SINGITA Grumeti’s commitment to conservation, development and community outreach come together in perfect harmony in the establishment of the Singita Grumeti Environmental Educational Center in Tanzania.The Center serves to engage and educate the community’s next generation of leaders on the importance of a balanced, sustainable ecosystem. The center conducts approximately 25 week-long courses per year which are attended by 300 youth from the 26 secondary schools in nearby districts border.Add a comment
AFTER graduating from University of Dodoma (UDOM) in 2015 with Bachelor of Education (B.Edu) , Ms Frida Mwita, knew it was time to work for the society instead of being idle at home waiting for salaried employment, whose time was unknown.Add a comment
BENJAMIN Mkapa Foundation (BMF) has constructed nearly 500 houses as part of an effort to help address a chronic shortage of staff quarters for health professionals across the country.Add a comment
FORGING of academic credentials, according to elites, can be described as a lack of confidence and selfishness on the part of the perpetrator. Selfishness creeps in when the forger fails to fulfill their job description due to a low level of education.Add a comment
UNION between Tanganyika and Zanzibar that was inked on 26th April, 1964 - (53 years now) between Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere and Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume remains a great pride to Tanzanians and shining example for African continent as a whole.Add a comment
FIFTY three years ago in 1964 on a day like this a united nation among other nations was born, a combination of two sovereign states who willingly gave up part of their freedom to form the United Republic of Tanzania on the 26 of April 1964.Add a comment
“WATER is life,’’ this is a common saying all over the world. There can be no life without water. The daily consumption of water at various places, including homes and industries, justifies this old adage.Add a comment
What the Belt and Road Initiative means
AS early as two thousand years ago, China opened up a network of trade routes both on land and at sea. The land route started from Chinese inland cities and reached the Mediterranean countries through Central Asia. The maritime route started from China’s South-East coastal areas and reached East Africa and Europe through Indo-China Peninsula, South China Sea Islands, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. At that time, Silk was the landmark export commodity of China, therefore, the two routes were named “Silk Road”.
In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping raised the major initiative of jointly building “the Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road,” which was to revitalize the two time-honored land and marine for international trade. Later, China has made the two initiatives into one, which was called for short “The Belt and Road”.
Main points of the Belt and Road Initiative
Instead of being empty talks, the Belt and Road Initiative is a full set of visible and tangible measures. China aims at driving the relevant regions to realize common development and prosperity, speed up regional integration, narrow the development gap and increase complementarity of each country’s advantage, through five major measures, namely: policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds. Enhancing policy coordination is an important guarantee for implementing the Belt and Road Initiative. We hope all participant countries would enhance political mutual trust, build a multilevel inter-governmental policy communication mechanism and dock their economic development strategies with each other. They are also expected to jointly work out plans and measures for regional cooperation, negotiate to solve cooperation-related issues, and provide policy support for the implementation of practical cooperation and large-scale projects. Facilities connectivity is a priority area for implementing the Initiative.
On the basis of respecting each other’s sovereignty and security concerns, countries along the Belt and Road should improve the connectivity of their infrastructure construction plans and technical standard systems, jointly push forward the construction of international trunk passageways, including railways, roads, airways, oil and gas pipelines, cross-border powertransmission routes and crossboarder communications trunk line networks.
Investment and trade cooperation is a major task in building the Belt and Road. We should strive to improve investment and trade facilitation, and remove investment and trade barriers for the creation of a sound business environment. We will discuss with countries and regions along the Belt and Road on opening free trade areas and industrial parks, so as to unleash the potential for expanded cooperation. In accordance with the principles of mutual complementarity and win-win outcome, we should deepen cooperation in agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and fisheries. We should increase cooperation in the exploration and development of coal, oil, gas, metal minerals and other conventional energy sources.
Financial integration is an important underpinning for implementing the Belt and Road Initiative. China hopes to make joint efforts to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and BRICS Development Bank, set up and put into operation the Silk Road Fund as early as possible. We should build a regional financial risk early-warning system, and create an exchange and cooperation mechanism of addressing cross-border risks and crisis. We should give full play to the role of the Silk Road Fund and that of sovereign wealth funds of countries along the Belt and Road, and encourage commercial equity investment funds and private funds to participate in the construction of key projects of the Initiative.
People-to-people bonds provide the public support for implementing the Initiative. We should carry forward the spirit of friendly cooperation of the Silk Road by promoting extensive cultural and academic exchanges, personnel exchanges and cooperation, media cooperation, youth and women exchanges and volunteer services, so as to win public support for deepening bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Some early harvests of the Initiative
Started from scratch in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative has been growing healthily and gained much unexpected progress and outcome. It has won the support of more than 100 countries and international organizations, and has become an extensive international consensus.
It has been written into resolutions of many international bodies including the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council. Currently, we are building the economic corridor in Euro-Asia. We have also witnessed greater connectivity, growing trade and investments and steady progress in major cooperation programs. Since January 1st this year, China-Europe Express Rail was launched and trains were seen crossing 8 countries within 18 days, making it a latest wonder along the Belt and Road. Upon hearing the news, President Magufuli said to me that this direct rail link between China and UK is a remarkable and imaginable achievement in the world.
It is one of the greatest feat in the history of transportation. Actually, building intercontinental railway networks is a part of the Belt and Road Initiative. It will greatly promotes trade with China, which in turn will help the global economy to grow.
Mr Lu Jianing, Chairman of the Far East Branch of Russian Academy of Science, said that the Belt and Road Initiative is different from other development programs of the west. It offers a better option for the world than the old globalization under the control of U.S.
It injects positive energy to global economy
Due to the deep impact of the financial crisis, the sluggishness of global economic recovery, plus downturn of investment and trade, the growth of major economies are slowing down. Meanwhile, protectionism, isolationism and unilateralism are on the rise. Tide is rising against globalization.
These trends pose a great threat to global economy. It is at such a difficult moment for the world when western powers are struggling with their own economy, China launched the Belt and Road Initiative which is like a warm current that brought new hope for global recovery.
The Belt and Road Initiative conforms to the trend featuring a multi-polar world, a globalized economy, diversified culture and a informative society. Advocating the spirit of open up and cooperation, the Initiative is committed to maintain a liberalization of international trade and an open world economy. It will enhance the confidence of all countries on cooperation, dispel the dark cloud of economic stagnation and inject new energy to global economic growth.
(2) The Belt and Road Initiative sets up a new model for global economic cooperation.
It is a brand-new international cooperation model for many reasons. It champions the ideal of common development. It aims at seeking convergence of state interest, destiny and responsibility. It focuses on making a bigger pie for all and pursues win-win outcome. It advocates cooperation based on equality. It upholds the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration. All interests are well catered for. There is no hegemonic agenda or political conditions attached, granting full freedom of development to all participants. It is by no means a China- only project. It is a public product offered by China to the world. It’s applicable everywhere and will serve anywhere as a strong drive of economic growth. It reflects a long-term vision of China for global economy, and shows China’s strong sense of responsibility and accountability as a major country in the world. (Continues tomorrow)
- *Dr. Lu Youqing is the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United Republic of Tanzania
THE community of people living with hearing impairment has been suffering by missing studying opportunities at different levels. Parents and guardians of the deaf in the Northern Zone of Tanzania (Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Manyara and Tanga regions) noticed the situation and decided to form an association that would bring them together. It is an organisation that would strive to pool resources and ensure the children get quality education.Add a comment
ALL women have in-born leadership character. What needs to be added is talent promotion, and this mostly should be done to African women, who work hard but earn very little,‘’ says a political scientist and human rights activist, Prof Ruth Meena.Add a comment
ASHA Kanongo has three children none of whom has a birth certificate. Ms Kanongo, a resident of Kishapu District, in Shinyanga Region, has no birth certificate either.Add a comment
“AT one time in the past, hunger hit a certain village and two young men decided to go to a neighbouring village looking for food. Both had no shoes, they were to travel barefooted. One of them however, refused to go unless he could get a pair of shoes. His fellow decided it was okay, walked barefooted to the village.Add a comment
JUST as it offers service to the Mainland, the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) gives the same to Zanzibar, according to Lusajo Mwankemwa of the Directorate of Economic Policy and Research, who has dismissed as false and misleading claims that the Islands have been sidelined by the bank.Add a comment
ABOUT a week ago, Mwanza Region business stakeholders enjoyed 480 miAdd a comment
CHILDREN’S Dignity Forum (CDF), a non-governmental organisation, is spearheading a relentless battle to fight child marriage and teenage pregnancies to enable girls realise their educational dreams in Tarime District.Add a comment
THE huge potential of the estimated 57.25 Tcf of natural gas reserve has begun to create a major concern among stakeholders over the possible adverse environmental and social effects created by extraction of the resource as experienced in other parts of Africa.Add a comment
As a nation we need to change our policies on foreign investment in particular how to work with IFDI enterprises. One best approach is to develop joint venture with IFDI enterprises so the profit will remain in the country.Add a comment
SLEEPING sickness is wreaking havoc among pastoral communities in Northern Tanzania, calling for immediate solution to control the infections.Add a comment
A promising journey to reintegrate 20,000 out of school children aged 7-17 years into the basic education system has begun in Mara Region. It is a journey that will see the children being enrolled with the Complementary Basic Education Tanzania (COBET) programme under the Mara Out-of School Children Project.Add a comment
IN any modern world, everyone looks for investment opportunities with the best returns. Basically― from research, there are many options, depending on your pocket and interest.Add a comment
FOR decades, the rural areas have suffered a double tragedy: backwardness in terms of development and a burgeoning population. As if that is not enough, rural people are a major source of capital formation and a principal market for domestic manufacturers.Add a comment
Honorable Mohamed Othman, former Chief Justice of Tanzania held the post for more than six years and concluded his tenure according to the constitution early this year.Add a comment
ON 23 June last year, the British people voted to leave the European Union. This week, the UK Government formally started the exit process (commonly known as Article 50).Add a comment
MORE than 1,500 residents of Iharara village in Serengeti District have access to clean drinking water near their homes, thanks to the Singita Grumeti Fund for supporting implementation of a multimillion- shillings water project.Add a comment