News & Analysis: Tanzania

COVID-19 in Tanzania: Is business as usual response enough?

“Due to the pandemic, the World Bank projects that economic growth in Tanzania will drop sharply to 2.5% in 2020 from a much higher growth rate of 6.9% that the government announced in 2019. Much of this growth was driven by strong public investment and export earnings. The government’s firm focus and commitment during this pandemic have been to avoid a complete halt of economic activities.”

via International Growth Centre

Using Google Mobility Data to Assess COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies in East Africa

“We look at mobility data from Google to see how effective four East African countries have been in reducing social interaction in line with the kind of suppression strategies health experts were recommending at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Shifting Spaces: COVID-19 responses across the African Great Lakes region

“In the African Great Lakes region responses to COVID-19 have not only been shaped by government information, but by the intervention of herbalists, traditional healers, religious leaders and customary authorities. Often healthcare is provided by relatives and between households.”

via Africa at LSE

COVID-19: We Still Have Issues To Address As The EAC- President Kagame

“President Paul Kagame, who is also the sitting chairperson of the East African Community (EAC) says the region still has many issues to address in order to jointly face challenges presented by the new coronavirus.”

via KT Press

Tanzania says it has begun negotiations over debt relief to shore up economy

“Tanzania has begun negotiations with creditors over a G20 nations initiative over debt relief, the finance minister said on Thursday, part of efforts to mitigate negative economic effects sparked by the coronavirus outbreak. The initiative is geared towards delaying debt repayments beginning in May to December 2020, freeing up cash for governments to use to ease the economic impact of COVID-19.”

via Reuters

IMF Executive Board Approves $14.3 Million Debt Relief to the United Republic of Tanzania Under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust

“The pandemic has weakened near-term macroeconomic prospects for Tanzania. The country is facing a drastic reduction in tourism receipts, budget pressures, and a projected deceleration of GDP growth from over 6 percent to 4 percent in the current fiscal year and to 2.8 percent in the upcoming fiscal year (the fiscal year ends in June).”

via IMF

COVID-19 shock dims earnings prospects for East African banks for 2020

“East Africa’s listed banks have reported either flat or reduced profit for the first three months ended March 31, setting the pace for a year of subdued performance as the COVID-19 pandemic stifles economic activity. The banks’ first quarter performance shows both interest and non-interest income came under immense pressure, as loan loss provisions increased sharply.”

via The East African

Rwanda faults cross-border movement for resurging virus cases

“A day after Rwanda reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, President Paul Kagame hinted at suspending resumption of public transport even as he blamed cross-border movement for the resurgence.”

via The East African

Zambia’s response to COVID-19: ‘We have to choose life or livelihood or both’

“As the total number of confirmed cases in Zambia passes the 1,000 mark, the Ministry of Health continues to deliver daily COVID-19 updates and press briefings. However, these are becoming increasingly politicised, with some within PF considering the Health Minister, Dr Chitalu Chilufya, to be a potential threat, and this is undermining the level of trust in the information being conveyed.”

via ESID

Zambia’s Health minister tests positive for COVID-19

“Zambia’s Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has tested positive for COVID-19 as the country’s cases surpassed the 1,000 mark. He becomes the second-high profile individual to come out publicly after his Information counterpart Dora Siliya announced her results on Sunday.”

via The East African