Tanzania at a Glance
Working in Tanzania
The Tanzanian Economy
Tanzania has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the world and about a third of the population is living below the poverty line. The country has a high potential for growth, however, due to its many investment opportunities in areas such as mining, tourism, and natural resources. Despite experiencing a dip from 2009 to 2011 due to the global recession, the growth rate was back up to about 7% per year in 2012, mainly due to the high price of gold and increased production.
Tanzania has been slowly making the transition to a liberalized market economy since the mid-1980s. The government still maintains a presence in some sectors, however, such as banking, energy, mining, and telecommunications. Many people have found jobs working in Tanzania in the financial sector in the past few years, with many foreign-owned banks operating in the country.
Around 80% of the people working in Tanzania have jobs in the primary sector and agricultural exports account for over a quarter of the country’s GDP. Industry accounts for another quarter of Tanzania’s GDP and services make up the remaining 47%.
Tanzania’s main sectors include agriculture, fishing, mining, manufacturing, energy, telecommunications and IT. Many people also have jobs in tourism, since Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s biggest tourist destinations such as Serengeti National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Victoria, and Olduvai Gorge.
Tanzania’s main agricultural products include coffee, tea, cotton, corn, wheat, cattle, and sheep. Tanzanian mining efforts are mostly concentrated on gold, base metals, and diamonds. With companies from Australia, Canada, and South Africa investing in the gold sector, it is fast becoming one of Africa’s major producers. In the energy sector, many people work for oil and gas companies, as well as for companies focusing on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, hydropower, and biomass.
Dar es Salaam
If you will be working in Tanzania in the industrial sector, you will probably end up in Dar es Salaam. With a population of 4.36 million, Dar es Salaam, which means City of Peace in Arabic, is home to 10% of the mainland population. It is Tanzania’s largest and richest city, and its economic center.
Dar es Salaam has experienced a major construction boom over the past few years. Despite this, an estimated 70% of the population lives in informal housing and slums. Other problems plaguing Dar es Salaam include an outdated public transportation system and occasional power rationing.
The city is divided into three districts: Ilala, Kinondoni, and Temeke. The administrative district and central business district (Posta) are located in Ilala. This district is also the transportation hub of the city, with the international airport, and two train stations located within its borders. Half of the city’s residents live in the second district, Kinondoni. Most of the high-income suburbs are located here, so this is where you will find most expats living. The third district, Temeke, is the city’s industrial center and the location of Tanzania’s busiest port.
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