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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.

The 1,443km EACOP pipeline has been constructed at a value of US$3.5 billion which has seen Tanzania effectively increase its FDI by over 60 per cent during the construction phase alone.
This week, Tanzania President Samia Suluhu is in the United States and is meeting with among others, US VP Kamala Harris. During the official business trip, Suluhu is expected to get contracts for the construction of ports, railroads, power plants and coal and iron ore mines in the country’s northeast region.

Overall, Tanzania is looking to attracting investments of US$40 billion in the energy sector at a time the world is caught up in the melee between Russia and Ukraine which has upset the global energy sector.

For Tanzania to benefit from Europe’s rush to diversify its energy sources, Suluhu needs to speed up LNG projects by opening up the sector to new investors and revising legislation to achieve long-term economic growth.

As would be expected, Total rebutted the claims. Its first move was to make public the related project social and environmental studies and issue a statement in which it pledged transparency.

The company admits that; “The projects for the development of the oil and gas resources of the Lake Albert region and the cross-border pipeline are situated in a sensitive social and environmental context that requires special measures for the environment and the rights of the local communities.”

In a follow-up statement, the investors maintained that; “All the partners are committed to implementing these projects in an exemplary manner and taking into highest consideration the biodiversity and environmental stakes as well as the local communities’ rights and within the stringent environmental and social performance standards of the International Finance Corporation.”

In 2018, the global textile industry’s worth stood at approximately $920 billion. The global Textile Market Analysis of 2021 to 2028 anticipates that the market could reach $1,412.5 billion by 2028.

The market drivers include the rise in consumer awareness, e-commerce platforms to support sales, and the fast-changing fashion trends in the industry.

The CEO of Basra Textiles, Ahmed Othmad, said on January 11 that the factory at Chunguni area in Zanzibar was targeting to export to markets across East and Central Africa.