16 January 2014

Tanzania Exporters Hurt From South Sudan Chaos

A FEW Tanzanian exporters who had ventured into the lucrative South Sudan market have been heavily affected by the on-going conflict in the world's newest war ravaged nation.

The conflict has interrupted the flow of trade and some exporters have suspended planned business trips to the country.

The Tanzania Exporters Association (TANEXA) Executive Director Mr Mtemi Laurence told the 'Daily News' in Dar es Salaam that South Sudan offered a strategic market for various goods, in particular food products.

"South Sudan has grown to become the most reliable market for agro products like rice, maize and beans for which Tanzania has proved to have comparative advantage in the region," he said.

Similarly, a group of women entrepreneurs suspended a trip to South Sudan to participate at business exhibitions that was scheduled to be held in December last year.

He said of late South Sudan had emerged as a lucrative market for agricultural products ahead of other countries in the East African Region.

It has been reported that traders from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda had already flocked South Sudan searching for investment opportunities.

The most notable exports to South Sudan and the rest in the region include mosquito nets, domestic utensils and transformers. Others are mattresses, rice, cement, plastic products, paper products and machinery.

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