Tanzania for signing agreement with Bangladesh for blue economy cooperation
Tanzania's Blue Economy and Fisheries Minister Suleiman Masoud Makame has said his country is interested in establish cooperation with Bangladesh in the blue economy by signing an agreement after Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen suggested that both countries sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the area. Tanzania is particularly interested in aquaculture and deep-sea fisheries, he added. Momen met Suleiman on the sidelines of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) conference in Dhaka Wednesday. Suleiman was accompanied by the principal secretary of his ministry. Momen was accompanied by the secretary (east) and other officials of the foreign ministry. Thanking Suleiman for joining the Council of Ministers (COM) meeting, Momen said Bangladesh has attained remarkable achievements in agriculture, including fisheries, health and other socio-economic areas. Read more: IORA ministers meet Thursday, Momen for making the best use of sea He proposed that Bangladesh and Tanzania work together to achieve food security. Suleiman said Tanzania would offer contract farming opportunities to Bangladesh entrepreneurs. The Tanzanian minister also proposed that Bangladesh can share the ecotourism experience of Tanzania. Momen invited Tanzanian entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh's economic zones. He suggested that there may also be cooperation in the IT sector. The foreign minister sought the support of the Tanzanian government on the Rohingya issue as well as in different elections where Bangladesh would have candidature. Read more: Bangladesh, Tanzania keen to work on blue economy, agriculture
Small plane crashes into Tanzania's Lake Victoria, 19 dead
A small passenger plane crashed Sunday morning into Lake Victoria on approach to an airport in Tanzania, and the country’s prime minister says 19 people on board were killed. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa gave the new death toll, up from three. Earlier, local authorities said 26 of those on the Precision Air flight from the coastal city of Dar es Salaam were rescued and taken to a hospital. It was not clear if any of those who were rescued died at the hospital. Photos showed the plane, which was headed to Bukoba Airport, mostly submerged in the lake. Precision Air is a Tanzanian airline company. Read more: 2 pilots die as Russian warplane falls on building in Siberia “We have managed to save quite a number of people,” Kagera province police commander William Mwampaghale told journalists.
Bangladesh, Tanzania keen to work on blue economy, agriculture
Bangladesh and Tanzania have agreed to work with Bangladesh in agriculture, blue economy and other economic sectors through establishing official contacts. Tanzania has expressed interest to know about the aquaculture, fisheries sectors, shipbuilding industry and horticultural sector of Bangladesh. They also highlighted the importance of exchange of business delegations to develop their trade and economy. Tanzanian Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Mashimba Mashauri Ndaki and Minister of Blue Economy and Fisheries Abdullah Hussein Kombo met Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at the State Guest House Padma on Monday evening and discussed the ways of broader cooperation. Read: France to donate 2mn doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh: FM Both the ministers are visiting Dhaka for participating in the 21st Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers and related meetings.
Rebel attacks deepen humanitarian crisis in north Mozambique
After nearly a week of vicious fighting, Mozambique's rebels controlled about half of the strategic town of Palma on Tuesday, deepening the humanitarian crisis in the country's north and jeopardizing the multi-billion-dollar investment in offshore gas fields. About 200 rebels armed with automatic rifles, machine guns, and mortars now control the part of Palma where government offices and banks are located, according to local media reports. Thousands of residents already have fled to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. More than 900,000 people in Mozambique now require food aid because of the crisis in the northern part of the country, according to the U.N. World Food Program. "It is a fast-evolving conflict situation and large numbers of people are fleeing through the bush, with nothing, nothing by the clothes on their backs," Lola Castro, the regional director for WFP told The Associated Press. "This humanitarian crisis is not going away, it's increasing." Palma's streets are deserted except for sporadic gunfire from the rebels, said Lionel Dyck, director of the Dyck Advisory Group, whose helicopter gunships are helping the Mozambican police battle the insurgents. "It's actually quite dire on the ground. It's chaos because there's still no real control and there won't be control for some time," Dyck, a retired colonel in the Zimbabwean army, told the AP on Tuesday. "We are fighting the people on the ground and we are at the same time looking for stragglers," he said. "As we are flying over areas, we look for people that are hiding in the bush ... We can use our squirrel helicopters and go out and pick up the civilians and move them to a friendly base." The insurgents, who are allied to the Islamic State group, also attacked a site on the Indian Ocean coast near Macomia last week, showing their reach across Cabo Delgado province, according to local media reports. The three-year insurgency of the rebels, who are primarily disaffected young Muslim men, has taken more than 2,600 lives and displaced an estimated 670,000 people, according to the U.N. A video posted by the Islamic State group purports to show fighters in or near Palma, but cannot be independently verified by The Associated Press. About 50 armed fighters in a mix of camouflage uniforms, black shirts, and red headscarves are gathered for what appears to be a roll call. "Permission to kill where we are going," and "Permission to cut and kill where we are going," is shouted by some men, speaking a local dialect of Swahili and Arabic. The rebels are known locally as al-Shabab (the youth in Arabic) but have no known affiliation with the jihadist rebels of the same name in Somalia. The United States last week declared Mozambique's rebels to be a terrorist organization and announced that 12 military trainers had been deployed to help the southern African country's marines. Portugal, Mozambique's former colonial power, announced Tuesday that is stepping up its military cooperation by sending 60 soldiers to help train Mozambican special forces. The European Union is also preparing "to increase security cooperation (with Mozambique), possibly via support with equipment or training," Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said in a statement. The France-based oil and gas company has pulled out of its operations on the outskirts of Palma, a multi-billion-dollar investment to pump liquified natural gas from offshore oilfields in the Indian Ocean. Earlier this year the company had said it requires an area covering a 25-kilometer (15-mile) radius to be secure from rebel violence. Palma is within that area, making it uncertain when the oil giant will resume its investment.
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96 killed, 90 wounded by Tanzanian wild animals in one year
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UN urges Tanzania: Stop barring cases at human rights court
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