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Chargé d’Affaires Inmi Patterson Travels to Mbeya

Chargé d’Affaires Inmi Patterson Travels to Mbeya

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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania From October 17 to 19, the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam Dr. Inmi Patterson traveled to Mbeya, Tanzania to visit, and raise awareness of, U.S. efforts to empower local Tanzanians to develop healthy and educated communities, promote local and regional economies, and to support natural resource management. The U.S. Government is proud to work with Tanzanians, supporting local efforts to build a peaceful, prosperous, secure, and healthy Tanzania “The U.S. Government is proud to work with Tanzanians, supporting local efforts to build a peaceful, prosperous, secure, and healthy Tanzania,” said Chargé d’Affaires Patterson during a visit to Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital, where U.S. health programs help to alleviate the
2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Office Funding Opportunity now available!

2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Office Funding Opportunity now available!

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KIGALI, Rwanda The Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announces an open competition for FY 2018 projects to combat trafficking in persons outside of the United States. Informed by the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, current anti-trafficking programming, and in consultation with other offices in the U.S. Government, the TIP Office has identified 24 priority countries or regions for funding. These following countries and regions are listed as priorities for anti-trafficking programming for FY 2018. The TIP Office will allocate funding through an open, two-stage competitive process. In the first stage of competition, U.S.-based and foreign non-profits, non-governmental organizations, public international o...
EU renews sanctions until 31 October 2018

EU renews sanctions until 31 October 2018

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BRUSSELS, Belgium On 23 October 2017, the Council renewed the EU restrictive measures against Burundi for another year until 31 October 2018. These measures consist of a travel ban and asset freeze against four persons whose activities are deemed to be undermining democratic governance and obstructing the search for a peaceful political solution in Burundi. These activities include acts of violence, repression or incitement to violence and acts which constitute serious human rights violations. The EU remains profoundly concerned by information on continuing extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, forced disappearances, torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and gender-based violence, including sexual violence committed in Burundi sinc...
Marriott International Debuts Four Points by Sheraton in Tanzania

Marriott International Debuts Four Points by Sheraton in Tanzania

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ARUSHA, Tanzania   POINT 1: Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com) today announced the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Arusha, The Arusha Hotel (FourPointsTheArushaHotel.com), marking the debut of the brand into Tanzania. Founded in 1894, The Arusha Hotel, has emerged as a city landmark playing host to many dignitaries and well known personalities over more than 120 years. Rebranded after renovation, the hotel retains its unique charm reminiscent of a bygone era and a fabled past. Located steps away from the famous Clock Tower, known to mark the center point from Cairo to Cape Town, it is easily accessible from both Arusha as well as the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Nestled within three acres of lush tropical gardens, it sits snugly in
FINCA accelerating financial inclusion through FinTech innovation in Tanzania

FINCA accelerating financial inclusion through FinTech innovation in Tanzania

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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania According to the 2014–2016 Tanzania National Financial Inclusion Framework the level of formal financial access in the rural areas of Tanzania is 8.5% compared to 23% in the urban areas and totally excluded rural population is 60% compared to 45% in urban areas. The ninth edition of the Tanzania Economic Update highlighted the country’s extraordinary progress in bringing financial services to 62% of its population today compared to 11% in 2006, making it a regional leader in the use of digital financial services and putting it on a solid footing to achieve Universal Financial Access by 2020 Hundreds of thousands of low-income people have gained access to financial products including credit, savings and money transfers through leveraging
Kenya government prohibit opposition protests in three big cities

Kenya government prohibit opposition protests in three big cities

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA
 Nairobi,Kenya: Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates. Kenya's government has banned  opposition protests in  the  biggest three biggest cities because of "imminent danger of breach of peace" as the fresh presidential election approaches. The National Super Alliance (Nasa) leaders and supporters have been taking to the street in major towns in its strongholds, including in the capital Nairobi, demanding reforms in the IEBC. But Interior Cabinet Minister Fred Matiang'i announcing the ban on Thursday said the demonstrators had resorted to looting and destroying property. "Due to the clear, present and imminent danger of breach of peace, the government notifies the public that, for the time being, we will not allow demonstrations within the central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa an
Facebook brings together Kenyan Group leaders to foster new connections

Facebook brings together Kenyan Group leaders to foster new connections

ASIA, EAST AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY
NAIROBI, Kenya Facebook (www.Facebook.com) today hosted a gathering of group leaders from some of Kenya’s largest and most diverse Facebook Group communities, all representing a wide range of Groups from parenting to leisure, non-profit, and media. With the aim of listening, learning and connecting, this community meetup forms part of Facebook’s ongoing drive to strengthen its ecosystem in Africa, and to help people share moments and insights that matter most to them. Facebook believes Group leaders play a vital role in this, with their passion and dedication in helping to foster, form and strengthen communities. “More than 1 billion people use Facebook Groups each month,” says Ime Archibong, Facebook's Vice President of Partnerships. “More than 100 million
Demonstrations fire-up as Kenya opposition Leader withdraw from race

Demonstrations fire-up as Kenya opposition Leader withdraw from race

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Nairobi –Kenya. Kenyan opposition Raila Odinga confirmed his withdraw from the 26th October Kenyan presidential elections, citing the government had failed to make changes in the electoral committee and the election process. Several people were injured in protests in Kenya on Wednesday, Kenyan police fired teargas at opposition protesters who burned tyres and lobbed stones, a day after their leader Raila Odinga announced his withdrawal from the presidential race, plunging the country into uncharted waters. Kenya will deploy security forces to monitor protests planned by the main opposition alliance, the government’s spokesman said, as he criticized the demonstrations for slowing down business. The opposition National Super Alliance plans to hold demonstrations in the ca