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Tanzania seeks to extend exclusive economic zone

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Tanzania will tomorrow present a special write-up to the United Nations requesting extension of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a procedure allowed under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday the Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development Prof Anna Tibaijuka said the area named Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) extends 150 miles beyond the 200 miles of EEZ.

Prof Tibaijuka said that the government has decided to claim the area because it is of strategic economic interest to the country as it may contain resources such as oil, gas and other minerals. The country is claiming the area of the sea to enable it to fully utilise any resources in it which can contribute to boosting its economy for the benefit of the present and future generations? said Prof Tibaijuka.

 Rais Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete akiwa na ujumbe wa kampuni inayojenga bomba la gesi asilia kutoka Mtwata hadi Dar es salaam, Benki ya Exim ya China na viongozi waandamizi wa serikali alipowakaribisha Ikulu kwa mazungumzo baada ya uzinduzi rasmi wa ujenzi wa bomba hilo maeneo ya Kinyerezi jijini Dar es salaam.

Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete on Thursday strongly defended the foreign direct investments, massive loans and aid from China saying Tanzania would continue to attract more investors from the Asian superpower despite the negative image painted by the Western media on its business deals in Africa.

At a joint press conference with his host, Canadian Premier Stephen Harper, the President said: "Despite the noises from 'the Western media and other critics', Tanzania will not reject investments from China."


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