Author: Padili Mikomangwa

Padili Mikomangwa is an environmentalist based in Tanzania. . He is passionate about helping communities be aware of critical issues cutting across, environmental economics and natural resources management. He holds a bachelors degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Ethiopian Airlines
  • Airlines across Africa are expected to fly into a combined $500 million loss this year. The loss is, however, an improvement from the combined $800 million loss suffered in 2022.
  • African airlines have to navigate several economic, infrastructure, and connectivity challenges.
  • Data shows Egypt, Morocco, and Ethiopia carriers have seen an increase in traveler numbers in March 2023.

African airlines are expected to fly into a combined $500 million loss this year. The projected loss is, however, a significant improvement from the $800 million combined loss sustained last year.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Africa remains a difficult market for airlines.

African Airlines smarting from pandemic

Companies have to navigate several economic, infrastructure, and connectivity challenges. These hurdles continue to significantly impact the industry, which is still smarting from the Covid-19 economic fallout.

Last year was a rough period for African airlines in the skies.…

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Cabo Delgado LNG in Mozambique
  • Several gas finds in East Africa dating decades have suffered long delays from the time they were “found”.
  • Lengthy negotiations and insecurity have marred the projects, delaying a final investment decision on their development.
  • Mozambique is already fighting Islamic insurgents in its gas-rich northern province, Cabo Delgado.

Economies across East Africa are losing billions of dollars in revenue every year because of key gas project delays in approving and developing liquefied natural gas investments, an analysis by The Exchange Africa reveals.

Several gas discoveries in East Africa dating decades, which were expected to power the region's natural gas industry have suffered long delays from the time they were “found”. Lengthy negotiations, and insecurity have marred the projects, delaying a final investment decision (FID) on their development.

Mozambique's gas finds

Take Mozambique, a regional economy of $41 billion GDP, for example. Mozambique reported huge gas finds in the 2010s. Industry…

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NIC Insurance Tanzania
  • The bulk of Tanzania’s population is not under any form of cover with industry statistics putting penetration at 1.68 percent.
  • Gross premiums hit $486 million last year from $388 million in 2021, the Association of Tanzania Insurers (ATI) says.
  • As of May 2023, a total of 34 insurers including three reinsurance companies had presence in Tanzania.

Insurance saves lives. This was how Sicola Enock, a mother summarised Tanzanian’s Community Health Fund (CHF), a social welfare cover that was introduced in 2001 to help families in rural areas.

“When my husband got sick, we incurred many consultation fees before treatment. But, when we acquired the CHF, things changed. Now the health insurance serves more than ten family members,” Sicola added.

Sicola is part of about 15 percent of Tanzania’s population now covered CHF health insurance.

However, the bulk of Tanzania’s population is not under any form of cover. Latest figures show …

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LNG in Tanzania
  • Energy multinationals Shell, Equinor, and ExxonMobil have finalised vital talks on Tanzania’s $40 billion Liquified Natural Gas investment.

  • The move paves the way for final agreement on how to execute the long-delayed energy project that will significantly boost Tanzania’s revenues and create jobs.

  • President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s government expects the construction of the project to start in June 2025.

Tanzania is preparing the final deal to guide harnessing her $40 billion offshore gas reserves following the conclusion of talks with energy giants Shell, Equinor, and ExxonMobil. A final agreement on the $40 billion gas investment is in the works with signing expected in the coming weeks.

“The work is done… companies (IOCs) have gone to sit with their boards, and we are now awaiting the next steps. The government expects construction to start in June 2025” Managing Director of the Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (PURA), Charles Sangweni, said the project’s …

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Diamond in Tanzania Gold mining in Tanzania
  • Tanzania is planning to attract over 2000 local and international investors to explore the vast opportunities in her mining industry.
  • The October 25 to 26th forum will help unleash strategies to execute better projects, finances, and investments.
  • By 2025, the government of Tanzania projects that the mining sector will account for 10 percent of her GDP. 

Over 2000 local and international investors are set to meet in an international conference in Dar es Salaam to explore innovative ways to unlock the full potential of Tanzania’s mining industry. The international conference, which will be held on October 25 and 26, will be hosted by the government in Dar Es Salaam in collaboration with the private sector via DMG Events

“Tanzania miners can’t work in isolation. We need to work with the world; hence you are welcome,” Dr Doto Mashaka Biteko, Minister for Minerals said at the Tanzania Mining and Investment Forum …

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Rostam Aziz Taifa Gas Taifa Group GCL
  • Zanzibar has been grappling with extremely high energy costs, oftentimes costing 50 percent higher than mainland Tanzania.
  • Zanzibar relies on a 125MW submarine grid line from mainland Tanzania for its growing electricity needs.
  • Rostam Aziz solar investment in Zanzibar is part of his wide focus on big energy investment projects around East Africa. In February, Rostam launched a $130 million cooking gas project in Dongo Kundu, Mombasa, Kenya.

With a planned $140 million investment in a solar power project that could see Zanzibar Island achieve electricity independence, Tanzania tycoon Rostam Aziz is coming out as a man with an eye for energy deals. Rostam’s Taifa Energy is liaising with Mauritius-based Generation Capital Ltd and state-owned Zanzibar Electricity Corporation (ZECO), to set up the 180MW green energy field in Zanzibar.

Over the years, the island of Zanzibar has been grappling with extremely high energy costs, oftentimes costing 50 percent higher than …

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  • Tanzania-based CRDB bank has recognized the potential for growth opportunities in regional economies.
  • CRDB Bank has established a presence in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC, following in the footsteps of Kenya’s Equity and KCB.
  • CRDB Bank’s regional expansion aims to facilitate cross-border trade and enhance financial inclusion.

CRDB Bank is evolving into a partner for growth for East Africa’s entrepreneurs by seeking to replicate its success story in Tanzania across the regional markets. The bank has recognized the potential for growth and opportunities in neighboring countries and is strategically expanding its operations in East Africa.

In Tanzania, entrepreneurs are tapping into the lender’s range of products to scale into new growth horizons. Take Diana Tarimo for instance. When Diana received about $21,000 in business loans from CRDB, this became the catalyst she needed to expand her water distribution investments in suburban Dar es Salaam.

Diana is one of over 10,000 …

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Kilimanjaro Mountain ; Serengeti National Park ; Mikumi National Park ; Trip Advisor ; The Royal Tour
  • Hard work pays – at least for strategic tourism markets such as Tanzania, which stands to become one of the world’s top destinations. Tanzania’s tourism industry emerged strong from a slump triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Over the past years, a number of top-rated tour firms and sites such as Trip Advisor, Safari Bookings, Visa First, and Craft Travel – have painted Tanzania as one of the most favorable tourist destinations in Africa.

Tanzania is now placed in the same league as South Africa, Africa’s most desired destination by tourists belonging to the Luxe Traveller Club. With iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater are some of the leading tourist attractions across the world among its offerings, you don’t have to look far to understand why.

“I was fortunate to stay at the Ngorongoro crater lodge, a stunning five-star hotel, probably one of the best in Tanzania …

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IMF Loan to Tanzania ; Tanzania economy ; Tanzania GDP
  • Tanzania’s economic reform program is progressing well in a challenging global economic environment and the authorities remain committed to IMF’s loan plan.
  • Ongoing reforms in the country touch on strengthening the economic recovery, preserving macroeconomic stability, and supporting structural reforms toward sustainable and inclusive growth.
  • Tanzania’s three-year Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for total access of about $1,046.4 million at the time of program approval received the greenlight on July 18, 2022

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given Tanzania’s economy a shot in the arm by furnishing the country with $153 million loan, bringing to around $304.7 million, the amount received so far under the lender’s extended credit arrangement struck in July last year.

The loan will be channeled towards economic recovery, preserving macro-financial stability, and promoting sustainable and inclusive growth.

IMF argued that reforms centre on strengthening fiscal space to allow for much-needed social spending and high-yield public investment, …

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Burn Manufacturing, Taifa Gas, Oryx Tanzania, January Makamba
  • Massive deforestation in Tanzania has left policymakers scrambling for options and they have now set an ambitious target for Tanzania to switch to clean energy kitchens by 2025.
  • A huge challenge, however, remains how to dismantle Tanzania's $1 million charcoal industry that provides livelihoods to millions of poor citizens from illegal forest loggers in the countryside to small-scale urban traders.
  • Tanzania's Ministry of Energy data shows at least 33,000 people die every year due to complications associated with the continued use of charcoal, firewood, and other crop residues for cooking.

I find Joseph Lucas, a charcoal delivery man in Dar es Salaam hurriedly carting neatly packed sacks of the black carbon residue to his customers in Tanzania's commercial capital.

Lucas is part of the supply chain of charcoal in a country where roughly 90 percent of households depend on the wood fuel product as their primary source of energy. The…

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