, Bw. Godfrey Nyaisa amesema, ushindi huo umetokana na huduma ambazo maafisa wa BRELA wamekuwa wakizitoa kwa wananchi wa Manispaa ya Morogoro wakati wote wa maonesho. Bw. Nyaisa amesema wakati wote wa maonesho wananchi wamefurika kwa wingi katika banda la BRELA kupata elimu na kurasimisha biashara zao huku wengi wakikamilisha usajili wa majina ya biashara na kutoka na cheti cha usajili papo kwa papo. “Lengo kuu la kushiriki Maonesho haya ni kutoa huduma bora na kwa muda mfupi, ili kufanikisha hilo wafanyakazi wote wamekuja na vitendea kazi, hivyo mwananchi akifika banda la BRELA anapata majibu ya maswali yake yote pamoja, ushauri na huduma ya papo kwa papo,” amefafanua Bw. Nyaisa. Bw. Nyaisa amewasihi wafanyabiashara kutumia mfumo wa usajili kwa njia ya mtandao kurasimisha biashara zao kwani huduma hiyo kwa sasa ni rahisi na inamuwezesha muombaji kupata huduma bila kufika katika ofisi za taasisi hiyo. Aidha Bw. Nyaisa amesema kuwa mfumo uliopo sasa wa urasimishaji biashara ni rahisi na rafiki zaidi kwa waombaji wote walio mjini na vijijini, hivyo ni vyema wafanyabiashara kuacha tabia ya kuwatumia "vishoka" kurasimisha biashara zao. “Kwa sasa mfanyabiashara sio lazima kufika kwenye ofisi za zetu, unaweza kupata huduma ukiwa hata sebuleni kwako na ukapata cheti bila ya usumbufu wowote,”amesisitiza Bw. Nyaisa. Taasisi iliyoshinda nafasi ya kwanza katika maonesho hayo yaliyohitimishwa jana ni Shirika la Posta Tanzania, huku Mfuko wa Taifa wa Hifadhi ya Jamii (NSSF) ikichukua nafasi ya tatu.

AGRICULTURE MINISTRY PLANS TO INVEST IN REPYRETHRUM PRODUCTION

THE Ministry of Agriculture has expressed its zeal to invest heavily to revitalise and boost the production of Pyethrum from the current 2400 tonnes to 5,000 tonnes per year by 2025. Responding to a question from Mbeya Rural MP Oran Njeza, Minister for Agriculture Japhet Hasunga said that through the implementation of the 10- Year Strategic Plan (2011-2021) that targets at strengthening pyrethrum production in southern regions, the government is implementing several measures to ensure that the farmers benefit from the crop. In his basic question, Njeza wanted the government's plan in increasing production as well as boosting the access of the pyrethrum cash crop to the growing demand at the global market. Minister Hasunga said that in a bid to increase production of the crop the government has decided to bring together farmers into forming groups where so far a total of 137 groups of farmers have been formed. "Through formation of these groups farmers have been exposed to knowledge that has led to improvements in the quality of the produced yield which has steadily improved to 1.3 per cent against the international required average standard of 1.24 percent," Hasunga said. According to him, the government has continued to encourage farmers to join the Agriculture Marketing Co-operative Societies (AMCOs) where so far three AMCOs have been registered and other 10 are in the final stages of registration. He asserted that despite all these efforts, the governmnet will also continue to provide education to farmers on the application practices (GAPs) to increase production and improve the quality of market that meets the global market demand. The government will continue to encourage investment especially value addition where there are currently two processing plants in the country, namely Tanextract factory located in Inyala Region and Pyrethrum Company of Tanzania (PCT) factory located in Mafinga, Iringa Region," he said. He however added that the industries are capable of processing between 2800 and 3000 tonnes each per annum. The government will continue to encourage farmers to engage in commercial agriculture through the contract farming system. The government will also continue to conduct domestic and foreign market research using envoys representing Tanzania in ther respective countries to ensure that the country wins access to the global pyrethrum market," he added.

TPB, TIB ZAUNGANISHWA

SERIKALI imezinganisha Benki ya TPB na TIB Corporate Ltd kuanzia jana, ikiwa ni hatua yake ya kuboresha utendaji wa mashirika na taasisi za Umma. Hayo yalielezwa jana jijni Dodoma na Msajili wa Hazina, Athumani Mbuttuka wakati wa kuelezea hatua iliyochukuliwa na serikali ya kuunganisha benki hizo. Alisema serikali imechukua hatua hiyo kwa lengo la kuboresha utendaji wa benki inazozimiliki ili kuwa na benki moja ya biashara ambayo ni imara. "Serikali imeendelea kuchukua hatua mbalimbali zenye lengo la kuboresha utendaji wa mashirika na taasisi za umma ikiwamo kuunganisha taasisi zinazotekeleza majukumu yanayofanana ili kuongza ufanisi na kupunguza gharama za uendeshaji. "Kwa muktadha huu, kuanzia Juni 1 mwaa 2020, Serikali imeamua kuunganisha benki za TPB na TIB Corparate na kwa hatua ya awali benki ya TPB itachukuwa mali na madeni ya Benki ya TIB Corporate." Mbuttuka aliongeza: "Muungano huu unalenga kuleta mageuzi makubwa ya kiutendaji, kimfumo, kimuundo, na kitaswira ili benki hii iweze kuhimili ushindani wa kibiashara kwenye sekta ya fedha." "Wateja wote wa Benki ya TPB na Benki ya TIB Corporate wataendelea kuhudumiwa kwenye matawi yao ya sasa hadi hapo watakapotaarifiwa vinginevyo. "Serikali inawahakikishia wateja wa benki hizi mbili pamoja na umma kuwa huduma za kibenki hazitaathirika kwa vyovyote vile kutokana na mabadiliko haya. Kuhusu wafanyakazi, Mbuttuka alisema hakuna mfanyakazi ambaye atapoteza kazi katika mabadiiko hayo.