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Shortly after independence, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964. One-party rule came to an end in 1995 with the first democratic elections held in the country since the 1970s. Zanzibar's semi-autonomous status and popular opposition have led to two contentious elections since 1995, which the ruling party won despite international observers' claims of voting irregularities.

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. The economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, which accounts for half of GDP, provides 85% of exports, and employs 80% of the work force. Topography and climatic conditions, however, limit cultivated crops to only 4% of the land area. Industry is mainly limited to processing agricultural products and light consumer goods. The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and bilateral donors have provided funds to rehabilitate Tanzania's deteriorated economic infrastructure. Growth in 1991-2001 featured a pickup in industrial production and a substantial increase in output of minerals, led by gold. Natural gas exploration in the Rufiji Delta looks promising and production could start by 2002. Recent banking reforms have helped increase private sector growth and investment. Continued donor support and solid macroeconomic policies should support steady real GDP growth of 5% in 2002 and 2003.

Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Jan 12 - Zanzibar Revolution Day
Feb 5 - Chama Cha Mapinduzi Day
Apr 26 - Union Day
May 1 - International Labour Day
Jul 7 - Saba Saba (Industry's Day)
Aug 8 - Nane Nane (Farmer's Day)
Nov 14-16* - Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Dec 9 - Independence and Republic Day
Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Dec 26 - Boxing Day

Ps: Muslim festival(*) is timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the date given above is approximations.

Phone Codes

Country Code: 255
Outgoing International Code: 00


Market Research

CIA - The World Factbook - United Republic of Tanzania
This website indicates a wide range of detail information about Tanzania by introducing under 8 different fields as its geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, transnational issues.

About Tanzania
There is available to find out Tanzania's general outlook on the issues of its social and business profile, passport/visa, money, accommodation, government, duty free, health and so forth.

Tanzania Business
Mbendi serves as business oriented directory providing an ultimate African Business Source for the potential investors seeking new business opportunities in Tanzania including the list of industries for Tanzania.

Tradepoint Tanzania
Tradepoint Tanzania is a part of the Global Trade Point Network that offers business information and contacts for potential investors willing to doing business with Tanzania.

Tanzania Investment Center
Tanzania Investment Center dedicates to serve as investors guide to Tanzania by displaying comprehensive source about Tanzanian business environment.

Lex Africa: Business Guide: Tanzania
The African Law Firm Network examines Tanzania in order to get comprehensive business outlook for the potential investors seeking business opportunities in Tanzania.

Tanzanian News
There are listed the news sources of Tanzania.

Embassy of Sweden -- Business Opportunities in Tanzania
Embassy of Sweden aims to supply business & commercial assistance to investors who are willing to do business with Tanzania.

Tanzania Development Gateway: Investment
There is available to find investment opportunities in Tanzania.

Tanzania - INDEX
There is available to find out a list of sites where you can expect to find specific information about Tanzania when searching their database on the word "Tanzania".

U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs - For Tanzania
U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs creates a wide range of research named as Consular Information Sheet about Tanzania in terms of analyzing its social, political, cultural & economic environments.

World Trade Organization(WTO) : Tanzania
World Trade Organization(WTO) supplies the trade policy reviews of Tanzania in order to display & evaluate the recent economic and business developments realized after introducing the economic improvement packages by WTO.

Trade Information

Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture
Tanzania Chamber of Commerce embodies all kind of business sectors and the service to retrieve trade opportunities, business contacts, trade information, import/export regulations, governmental lobbying, advocacy, training and seminars, advisory service and others.

Embassy Listings For Tanzania
There are listed the embassies of Tanzania including the embassies' contact information.

Tanzania Government Online
It is the official website of Tanzanian government that indicates the structure of Tanzanian government by looking at its political units, branches, ministries and so forth in details.

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