30 January 2013

Tanzania: From the House of Representatives

Zanzibar — FOUR Seasons company is planning to construct a luxurious hotel in Zanzibar that is estimated to cost 50 million US dollars. "The facility will be a breakthrough in our efforts to attract high class tourists.

We are ready to work on the proposed project," said Mr Omar Yussuf Mzee, the Minister for Finance, Economy and Development Planning. Mr Omar made the statement after receiving the chairperson of the Hotel's Board of Directors, Ms Kathleen Taylor when she arrived here yesterday on the planned mission.

"Zanzibar will have one of the best five-star hotel in the region, should the project succeed in the near future. "This is also another opportunity for employment," Omar said.

According to the Four- Seasons official, the hotel shall be built at Pongwe coastal village in central Unguja. Four Seasons Hotels is a famous international luxury name, a five-star hotels management company which operates in various countries. Tourism accounts for more than 75 per cent of Zanzibar's foreign income annually.

Isles plans to buy more speedometers:

IN efforts to control road accidents in Zanzibar, the minister for Infrastructure and Communications, Mr Rashid Seif Suleiman has said Zanzibar plans to buy more traffic speedometers.

The minister's statement came after several legislators in the House asked to know if police in Zanzibar were using any device to detect drivers who drive at dangerous speed.

"We have only one speed control detective device being used by police, but we are planning to buy more," said Rashid, causing amusement in the House particularly when Mr Jaku Hashim Ayoub (CCM-Muyuni), wanted to know how the police use the device on both Unguja and Pemba.

According to Police data, Zanzibar has been recording many road accidents annually mainly due to reckless driving, and high speed, as people including legislators call for more actions to minimize accidents.

Improve your produce, ZCCIA tells horticulture farmers:

THE Zanzibar Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (ZCCIA) has advised Vegetable farmers in Zanzibar to improve their products should they need to win customers.

"Farmers in Zanzibar complain of lack of reliable market mainly because the quality of their products is not good compared to products from outside Zanzibar," said Mr Abdallah Abbasi, a member of the ZCCIA at a press conference. He observed that vegetables from abroad can find it difficult to penetrate the Zanzibar market, if local farmers improve their products.

"One of the problems is that farmers harvest prematurely causing bad taste of the products," he said. Abbasi said that complaints from Zanzibar vegetable farmers on lack of market can only end through producing quality products to attract customers.

However, the ZCCIA member said farmers need to be helped through training to produce better farm products and the chamber was planning to have the farmers trained.

The ZCCIA president, Mr Mbarouk Omar Muhammad, also emphasized on the joint efforts with the government to support small business men and women and to improve their activities during this era of competition.

"Having a single body that collects revenue would help business development and also minimize bureaucracy," the president said. Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and Zanzibar Revenue Board (ZRB) are two separate entities working in Zanzibar.

Minister optimistic on Zanzibar's economy growth:

ZANZIBAR'S economy is growing stronger, the Minister for Finance, Economy and Development Planning, Mr Omar Yussuf Mzee, said here on Tuesday. "At present, Zanzibar economy is really good, contrary to some people's views including some legislators.

We have been doing well in revenue collection," said Mzee in the House of Representatives. He was responding to the main question from Mr Jaku Hashim Ayoub (CCMMuyuni), who wanted to know Zanzibar's state of economy at the time when government says it has no funds to implement some programmes.

The legislators also said that uncontrolled price rise had affected poor people and that was a reflection of poor economy. "Zanzibar economy has been growing with good collection of revenue. The biggest challenge is the rapid increase of population," said Mzee.

However, the finance minister admitted that many families face some economical hardships due to low farm produce in the last farming session.

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