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To promote its blue economy, Zanzibar recently started leasing out small islets surrounding the main archipelago and has already pocketed US$15 million in advance leasing fees for some ten islets. Photo/andBeyond

While ties with Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania are growing with the recent signing of agreements to end double taxation, among other deals, authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently announced a Dubai visa ban on 20 African countries.

They include Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria, Liberia, Burundi, Republic of Guinea, Gambia, Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Benin, Ivory Coast, Congo, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Comoros and the Dominican Republic.

“Any applications from the above-mentioned countries will be sent back or cancelled,” the UAE authorities warned trade partner authorities along with travel agents, urging them to reject all related applications.

The reason given for the ban is increased visa term violations by persons from the said countries. The UAE authorities explained that persons from these countries are using 30-day visas to Dubai to stay and work in the country illegally.

Tanzania’s President Samia spearheaded the signing of some 36 MoUs. Of these, 12 were signed by government public institutions, 23 by private sector parties and one by the Revolutionary government of Zanzibar.

The President reassured investors of Tanzania’s favourable business environment. She placed emphasis on the country’s peace and political stability which she said makes Tanzania a unique investment destination where investors will enjoy open doors to invest across all sectors.

She placed a special note on the country’s potential in tourism and hospitality as well as agriculture and energy.

“Tanzania is strategically located and the port of Dar es Salaam is the gate to Africa’s interior,” she added.