National debt increases by $3.9 billion in one year, July central bank report reveals

Dar es Salaam. The national debt increased by $3.9 billion in one year as the government is implementing infrastructure projects and improve provision of social services. According to the Bank of Tanzania’s (BoT) monthly economic review, the debt stood at $33. 7 bill at the end of July this year,…

Time Tanzania used coconuts to boost edible oil production

Dar es Salaam. Some call the coconut ‘the tree of life,’ while others have named it ‘the pension tree’ to describe its long-term benefits that can last for over 100 years. Tanzania is a major producer of coconuts in Africa with an annual production of nearly 800 million coconuts, especially…

EDITORIAL: WHY WATER MONITORING is CRUCIAL TO HEALTHY LIVING

Today, September 18th, is World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) which was so-established in 2003 by America’s Clean Water Foundation (ACWF) as a global educational outreach programme. Not to be confused with ‘World Water Day’ – an annual UN Observance Day held on March 22 to highlight the importance of fresh…

Industrialisation frameworks from global to local levels

Industrialisation has been among the major policy goals in Tanzania since independence 60 years ago. In more recent times, it got major policy push in the fifth phase government under President John Magufuli. This policy push goes continues under President Samia Suluhu Hassan. It is very important for Tanzania’s industrialisation…

An expensive time-minding lesson I was compelled to learn in Europe

The other day, I was reading an article in one of these international media outlets about a 73-year old parish priest of Accra’s King Catholic Church. This priest, Father Andrew Campbell, born in Ireland, arrived in Ghana in 1971 to work as a missionary - and acquired Ghanaian citizenship. However,…

To mask or not to mask? The power of presidential words

We think of political leaders as powerful, and talk about a particular politician or political party being “in power”. But it has long been recognised that, in practice, the influence of political leaders over individual members of their government and civil servants is limited. A President can issue a directive,…