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Telecom firm supports Mbeya bee-keepers

The telecom firm through its Airtel Fursa programme, gave the group 20 bee-hives, one honey extractor, two bee protection suits and 600 bottles.   Airtel Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Ms Hawa Bayumi, said at a handing over ceremony in Mbeya over the weekend that , “modern equipment being given will assist them to improve the quality of their operations and output.”   She also added that, the initiative to empower young entrepreneurs with equipment.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th September 2015

Kenya: Lake Turkana Power Farm to Produce 90 Megawatts Next Year

Kenya will get the first 90 megawatts from Lake Turkana Wind Power project in 2016 when the first production will be loaded onto the national grid. The biggest wind farm in sub Saharan Africa will run into full capacity in April 2017 transmitting a total of 310 megawatts to the national grid through a 428km overhead line that is being constructed by the Kenya Electrical Transmission Company. The Sh70 billion project located in Loyangalani District, Marsabit West County will be.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th September 2015

Agricultural sector set up for speedy transformation

The Yara fertilizer Terminal that was launched by President Jakaya Kikwete, last week, has the capacity to hold 120,000 tonnes annually, enough to supply the local market and the rest of East Africa.   The installed capacity of the Minjingu fertilizer factory is about 50,000 tonnes, thus Yara’s introduction. It is bringing new impetus into the farming methods that need fertilizer to transform the agricultural sector.   The US$25 million Yara investment is the first.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th September 2015

Kenya: Solar Power Provider Connects 250,000 Homes to Its Network

A local pay-as-you-go off grid energy provider has announced connecting 250,000 homes across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. M-Kopa Solar, which provides a payment plan for supply of a solar lighting system, a radio and phone charging apparatus, said the achievement is in line with its target of connecting a million customers to its solar power systems by 2018. The firm's managing director and co-founder, Mr Jesse Moore, said the growth in connected customers is satisfactory as the.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th September 2015

Heston to set up in Tanzania

 Heston, a British oil services company is setting up shop in Tanzania and use the country as a hub to tap into the growing hydrocarbons sector in the Eastern African region.  writes JOSEPH BURITE Speaking to the East African Business Week at an oil and gas exhibition in Dar es Salaam recently. David Edwards, the regional operations manager for Middle East and Africa said the company will apply a model that helped it achieve success in Bahrain and other countries in.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th September 2015

Rwanda waits for methane power unit

KIGALI, Rwanda - Rwandans will soon benefit from a project that generate electricity from heating methane gas on a floating platform. The project is being done in two phases and contracted to KivuWatt, a subsidiary of ContourGlobal. Recently the company announced in the local media that completion of the first phase will be done by October. CountourGlobal signed a 25-year Gas Concession Agreement with the government and a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with the Rwanda.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th September 2015

AfDB approves US$121mn grant to improve East Africa's electricity access

 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$121mn loan and grant to assist the government in improving electricity access for businesses and in rural households. powerlinenigeria pixabayOnly 14 per cent of Uganda has proper access to power, and AfDB hopes to increase that percentage through its project.  According to AfDB, the move is expected to enhance economic growth in several parts of rural Uganda. The grant, which is worth US$11.5mn, has been mobilised from.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th September 2015

East Africa: Bomag launches new compact and powerful machinery for the Build and Mining industry

 Bomag has extended its range of products with the addition of a new recycler and soil stabiliser, the MPH 364 Bomag MPH 364 BomagClearly arranged operating controls allow the machine operator to work easily.  MPH 364 is a compact and powerful machine .The new construction machine has an operating weight of 17 tonnes and a working width of 2,005 mm. The compact design and a powerful 360 HP engine make the MPH 364 a good choice for small projects such as car parks, minor.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th September 2015


THE official visit to Tanzania last week of more than 50 Norwegian business leaders led by Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Monica Maeland, has come at a time when bilateral business ties are witnessing strong momentum. Tanzania has for several decades been one of the most important countries to Norwegian development cooperation. Norway is today heavily involved in climate change issues, strengthening of public revenue management, clean energy, petroleum administration, fiscal.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th September 2015

Kenya - Norway looking forward to trade ties

Kenya and Norway are seeking close business ties to strengthen economic growth and create jobs in the two countries. A high-powered business delegation from Norway is in the country led by the nation’s Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Maeland to seek available business opportunities in Kenya. According to Kenya’s ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the volume of bilateral trade between the two countries increased steadily from $12 million (Sh 1.26.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th September 2015

Construction of Sh12b cement plant in Kenya to kick off next year

 Construction work for the long awaited multi-billion cement processing factory project at Sebit in West Pokot County will kick off early next year, company officials have confirmed. Cemtech limited, a subsidiary of India's Sanghi Group of companies will begin construction work for the Sh 12 billion factory after approval by engineers who had earlier raised queries over its site among other issues. Residents, some of whom expected to benefit either directly or indirectly with the.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th September 2015


TRADE Mark East Africa (TMEA) has pledged to support Tanzania to capitalise on its comparative advantage on rice production by increasing sales of the commodity in the regional markets. The TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) Country Director, Dr Josephat Kweka, said in Dar es Salaam at the high level policy dialogue for rice value chain stakeholders in the EAC Common Market that although Tanzania leads in rice production it was still not able to take advantage of the readily available.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th September 2015




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