Appointment of new energy minister may speed up Equinor and Shell gas projects
Tanzania's new energy minister, Doto Biteko, will work directly with officials at the president's office. This change is likely to accelerate decision-making on gas projects in the country, which are being driven by two companies.
Private sector pushes Samia to revise onerous carbon credit rules
Ahead of its neighbours, Tanzania has introduced a regulatory framework for trading carbon credits in the hope of stimulating environmental projects in the country. However, those behind these projects are up in arms over certain provisions, deeming them counter-productive.
East Africa's hotly contested coffee sector
An important source of foreign currency, coffee exports are the subject of a power struggle between multinational trading companies and the region's coffee-producing countries, chief among which are Ethiopia and Kenya. While governments try to impose reforms designed to favour local producers and intermediaries, international traders, notably German and Swiss, seek to maintain their dominant position.
Indian firm selected for first phase of digital ID project
The government has launched a vast programme to set up a digital identity system for citizens. Its printing and data storage contracts offer rich pickings.
EU to fund EAC's ballistic expertise
On 19 June, the European Union invited service providers to bid for a contract to support the East African Community (EAC) in its ballistics investigations.
EAC struggles to standardise plastic laws
While Kenya and Rwanda have already banned single-use plastic bags, members of the East African Community have not yet reached an agreement on legislation that would apply across the entire region.
Tanzanian bar association delivers scathing report on text of Dar port agreement
The intergovernmental deal for the development of port infrastructures signed between Tanzania and Dubai has been causing a stir since it was revealed this month. In the event of any legal dispute, unusual clauses could limit Tanzania's room for manoeuvre.
From Addis to Windhoek, Chinese construction firms hunt in packs
Despite widespread project delays and contract breaches in Africa, Chinese construction companies remain bullish and are drawing up new strategies.
Berlin to appoint special envoy for Horn
Several foreign powers have sent special envoys to the Horn of Africa. Germany is about to join them.
World Bank shells out $900m for farming
The money has been attributed to Kenya, Somalia, the Comoro Islands, Malawi, Tanzania and the AU.
Race is on to build and run Kakono dam
The Tanzanian national energy company TANESCO has launched a call for tenders for the construction, administration and surveillance of the future 87.8KW Kakono power plant, billed at over $300m.
Zambia, Tanzania and DRC prepare for tough negotiations on TAZARA train line
Plans to renovate the international train line built by China in the 1970s have returned to the fore since Samia Suluhu Hassan came to power in Tanzania. Beijing is keen to get the new contract, but governments in the region are wary about the terms it is seeking.
World Bank's plan to boost connectivity in the Horn
This month, the World Bank approved a $172m grant aimed at improving internet access in South Sudan and Somalia.
Western Sahara question looms large over Morocco-Tanzania relations
Having long backed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Tanzania has in recent months been courted on multiple fronts by Morocco. Algeria, meanwhile, is not sitting on its hands.
Kenya fears losing key regional tea-trading role
Red tape and higher taxes have prompted several tea traders to threaten to relocate from Mombasa to Dar es Salaam. While the Kenyan authorities are working hard to avoid this scenario, the Tanzanians have been quick to flaunt their strengths by approaching the most influential traders in the region.
World Bank releases $300m to support Samia's agriculture project
Earlier this month the World Bank's board of directors approved a five-year, $300m financing package to boost Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan's agricultural transformation programme
Opposition parties pressure Samia to scrap Magufuli's repressive legacy
Tanzania's main opposition parties, stymied by six years of John Magufuli's authoritarian rule, are calling on his successor to speed up the reopening of the country. ACT Wazalendo and Chadema are competing to become the leading opposition force, but they also see themselves as potential allies.
Under fire over Tilenga and EACOP, TotalEnergies gives staff FAQ responses to awkward questions
TotalEnergies has sent its employees recommended answers to awkward questions they may face during dinners with friends and family, particularly with regard to projects in Tanzania and Uganda.
Lobbying grows for Samia Suluhu to be awarded Nobel Peace Prize
The Paris-based pan-African NGO Waraba is campaigning for Tanzanian president [...]
Tshisekedi wants slice of planned Ugandan crude oil pipeline pie, TotalEnergies sceptical
The president of DRC is pushing for his country to have a stake in the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) through which Uganda's plans to export via Tanzania, despite the fact no crude oil has been discovered on the Congolese side of Lake Albert.
Gold rush on Juma Island
Juma Island, located in the south of Lake Victoria off the coast of Mwanza, Tanzania's second largest city, is attracting increasing interest from gold mining companies. B&G Company Limited has started initial prospecting there.