Monday, September 18, 2017

Oil and gas local content to be out by November 2017

It is almost a decade now as Tanzanians have been waiting with much enthusiasm to see that Oil and Gas local content regulations is issued to the general public, but it is amazing to see that nothing comes out. At last the long awaited document will come into effect in November this year, the government has reliably said. The National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) acting Director of Local Content Esther Mmbaga said in Dar es Salaam on Monday this week that both the policy and law are in place and the government is only finalising the regulations. Speaking to the ‘Daily News’ on the sidelines of the first oil and gas annual congress, Ms Mmbaga said a lot of work will be needed to build local capacity skills for effective participation in the new oil and gas sector. The government will work closely with investors to ensure successful implementation of local content in the country,” she said. Ms Mmbaga explained that investors will need to provide information on what they need in terms of skills, products and services and, NEEC in collaboration with training institutions, will provide Tanzanians with the required training to attain the needed international standards. Currently, the government is conducting a baseline study to identify the competence of Tanzanians to participate to the oil and gas sector before coming up with short and long-term plans to bridge the gap of capacity and skills.

The on-going exploration in Tanzania Indian Ocean sea

“The law requires that Tanzanians be given priority in employment opportunities in the sector, in terms of providing services and direct jobs. But, this will only be achieved if we have skilled and capable Tanzanians,” she explained. The director noted that in case of skill deficiency in the country, the contracted foreign companies would be required to get into joint venture with Tanzanian companies, “the idea is to transfer technology and skills to local Tanzanians.” During discussions, the Country Chairman of Pan African Energy Tanzania Ltd, Mr Patrick Rutabanzibwa said the local content regulations are in the interest of Tanzania and investors, offering a viable way to maximize profits from the industry. “Consultation with all stakeholders on the issue of local content is key to successful implementation and maximizing profit,” he explained.  Ponticelli Group Business Development Director Vicent Ladougne said local content is beneficial for both the country and investors in terms of increasing local employment and maximizing profits. Mr Ladougne whose group is in construction across Africa said employment of citizens from the countries in which construction works are executed is inevitable. “The local content has always been our priority in all the countries we work in. Our aim is to minimise costs of bringing in experts, we maximise local employees through training,” he explained. He added: “Our biggest achievement is training thousands of locals in areas that we need, this way we cut down on costs of bringing in foreign experts.” Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) Gas distribution manager, Mr Thobias Rwelamila assured investors that whatever is done, the government will collaborate with all stakeholders.

It is a fatal accident, as Tanzanians mourns for their fellows

The wrackage of a car in which 16 Tanzanians perished in Uganda on Sunday.

About 16 Tanzanians have perished in a grisly road accident which occurred in Uganda on Sunday last week. Ugandan Police confirmed the incident saying the victims were from attending a wedding party of their daughters Dr Annette Ibingira and her husband Dr Treasurer Ibingira at Kampala Parents' School. According to the Daily Monitor, the accident occurred when one of the tyres of the Fuso truck registration number UAH 970P burst and it rammed into the Tanzania bound Coaster, registration number T540 DLC that had carried the victims. Some of then victim names identified by Ugandan police, New Vision writes, are Dativa M. Shayo, Fred Haule, Esther Gorreth Teo, Einoth Laizer, Bonny Edmund Mgambo, Rehema G. Teo, Esther A. Muisigira, Edward Kimayo and Boniface Venance Kimayo who was found with a pistol in his waist.

Medical researchers invents new malaria drugs

Malaria drugs keep on changing year after year as Medical research are working throughout in search of better treatment. Breakthrough  in the fight against the deadly malaria is on the horizon, with Arusha-based researchers coming up with new drugs. The African Technical Research Centre (ATRC) is behind the discovery of the new drugs --SumiShield and SumiLove --touted as the lasting solution to the malady. Working with A to Z Mills at Kisongo Matheves here, ATRC parades SumiShield as an indoor residual spray (IRS). The A to Z Chief Executive Officer, Kalpesh Shah, said here during the weekend that SumiShield drug, with a new mode of action chemistry based on the neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin, is designed to help in combating insecticide resistance. He noted that benefiting from a non-repellent formulation and low mammalian toxicity, SumiShield 50WG is simple to use and has light-weight packaging for easy transportation. Resistance is one of the major issues facing the global fight against malaria, affecting 75 per cent of countries. Rotating insecticides is one of the key strategies to avoid resistance but nearly 90 per cent of affected countries fail largely due to lack of choices. The drug has non-repellent formula, meaning that resting mosquitoes could be exposed to the drug for longer than other insecticides, increasing mortality and reducing the chances of developing resistance. Field trials have also shown that SumiShield 50WG has residual efficacy of at least six months after spraying. SumiShield is said to have a low mammalian toxicity through skin contact and is practically non-toxic to bird and aquatic life. Mr Shah said the facility has played major part in war against malaria by facilitating survival of mother and baby through use of the company's manufactured resistant drugs. 

He said that through the centre, A to Z will continue supporting Tanzania and Africa in researches on various pesticides for the fight against the deadly disease. In addition to the achievements, Mr Kalpesh said that A to Z in collaboration with their Japanese partners – Sumitomo, have established another field research centre at Mabogini area, in Kilimanjaro region. He said that the station will work under ATRC Mothers Centre in Arusha, noting that he preferred having the centre at Mabogini where there are rice fields that retain water for almost the entire year, offering one of the main mosquitoes breeding areas. "Today we launch this facility almost a year since the death of former CEO and founder of A to Z, Mr Anuj Shah (RIP), the centre will work hard to find the lasting solution and ensure we have the best drugs to eradicate malaria in the country and in Africa, " said Mr Kalpesh. Launching the drugs, Japanese Ambassador to Tanzania Masaharu Yoshida said he was happy at the discovery of the new drugs, as malaria has been too perilous to Tanzanians and Africans. He said the centre, which is jointly owned by a joint venture with Japan's Sumitomo and A-Z, has been working well to help researches on pesticides that help to combat diseases and pesticides in crops. "I have been hearing the good work you do and today I have come to see myself; in five years you have worked for a lot of antibiotic treatments, including drug nets and storage bags," he said. The ambassador promised that the Japanese government would sustain support to Tanzania in various sectors, including medical researchers, to address deadly diseases. Sumitomo's Chief Executive Officer, Atsuko Hirooka also attended the event. Mosquitoes prefer stagnant water within which they lay eggs. They most commonly infest ponds, marshes, swamps and other wetland habitats. However, they are capable of thriving in a variety of locations and can successfully grow in numbers even when not in their natural habitat. Many mosquito species use water containers as egg-deposit sites.

Tanzania government up in arms against fraudulent investors

Cheating and laziness are among the most notorious attitudes that cause the development plans not to grow as required. In view of this, the fifth phase government under Dr. John Magufuli  has seen the need to snatch away the important investment potentials whose owners have totally failed to develop. To facilitate the government’s move, on Monday this week, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa ordered all government leaders without cashew nut farms to refrain from cash crop business."If you don't have a cashew nut farm, you have nothing to do with the crop's business. You are only duty-bound to follow up, reprimand and take appropriate actions, if necessary, to facilitate trading of the cash crop," the Premier argued while officiating at the cashew nut stakeholders’ meeting in Tanga. "As the government encourages new farmers in the cashew farming, you should use the opportunity and farm, if you indeed wish to engage in the business," he directed. Mr Majaliwa tasked the Cashew nut Board of Tanzania (CBT) to properly advise the government on the best possible ways to develop the crop, noting that the government believes if all stakeholders played their respective roles effectively, the crop will immensely benefit the country. "It is important that all parties evaluated themselves to see if they were fulfilling their responsibilities as required," he said, directing the cooperative leaders to ethically execute their duties. 

Tanzania's Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa

The Premier said the government will never entertain low and delayed payments to farmers, adding that in this season, the government does not expect to see a repeat of challenges, including cashew nut shriveling, that hindered efficiency in the previous season. The cashew nut withers six months from the time of harvest to selling. "But, it takes less than six months to complete the buying of all cashew nuts, so in essence, the farmer is not responsible for cashew nut shrinking," the Premier stressed. Mr Majaliwa threatened stern disciplinary measures against anybody found responsible for the spoilage of farmers' produce. "I hereby direct all leaders at all levels to seriously work on this." He also banned Warehouse Receipts Regulatory Board from charging crop storage fees because it's not their job. "You are only responsible with the issuance of licenses," he said. However, the Premier directed the warehouse owners to allow government leaders to inspect the premises before and during the cashew nut sales. He said the government leaders should be allowed to inspect the warehouses even during the cashew nut auctions to ensure all the procedures are effectively used to preserve the crop. Earlier, the Industry, Trade and Investment Minister, Mr Charles Mwijage, said Tanzania produces cashew nuts of the highest quality, globally, encouraging farmers and other stakeholders to sustain the superiority. He said the government would continue encouraging investors from both within and outside the country to invest in cashew nut processing industries for value addition. At the meeting were the Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Charles Tizeba, Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu and Minister of State, Vice-President's Office, Union and Environment, January Makamba, among others.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Burundians decides to go back home

The first batch of some seven hundred refugees from Burundi who have volunteered to return home are expected to depart this week. According to an assistant director in the department of refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Deusdedit Masusu, two batches of 350 refugees each -- out of 13,000 who have since registered to return home -- will depart in two different days. “During this month we’ve scheduled seven repatriation trips each with an average of 350 refugees adding that more refugees were expected to join the forthcoming trips.

Mass movements of refugees returning to their homeland in Burundi
Mr Masusu said over the weekend that some 13,000 refugees have registered to return home and the ministry expects that more would volunteer following a smooth start of repatriations. “By the end of September, we are certain that those who are now hesitating to register will do so because they will find it necessary to go back home after receiving positive feedback from returnees,” he noted. He added that all what parties were now out to ensure, the repatriations were conducted in line with procedures set out in the tripartite agreements to ensure safety and dignity to the returning refugees.