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.

Acacia Mining- The Exchange

Tanzania has recently lifted its halt on Acacia Mining exporting its gold which was issued on March 3rd 2017. The leading African gold miner with over 15 years, faced the suspension after Government of Tanzania took a keen eye on its mining operation in North Mara, located in the northern part of Tanzania. Acacia published a press release on August 9th documenting the good news relayed by the Mining Commission of Tanzania. “Acacia notes that today it’s North Mara Gold Mine has received a letter from the Mining Commission of the Tanzanian Ministry of Minerals (the “Mining Commission”) authorizing the…

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Powering 58 million Tanzanian lives has been featured by numerous large-scale electricity generation projects. This includes the controversial, USD 3 billion Rufiji Hydro Project construction at, Stieglers Gorge and the 150 MW solar farm to kick off December 2020. Electricity in Tanzania has never been one energy-source show. Solar energy, biomass, and hydro-power have been contributing to electrifying urban and rural Tanzania for decades. According to Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (TANESCO) data, a state-owned company responsible for generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, 1, 382.95 MW are generated from hydropower (43 percent) and thermal (57 percent) sources. Available data on…

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The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project, is a railway under construction in Tanzania which was seeded in 2016, linking the country’s strategic regions and neighboring countries including, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the anticipated project with the line length of approximately 1,800 kilometers, intends to revolutionize mobility and distribution of commodities in Tanzania, through replacing the ineffective meter-gauge railway system. The Turkish (Yapi Merkez)  contractor, is on the clock to bring to life the awaited transportation machine that, might transform Tanzania’s economy (for starters; production, labor supply, and consumption). Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC), the state-owned…

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On June 1, 2019, Tanzania ushered in a new way, for domestic packaging without plastic bags. Plastic Manufacturing Association of Tanzania (PMAT) stated that the government would lose more than 50 billion TZS, in terms of annual tax, including corporate tax, excise duty, and city service duty, that they paid. Now, the Tanzanian packaging market is game, as cheaper and durable packaging solutions are yet to surface within communities’ reach. Local, entrepreneurs artisans and recyclers stand to generate millions in revenue, through making renewable bags that could replace the beloved-plastic bags, which were previously sold at 100 TZS a piece,…

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Aviation stands to be Tanzania’s greatest source of investment, as the industry is considered to be one of the most preferred routes to enter the country. Via data from the US Government’s International Trade Division, there has been a 62% increase in air passengers from 2.1 million in 2010 to 2.5 million in 2015 (these figures include internal air transportation). According to African Development Bank, Tanzania hosts 368 airports managed by Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA), wherea58 airports are in mainland and more than 300 private airstrips in Tanzania which are under mining companies and tour operator’s As a country with…

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Approximately 10% of Tanzania’s landmass is covered by freshwater. This essentially means that nearly 4,868,424 million hectares of wetlands can generate billions of dollars in revenue earnings for the country if harnessed correctly. When looking at this in the greater context of East Africa, Tanzania is the leading country with the largest freshwater reserves, an economic advantage over its neighbors. The Great Lakes region of East Africa, that encompasses Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania as the main countries, are currently undergoing dynamic changes with respect to various water demands occurring across the region. Still, Tanzania remains to reap significant rewards. The Food and…

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National parks, great lakes, tall mountains, and exotic landscapes are part of the great-deal that Tanzania’s tourism package tends to offer to its visitors. Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism released recently new statistics, showing Tanzania assuming a rise in visitors from 1.3 million in 2017 to 1.5 million in 2019, sparking a 2 million increase in course of two years. While Tanzanian counterparts- Kenya crossed 2 million visitors into her borders, taking the top spot across East Africa, apt to take a view on Kenya’s attractive list, anyone with “2 cents” on tourism would desire to experience, the…

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