Friday, June 08, 2007

NN (Part II)

In Part I I was unable to get enough local newspaper content. But when I got back to my room at the end of Day 3 (Wednesday, around 7 pm), I found a “dear me” letter from the hotel reception and attached to it were three English newspapers – just as I had requested, and even though it was the end of the day, that was great! But unfortunately they were from the day before (Tuesday). Still you work and I was later able to get several Swahili newspapers on Thursday.

So here goes: highlighting local financial & development issues and challenges specifically addressed to during the TED week

- There is a shortage of a new anti-malaria medicine - ALu (syrup), made by Norvatis to be given to infants. And the government will come up with a national HIV testing program. combating malaria and HIV were cited as major steps needed to be achieved to enable Africa to develop
- Celtel has lowered its Internet access charges from Tshs. 1766 to 475 (about $0.4) per MB downloaded. The company has also extended its East Africa network to Congo, Gabon and the giant DRC
- The Tanzania Chamber of commerce, industry and agriculture won an afriglobal African achiever award in South Africa.
- Tanzania exported 51,000 tons of coffee last year, earning the country earning about $100 million
- Education will get the highest allotment (17.1%) of the country’s 5.1 trillion ($4.2 billion) budget to be announced this month.
- In preparing for the budget, the government has commissioned a report to crack down on vehicle misuse – it is estimated that the government owns over 800 land cruiser VX's that costs over 33 billion a year ($26 million) to run
- Ben Enterprises launches – kazitanzania.com - a database of quality jobs.
UNICEF donates 1,500 lap desks to Salei primary school in Arusha
- The government denies knowledge of Integrated Property Investments - a British firm that is reported to have acquired 120 acres of Indian Ocean shoreline in the Dar es Salaam area to set up a $20m mangrove plant.
- The University of Dar es Salaam has an evening MBA program
- The Tanzania government plans to start auditing all foreign mining companies to verify their processing and export figures
- Last year, the Tanzania post office system processed 17.7 million letters which was 8% less than the year before. Also reducing (by 5%) were the number of parcels leaving country and the number of registered letters (down 19%). All these were attributed to advances in technology (email, SMS, fax).
- Tanzania wants most of the 500,000 refugees from Burundi to return to their country by year end
- Zara solar limited (of Northern Tanzania) has been nominated an Ashden Award (winners to be announced on June 21 in London) that recognizes outstanding sustainable energy projects. Zara sold over 3,600 solar PV systems, benefiting 18,000 people. It is estimated that 10% of the country and only 2% of rural population have access to the electricity grid.
- Fastracking of teachers to fill acute shortages at newly built secondary schools may be lowering the quality of education.
- USAID has commissioned a 2 year environmental education program that will be administered by the Jane Goodall Institute.
- The World Bank will offer vulture aid to help developing countries stuck with high & expensive commercial debt following an infamous fleecing case of the Zambia government by a European investment- vulture fund.

4 comments:

Riyaz said...

interesting to hear about your newspaper stress :) I've not been to Arusha but hearing this was strange from my experience in Dar.

In Dar there's tons of newspapers available - a lot more than Kenya. They range from a few all-round ones (eg Guardian and Daily News
along with their swahili versions) to some very specialized ones eg sports pages only and various tabloids.
They even have some newspapers which have an afternoon edition.

But almost all print media is done by 1-2 companies :) they just have many "products"

Anonymous said...

I'm interested in this so called vulture aid for commercial debt by the world bank - what's on the table - are there any documents, papers or links you can direct me to?

Enjoy the rest of your convention.

alexcia said...

Excellent roundup

Interesting how you quote celtel's charges in dollar, no kes alternative?

bankelele said...

Riyaz: I know the problem was just the hotel(s) - maybe they don't think their high end guests ahave any interest in local newspapers. Even the gift shops don't stock them.

Anonymous: A Tz paper quoted a wire story

alexcia: Sorry the echange rate was about 1 Kshs = 18 Tz. Celtel's big promo is 1/= (Tz) per second and their Mambo tariff and SMS charges convert to 3 - 4 kshs each!

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