An open letter to President Magufuli concerning oil and gas by Peter S. Hermes

TMGOF Centre of Extracts of Information for Extractive Industry and TMGOL Sponsor of Tomorrow in tapping Local Content Opportunities

18 January 2016

Dear Mr. President John Pombe Magufuli


Dear Mr. President Magufuli, 

Tanzania Mines, Gas and Oil Co. Ltd are 100% Tanzanian company with its own forum called Tanzania Mines, Gas/Energy and Oil Forum. 

Our mission is to promote our natural resources by organizing oil, gas and mines conference & Exhibition with the aim of being the sponsor of tomorrow economy in our country for the intention of tapping local content opportunities.

Mr. President you have demonstrated revered leadership in standing up for all Tanzanian. In moderation, I believe smart people, strategic plan can help us measure our progress in oil and gas sector today and in near future.

Mr. President in this Open letter I would like to share with you the story about the leader of a Middle Eastern nation was given a global competitiveness report showing that his country, despite being a major oil exporter, ranked very low in terms of global competitiveness.Investors were simply not prepared to invest in his country, except for a few dodgy characters. Foreign currency reserves were low, and young people were unemployed and roaming the streets.

First, he called in some senior politicians and asked what they thought of the report. Some said it was a hoax designed to embarrass the country. Others said it was the work of their enemies who wanted to steal their oil. Yet others said it was simply not true.

Then the leader quietly called one of the country’s leading business leaders. “Your Highness, do you really want to know the truth?” the man asked.  After listening to the business leader, the ruler of the country asked him to make recommendations to correct the situation. Using this “data,” they made bold changes to the laws of their country. Some laws in place for generations were simply repealed. The ruler retrained or removed civil servants and other regulators who were hostile to business and investment.
Mr. President you will be taking crucial decisions on the future of Tanzania in Oil and Gas for the benefit of Tanzanian and by considering climate change. Making the right choices now is critical to developing a policy that protects the climate and give chance Tanzanian to invest in oil and gas.
We would like to share with you some points that, we believe, will help in reaching such important decisions:
  1. There is the need for the TANZANIAN OIL & GAS SERVICE COUNCIL to represent the interests of Oil and Gas Service Providers in Tanzania with key mission to promote the capabilities of the Tanzanian Service Providers and showcase Tanzania as the regional hub for the Oil & Gas Industry. To achieve that, any policy should strive for technology neutrality and should phase out subsidies.
  • There is need to have country website and center unit for Oil and Gas which will help local investors to get all information in one place which will be under TANZANIAN OIL & GAS SERVICE COUNCIL. We believe this Council will run its activities independent without depend much in government fund.
  1. Choose one target and keep as the policy’s cornerstone. This Council may be one of the last chances to reconsider targets. This would be a significant step towards ensuring that gas plays a meaningful role in electricity production.
  • Gas emits roughly half the CO2 of coal: by taking one simple step policy – when calculating the emissions for the proposed natural gas power plants, please make the total as accurate as possible by including all emission sources — including those from natural gas extraction, production, processing, compression and delivery.
  1. Recognize the critical role that natural gas has to play in keeping the lights on: the more intermittent renewable energy comes on-stream, the greater the requirement for other energy sources which are capable of balancing them and guarding against a deterioration of supply security. Gas power plants are the best option available: they are reliable and flexible and in securing energy supply to keep citizens warm. With a fully integrated internal energy market, gas would be able to move freely throughout the Tanzania, improve Tanzania’s security of supply and contribute to greater energy efficiency.
  1. Recognize the contribution local company and investors. There is the need for local investors to invest in this new sector whether by themselves or government support considering the factors of the country being powerfully economically.
  1. Support and facilitate more oil and gas exploration in Tanzania.
  • Tanzania still holds significant potential country in East Africa for this new sector of Oil and Gas: Current conditions have seen TPDC exploration activities with the good initiative to develop our country in this new sector.
  • To develop that untapped potential, we need predictable national fiscal and regulatory frameworks. While we should avoid unnecessary legislation, policies encouraging the role of oil and gas in the future Tanzania energy mix can help to trigger more investment – for the benefit of Tanzania’s security of supply, industrial competitiveness and economic growth.
We hope that these few points will help to enrich the discussion. We believe that they would move the Tanzania closer to reaching its goals, without drifting us & local investors away from the objective of a prosperous and sustainable. My team and I remain at your disposal for any further clarification you may want on any of these issues.

Peter S. Hermes
Managing Director
Tanzania Mines, Gas/Energy and Oil Forum
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Fatma Karume: CCM ‘iwatose’ wabaguzi kwa maslahi ya demokrasia Zanzibar

Mimi ni zao la Zanzibar. Ni matokeo ya maelfu ya pepo za msimu zilizowapeperusha watu wa madau kutoka duniani kote kuja kwenye visiwa hivi viduchu vilivyochipuka katika maji vuguvugu ya Bahari ya Hindi mashariki mwa bara la Afrika.

Limebumburuka! Boti zilizosheheni bidhaa kutoka ng'ambo zakamatwa bandari bubu Tanga

Shehena ya bidhaa mbalimbali zenye thamani ya mamilioni ya shilingi ikiwemo vipuri vya magari kutoka nchi tofauti za Pakistan, India na Ubelgiji zimekamatwa katika bandari bubu ya Kigombe iliyopo wilayani Muheza wakati zikiingizwa nchini kinyume cha sheria bila kulipiwa ushuru.

ITV imeshuhudia askari wa jeshi la polisi zaidi ya 100 wakiwa wamezingira boti zilizotumika kubeba bidhaa hizo ambapo kamimu kamanda wa polisi mkoani Tanga mratibu mwandamizi wa jeshi polisi Mayala Towo amesema shehena ya mzigo huo ni pamoja na mafuta ya kupikia kutoka Ubelgiji, sukari kutoka India na vipuri kutoka nchi za Ulaya.

Kwa upande wake meneja wa mamlaka ya mapato nchini (TRA) tawi la Tanga Bwana amekiri kuwa hali ya ukwepaji wa kodi katika bandari bubu ya Kigombe ni ya kutisha kwa sababu sehemu kubwa ya bidhaa zinazouzwa katika maduka mbalimbali katika baadhi ya maduka yaliyopo katika jiji la Tanga, Muheza na Mkinga zinatoka nje ambazo inadaiwa kuwa zimeingizwa nchini kinyume cha sheria hatua ambayo imesababisha bidhaa zinazozalishwa katika viwanda vya ndani kukosa soko.

Kufuatia hatua hiyo kaimu meneja wa forodha mkoa wa Tanga Bwana Jumbe Magoti amesema wazingatia sheria zilizowekwa katika zoezi la tozo za faini kisha watataifisha vyombo vilivyotumika katika usafirishaji wa bidhaa hizo kutoka kisiwani Zanzibar kuingizwa bara bila kulipiwa ushuru.

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Polisi Dar yawakamata wakongwe wa biashara ya dawa za kulevya na binadamu

Jeshi la Polisi kanda maalum ya Dar es Salaam, limefanikiwa kuwanasa wafanyabiashara wakongwe wa dawa za kulevya nchini ambao pia wanadaiwa kufanya biashara haramu za binadamu ambao wamekuwa wakiwasafirisha kutoka nchini kwenda katika nchi zinazozalisha dawa za kulevya.

Magwiji hao wa dawa za kulevya nchini waliotiwa nguvuni na jeshi la polisi ni pamoja na Mohamed Abdallah Omary, Nassoro Suleiman na meneja wa duka la Tungwe Bureau de Change ambalo hutumika kusafirisha fedha za dawa za kulevya kwenda nchini Pakstani kinyume na sheria.

Taarifa hiyo kamanda Sirro, amesema kwasasa jeshi la polisi limejipanga kuhakikisha linadhibiti mianya yote ya dawa za kulevya ambapo pia katika msako mkali uliofanyika mwishoni mwa wiki gari zenye namba za usajili T271 DCT, T916 DCL, T593 CEL na T999 DDB zimekamatwa.

Kamanda Sirro amesema kuwa kumeibuka wimbi la wafanyabiashara wa dawa za kulevya kusafirisha Watanzania kuwapeleka nchini Pakstani na kuwaacha kama bond ili wapatiwe mzigo mkubwa wa dawa za kulevya ambapo wengi wao wamekuwa wakiuawa.

Amesema jeshi limejipanga kusambaratisha mtandao huo.

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WhatsApp cancels subscription fees

Nearly a billion people around the world today rely on WhatsApp to stay in touch with their friends and family. From a new dad in Indonesia sharing photos with his family, to a student in Spain checking in with her friends back home, to a doctor in Brazil keeping in touch with her patients, people rely on WhatsApp to be fast, simple and reliable.

That's why we're happy to announce that WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees. For many years, we've asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we've grown, we've found that this approach hasn't worked well. Many WhatsApp users don't have a debit or credit card number and they worried they'd lose access to their friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we'll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service.

Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today's announcement means we're introducing third-party ads. The answer is no. Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you wantto hear from. That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. We all get these messages elsewhere today – through text messages and phone calls – so we want to test new tools to make this easier to do on WhatsApp, while still giving you an experience without third-party ads and spam.

We hope you enjoy what's coming to WhatsApp, and we look forward to your feedback.
Source: WhatsApp Official blog

Hali ilivyokuwa leo katika eneo la bonde la Mkwajuni, Dar es Salaam

Video na picha zinazoonesha hali isiyokuwa shwari katika eneo la bonde la Mkwajuni, Kinondoni jijini Dar es Salaam, kutokana na wananchi kuchoma matairi pande zote za barabara wakipinga kubomolewa makazi yao.

Jeshi la Polisi liliripotiwa kufika katika eneo hilo.

Taarifa ya Wizara kuhusu kuwaajiri waliohitimu kozi maalum za vyuo vya kilimo



Wizara ya Kilimo Mifugo na Uvuvi inautangazaia umma kuwa wahitimu mahiri 10,629 waliofuzu Vyuo vya Kilimo vya Inyala, Mtwara, Horti Tengeru, Igurusi, Katrin, Ukiriguru, Maruku, Uyole, KTC Moshi, Mlingano, Tumbi, Ilonga, NSI Kidatu na Mubondo, wanaweza wakatumiwa kwa lengo la kuongeza uzalishaji na tija katika kilimo.

Jumla ya wahitimu 7,525 wamefaulu katika ngazi ya Astashaada kati ya hao, wanawake ni 2,557 na wanaume ni 4,968. Wahitimu 3,104 wameafaulu katika ngazi ya Stashahada (Diploma) ambapo wanawake ni 774 na wanaume 2,370.

Wahitimu hawa ni mahiri katika michepuo ya Stashahada ya fani ya kilimo cha mboga matunda na maua (Horticultural Crops), Zana za Kilimo, Uzalishaji wa Mazao, Umwagiliaji na Huduma za Kiufundi, Mipango na Matumizi Bora ya Ardhi ya Kilimo na Chakula na Lishe.

Aidha, Wahitimu hao wanauwezo wa kiutendaji katika kuanzisha na kutunza bustani za mimea, mboga na matunda, kushauri wakulima kwa kutumia teknolojia mbalimbali ikiwemo TEHAMA, kusimamia kazi zote zinazohusu matumizi ya Zana za Kilimo na kuzifanyia matengenezo kila itapohitajika, kujenga miundombinu ya shamba ikiwemo maghala, vihenge na mabanda ya wanyama mbalimbali.

Pia wanauwezo wa kuzalisha mazao makuu ya chakula na biashara yanayolimwa nchini, kusaidia tafiti na kukusanya takwimu za utafiti wa mazao, kusimamia ujenzi wa miradi midogo ya umwagiliaji na kuandaa michoro ya miradi hiyo.

Wahitimu hao pia wanao uwezo wa kuandaa mazao baada ya kuvunwa, kuchakata na kufungasha, kufanya tathmini ya lishe na mahitaji ya chakula katika jamii, kuandaa mipango na kutoa ushauri kwa jamii kuhusu masuala ya lishe.

Serikali inawafahamisha Wadau wa maendeleo ya kilimo na mifugo, Wafanyabiashara wa ndani na nje ya nchi na yeyote mwenye mahitaji yanayoweza kutekelezwa na wataalam hawa kuwa wanayo fursa ya kuwaajiri, wahitimu hao ili kupata ufanisi katika shughuli zao za kilimo.

Imetolewa na;

Kitengo cha Mawasiliano Serikalini

WM Majaliwa amwakilisha Rais Magufuli katika mkutano wa SADC

Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akizungumza na Waziri wa Mawasiliano na Uchukuzi wa Botswana, Bw. Tshenolo Mabeo baada ya kuwasili kwenye uwanja wa ndege wa kimataifa wa Sir Seretse Khama uliopo Gaborone Januari 17, 2016. Majaliwa amemwakilisha Rais John Magufuli katika Mkutano wa SADC.

Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akizungumza na Katibu Mtendaji wa SADC,Dkt, Srergomena Tax mjini Gaborone ambako Mheshimiwa Majaliwa anamwakilisha Rais John Magufuli kwenye mkutano wa SADC Januari 17, 2016.

Picha: Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu

Waziri awasimamisha kazi Wakurugenzi Watendaji Manispaa za Kigoma na Mpanda


Waziri wa Nchi, Ofisi ya Rais – Tawala za Mikoa na Serikali za Mitaa, Mheshimiwa George B. Simbachawene (Mb) amewasimamisha kazi Wakurugenzi Watendaji wa Manispaa za Kigoma, Mkoa wa Kigoma na Manispaa ya Mpanda, Mkoa wa Katavi kwa tuhuma za kuridhia na kutekeleza maamuzi ambayo yamesababishia Serikali hasara na upotevu wa fedha.

Mkurugenzi wa Manispaa ya Kigoma Mhandisi Boniface Nyambele anakabiliwa na tuhuma ya uuzaji wa nyumba za Halmashauri bila kufuata Sheria, Kanuni na Taratibu zilizopo na bila kibali cha Waziri Mwenye Dhamana kama Sheria inavyo elekeza.

Mkurugenzi wa Manispaa ya Mpanda Ndugu Suleiman Lukanga anakabiliwa na tuhuma za Ununuzi hewa wa gari la kusomba taka kwa kiasi cha shilingi milioni tisini na mbili na laki saba na elfu hamsini (92,750,000/=) na ubadhirifu wa fedha za ujenzi wa Skimu ya Umwagiliaji ya Kakese kiasi cha shilingi milioni mia mbili, tisini na nne (294,000,000/=).

Aidha, Mheshimiwa Waziri wa Nchi ameagiza nafasi ya Mkurugenzi wa Manispaa ya Kigoma ikaimiwe na Mhandisi Sultan Imari Ndilowa ambaye ni Mkuu wa Idara ya Maji, Manispaa ya Kigoma, nafasi ya Mkurugenzi wa Manispaa ya Mpanda ikaimiwe na Ndugu Lauteri John Kanoni ambaye ni Katibu Tawala Msaidizi kutoka Ofisi ya Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Katavi.

Mheshimiwa Waziri wa Nchi, amewataka Wakurugenzi Watendaji wa Mamlaka za Serikali za Mitaa kote Nchini kuwa makini katika kutekeleza majukumu yao wafuate Sheria, Kanuni na Taratibu zilizopo. Serikali haitasita kuchukua hatua za kinidhamu kwa watumishi wote ambao watakiuka matakwa ya Sheria, Kanuni na Taratibu na kutoweka mbele maslahi ya Umma.

Imetolewa na:

Kitengo Cha Mawasiliano Serikalini
Ofisi ya Rais – TAMISEMI.

Tarehe 18 Januari, 2016

Wabunge wa CCM wakutana Dodoma

Wabunge wa CCM wakimsikiliza Mbunge wa Kibakwi Mhe. Boniface Simbachawene wakati akifafanua mambo mbali mbali kwenye ukumbi wa NEC, Makao Makuu ya CCM mjini Dodoma.

Mbunge wa Jimbo la Isimani Mhe. William Lukuvi akichangia hoja kwenye semina ya wabunge wa CCM.

Katibu Mkuu wa CCM Ndugu Abdulrahman Kinana (katikati) ambaye ndie mwenyekiti wa kikao maalum chenye kutoa semina elekezi kwa wabunge wa CCM, kulia ni Makamu Mwenyekiti wa CCM (Bara) Mhe. Philip Mangula na Katibu wa NEC Itikadi na Uenezi Nape Nnauye (kushoto).

Mbunge wa jimbo la Iramba Magharibi Mhe. Mwigulu Nchemba akifuatilia kwa makini hoja mbali mbali zilizotolewa na wabunge wa CCM kwenye semina maalum elekezi kwa ajili ya wabunge wa CCM mjini Dodoma.