News & Analysis: Tanzania

Africa’s agricultural sector faces up to COVID-19 crisis

“African farmers have begun to experiment with apps and new technologies. Meanwhile, policymakers and relief organisations are refocusing on food production and provision. Pioneering policymakers are prioritising food security and shifting to clean energy sources, such as hydroelectric and solar.”

via African Business Magazine

Kenyan company starts exporting COVID-19 swabs

“Revital Health Care Limited has begun exporting COVID-19 reagents to 14 countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia among others. The chairman said Revital health care limited was the only company in Africa which can manufacture 80, 000 viral transport media and swabs a day.”

via The Star (Kenya)

Kenya’s Health Chief Denies Accusation Jack Ma’s Donated PPE Was Illegally Smuggled to Tanzania

“Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe came under fire on Monday from members of a parliamentary health committee, who demanded that he respond to allegations that the bulk of PPE donations given by the Jack Ma Foundation in March were illegally smuggled to neighboring Tanzania.”

via China-Africa Project

East African Community battles trade disruption

“The East African Community is one of Africa’s most integrated regional blocs, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive disruption to both its internal and external trade.”

via African Business Magazine

Government messages and fear from COVID-19 in Dar es Salaam

“Tanzania has rejected a one-size-fits-all model to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and imposing an extensive lockdown as elsewhere in the region. The government’s public health messaging to the population is therefore crucially important. What then has been the effect of public health announcements on citizens’ behaviour, and does this pose a problem for containment or a second wave?”

via LSE

Rethinking regulations: Informal settlements in the time of COVID-19

“Informal settlements, given their high densities and lacking water and sanitation infrastructure, are potential hotspots for the spread of pandemics like COVID-19. To remedy this, upgrading informal settlements will be essential. However, for long term resilience, we need to tackle the regulatory challenges that keep formal housing prices unattainable for the urban poor.”

via International Growth Centre

COVID-19 sustains assault on battered regional currencies

“In recent weeks, regional currencies have come under increased pressure against the dollar as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to dismantle efforts by central banks to maintain stability and arrest negative impact on their economies. Depreciating currencies result in increased cost of living as prices of basic goods rise; and servicing of hard currency-dominated loans becomes expensive for institutional borrowers.”

via The East African

‘My Tanzanian family is split over coronavirus’

“In a situation where the government is not releasing figures and journalists cannot access health facilities to investigate independently, it’s the doctors’ word against their doubters.”

via BBC

Alfred Mutua obtains Tanzania’s alleged COVID-19 cure for testing in Kenyan labs

“Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has received bottles of the medicine reportedly being used in Tanzania for COVID-19 treatment. Mutua said he had sent one of the bottles of the alleged COVID-19 ‘cure’ to the Machakos Research Labs and another to the Kenya Medical Research Institute for studies on the efficacy of the medicine.”

via Tuko

COVID-19: A Coffeehouse Conversation on Financial Technology

Africa is at the edge of FinTech innovation and a lack of financial inclusion, and COVID-19 has increased the stakes of getting the policy environment right for increasing access to finance.

via Devex