Cordial relations with Kenya commendable
THE GUARDIAN | 8th Oct 15
Over the last few years Tanzania’s economy has been growing at more than five percent each year. Although it has not grown by eight or more percent as required to reach the target of achieving a middle class economy by 2025, the country has not faired so badly.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Oct 15
It was in late August this year that Works minister Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, CCM’s flag bearer in the upcoming presidential election, officially kicked off his bid to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th Oct 15
Tanzania is the second largest economy in the East African Community and the twelfth largest in Africa. The country is largely dependent on agriculture for employment, accounting for about half of the employed workforce.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Oct 15
The two-year ban imposed on Mbeya City’s central defender Juma Nyoso last week goes down in the history of Mainland Tanzania as one of the severest in relation to the incident.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 4th Oct 15
Observers have been stuck in disdain at a formulation by the resident representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Thomas Baunsgaard. The IMF newcomer to Tanzania told a local daily that the depreciation of the shilling over the past nine months was alright, as it was a perfect natural adjustment placing it closer to its real value.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Oct 15
As the clock ticks towards polling day political stakeholders have strongly called on the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to conduct its duties fairly, freely and transparently to make the election credible.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Oct 15
On Wednesday this week, Tanzania joined other nations to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Older Persons aimed at recognising the contribution of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st Oct 15
The Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, William Lukuvi, last week said that invasion of open spaces and delays in issuance of title deeds were among the leading causes of land disputes in the country.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Sep 15
If wishes were horses, men could ride, goes a famous English saying. In this connection, there are many wishes being tossed around by candidates vying for various elective posts in the National Assembly and local government authorities.
THE GUARDIAN | 29th Sep 15
Tanzania has been praised on progress made in achievement of several of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) particularly in education, gender equality and health. As the nation today launches the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it leaves much to be desired when schools across the country both in rural areas and in the cities are but ‘ghost town’ structures.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Sep 15
The just-ended All Africa Games held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, were a true eye opener for Tanzania in that they pointed to how we can and do feature in international sports.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 27th Sep 15
Mid this week the Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development William Lukuvi went on record as having said he would leave no stone unturned in seeing to it that all land officers failing to fulfill their responsibilities are taken to task.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Sep 15
City arch-rivals Young Africans SC and Simba SC, meet in an eagerly awaited Mainland Premier League match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam today. Fans who are expected to fill the stadium to capacity look forward to seeing a disciplined and entertaining game as the two sides are by and large the mirror of local soccer.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Sep 15
The media fraternity this week received very gratifying news. The Tanzania Human Rights Coalition (THRDC), a human rights organisation, distributed 200 special jackets to journalists covering the General Election in 11 regions.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Sep 15
If the Chinese are not quite everywhere in Africa their numbers, their investments and their trade had mushroomed over the last 10 years. China has been in Africa twice before.
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd Sep 15
Among habits that have been common in Tanzania is negligence or utter disregard of laws and regulations guiding various operations. For instance, it is common to see people carrying out petty business like selling goods at bus stops meant for passengers to alight from or board buses.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Sep 15
Lack of political tolerance is admittedly a problem everywhere in the world, however, in Africa and indeed elsewhere, it all too often boils over to outright civil mayhem. Political scientists explain that political intolerance manifests itself when political leaders refuse to give space to opposition parties, effectively trampling the very core of democracy that entitles all to their own opinion, political, religious or otherwise.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Sep 15
It is, as so often happens, out with dust! That was how Team Tanzania performed in the just-ended All Africa Games in Republic of Congo capital Brazzaville. None of the 40 athletes managed to bring home even the lowest quality medal or come close to win it.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 20th Sep 15
This year’s general election will be the fifth since the introduction of plural democracy that ushered in multipartism, and they are billed to be the hottest since 1995. Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has won all the four past elections but in all four elections opposition political parties have complained about vote rigging specifically vote stealing by the winning party.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Sep 15
Listening to the ongoing election campaigns sometimes one may conclude that some candidates think their voters are fools. We deliberately use this term ‘fool’ simply because according to a simple definition, a fool is a person who acts unwisely or imprudently; a silly person.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Sep 15
Tanzanians, farmers in particular, have reason to rejoice after President Jakaya Kikwete on Wednesday opened a multi-billion-shilling fertiliser terminal in Dar es Salaam. Experts say the “huge godown” is the first of its kind in the country run by Norwegian agricultural company Yara international ASA.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Sep 15
Tanzania is facing a serious threat from deforestation amid reports that the country is losing an average of 420,000 hectares of forests annually through rampant tree felling. The situation poses a serious threat to the country's economic development.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Sep 15
Education, as we all know, has no end, but it is common for students to regard completion of educational institutions as enough. Most do not think that they have just embarked on climbing the tall ladder of achievement in their pursuit of further education.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th Sep 15
We are more than delighted to learn that something is being done in response to the weather alerts made by the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) a few days ago. In its weather forecast, the agency warned about impending El Nino storms falling in some parts of Tanzania in October, which is just around the corner.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Sep 15
The new Mainland premier soccer league has just kicked off, with 16 teams competing for the silverware at the end of the season in mid-2016. The league serves as a source of income for players, officials and other stakeholders.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 13th Sep 15
Eight political parties have put up presidential candidates for this year’s general election in the United Republic of Tanzania, but more than 12 political parties have put up candidates for Union Parliament and Councillorship.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Sep 15
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest -serving First Lady of the United States, who held the rank from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin Roosevelt's four terms in office, is remembered for a lot of constructive issues and ideas.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Sep 15
We are more than thrilled to hear from Chief Justice Mohamed Chande Othman himself that the court in Tanzania reeks of corruption and various other bad practices. Opening a two-day Judiciary workers’ council meeting in Dodoma on Wednesday the CJ said that a recent study shows that members of the public are still largely uncomfortable with the courts in the country.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th Sep 15
With the General Election around the corner, most of the 22 registered political parties have now started campaigns to lure voters in picking their candidates. It is heartening to note that most of the parties pull crowds of anxious people whenever they hold their political rallies.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Sep 15
By all indications, some politicians are on a noxious mission to tear apart our beloved nation to pieces in their quest to garner votes. These politicians have embarked on dirty campaign tricks, using churches and mosques as springboards from which to woo voters – ahead of the October 25 General Election.
THE GUARDIAN | 8th Sep 15
The Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) has once again been forced to close down two abattoirs this time in Kahama District. What is more appalling this time around is that the abattoirs are operated by local government authorities (LGA).
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Sep 15
After fighting hard enough on home soil to contain visiting Nigeria’s national soccer team (Super Eagles) on Saturday, Taifa Stars must step up performance and post wins in forthcoming African Nations Cup qualifiers.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 6th Sep 15
President Jakaya Kikwete on Friday officiated at an African Open Data Conference organized by the World Bank, where Tanzania joins other African countries moving to put on public accessibility official data that is often locked in agency references.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Sep 15
Once again Tanzanian voters are witnessing presidential candidates criss-crossing the country canvassing for votes in what observers believe will be an even contest between two major opposing political forces.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Sep 15
Recent alerts by the Tanzania Meteorological Agency that about the likelihood of extra-heavy rains pounding most parts of the country from any time this month through December are serious business and must be heeded.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Sep 15
The Cybercrime Bill President Jakaya Kikwete assented to in April came into effect on Tuesday. Our life today depends on information technology (infotech). From communication, transport, finance and banking, to energy and education, the importance of infotech cannot be overemphasized.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Sep 15
A residential house is among three necessities for a human being to lead a decent life. As a matter of fact, for students graduating from educational institutions it is the second priority after landing a job.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st Sep 15
At the speed we are going, almost 2 million people will die every year from preventable road accidents by 2020, warns the United Nations. Half way down the road and the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011–2020) that was officially proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in March 2010 yet in Tanzania; “road crashes are one of the top five causes of death for children and young people and the number one killer of young men in their twenties,’ reported the Road Safety Roundtable held in Dar es Salaam, September 2013.
THE GUARDIAN | 31st Aug 15
While Mainland Tanzania’s premier soccer league is just about to kick off, newly re-promoted Toto Africa Football Club is swimming in turbulent waters. Toto, which struggled to regain top flight status after two seasons in the First Division League (FDL), looks completely out of shape and unable to prepare for the premiership.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 30th Aug 15
Disqueting reports of all kinds have surfaced over the past few weeks on what is happening in various areas in relation to the biometric voter registration (BVR) cards. There are claims that BVR cards are being held by a certain number of unqualified people whom the various authorities were putting at several thousand, but it is uncertain if the number is realistic.
THE GUARDIAN | 29th Aug 15
The Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance yesterday came out strongly to remind leaders of political parties, contestants and their followers against the use of hate speech and abusive language during this election campaign period.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Aug 15
The disclosure by the UN Tanzania 2014 Human Development Report that Tanzania ranks 159 among 187 countries in the human development index, gives us a clearer understanding that the economic development we are so proud of, has not benefitted the people at all.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Aug 15
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women. In doing so, UN member states took an historic step in accelerating the organisation’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Aug 15
Benjamin William Mkapa, Tanzania’s President for ten years until his tenure ended in late 2005, is making headlines yet again. But this time it isn’t owing to the controversial mining contracts he hastily signed while in office – giving everything to foreign investors, while leaving the country with nothing but empty holes.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Aug 15
Tanzania is reputed for being among African countries that have many cattle, and yet it is not using this important wealth to its full. For, traditionally, cattle keepers in Tanzania have only regarded the animals as a sign of wealth and respect in communities.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Aug 15
The All Africa Games are here again and Tanzania’s contingent of 40 athletes is ready to jet off to the Republic of Congo capital Brazzaville, where the event will be staged. While the rest of us will be at home following the Games on television, the athletes should bear in mind that our biggest interest is for them to bring back medals.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 23rd Aug 15
The warm up is over and the real race has just begun. I mean the race to IKULU, the State House. Unlike in athletics such as 100 metres dash, or marathon, or decathlon where individual prowess matters most, in politics individual charisma and team work share equal prominence.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Aug 15
The whistle for election campaigns goes off today in the country, signaling the start of the presidential, parliamentary and councillors’ campaigns. Information from political parties states that CCM will kickstart the marathon campaigns tomorrow at Jangwani grounds while Chadema whose’s candidate is supported by four opposition parties under the umbrella of Coalition of People’s Constitution commonly referred to in Kiswahili as Ukawa are searching for a proper venue after their request to use the National Stadium today was turned down by the government.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Aug 15
That education is vital to the development of Tanzania is as clear as night follows day. This is why the government and parents give prominence to educating children because they are tomorrow’s leaders.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Aug 15
Tanzania’s development endeavours have won the country’s recognition. This is so because the government has demonstrated unswerving commitment to bringing forces to the path of development.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Aug 15
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, according to a famous English saying that is mostly applied in the choice of a spouse to get married to or be friends with. In the Tanzanian context, there are some tribes that give prominence to light complexion of a bride while for some this does not matter at all.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Aug 15
There is still a lingering perception that cancer and other non-communicable are exclusively for the rich, this myth no longer holds water as we are witnessing more and more cases across all income groups.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Aug 15
Vodacom Tanzania has increased sponsorship package for the Mainland soccer premiership by a hefty 40 per cent, as it signed a new three-year deal with the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) last week.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 16th Aug 15
This week the European Commission envoy in the country, Ambassador Filiberto Ceriani Sebregondi who is also the chairman of the Budget Support Committee grouping various development partners offered his comments to this newspaper with regard to the coming general elections.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th Aug 15
For any person familiar with the scanning procedures of luggage or cargo at the Julius Nyerere International Airport or lets say any other airport whose operations are up to standard may question how 262 kilogrammes of ivory can pass through the scanners undetected.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Aug 15
We have received with pleasure reports that at Bumbuli in Lushoto District, Tanga Region, students in at least 67 out of 93 primary schools are served with free lunch. The constituency’s Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister for Communication Science and Technology, January Makamba says the target is to enable all school children get afternoon meals.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Aug 15
A child born when the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in 1999 would today be a sixteen year old teenager targeted by the very resolution that was passed.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Aug 15
Agriculture, as we all know, is the mainstay of Tanzania in that it is the source of employment for over 80 per cent of its people. However, it has not been doing well over the past few years for a number of reasons.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Aug 15
The Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) has developed new guidelines to govern importation and exportation of cosmetic products as the nation is cited an import dumping ground.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 9th Aug 15
Finally, the much awaited Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) is born. As far as we are concerned, the Bank has come to give meaning to the assertion that Agriculture is the back-bone of the country’ economic growth; it has come to give meaning to the ‘Kilimo Kwanza’ slogan.
THE GUARDIAN | 8th Aug 15
August 6, 2015 has entered the books of records of the country’s politics after Civic United Front (CUF) National Chairman Prof. Ibrahim Lipumba unexpectedly resigned from the post but promising to remain an ordinary party member.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Aug 15
New revelations have it that an acute shortage of teachers has hit hard the newly established districts to the extent that half of the public schools have not filled their teaching positions, putting administrators in an awkward situation.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th Aug 15
Statistics from the ministry of home affairs had showed that over 3,534 people have perished in road accidents in the country this year. President Jakaya Kikwete on Monday launched the National Road Safety Week held at the national level in Tanga .
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Aug 15
Tanzania boasts the biggest number of cattle in the East Africa Community (EAC) region. Sadly despite the endowment, the country produces the least amount of dairy products and especially milk.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Aug 15
When Florence Nightingale founded the nursing profession, little did she know that it would extend to the whole world like bushfire. The celebrated English social reformer and statistician, who is the founder of modern nursing came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses trained by her during the Crimean War.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Aug 15
The Tanzania Football Federation has every reason to ensure the national soccer team, Taifa Stars, is all ready for their crunch match against visiting Nigeria on the second day of the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers to be played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam early next month.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 2nd Aug 15
Hypertension is gripping a large number of Tanzanians, especially those who call themselves politicians as this year’s General Elections are already knocking on our doors. In fact it is exactly three months away even though the process began a few months back during intra-party nominations.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st Aug 15
Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise which began slowly on February 23 this year throughout the country creating a lot of controversy in its wake is about to be concluded. According to figures released by the National Electoral Commission (NEC), some 18.
THE GUARDIAN | 31st Jul 15
We are really delighted to learn that the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) has formed a special unit to deal with cases of persons who have properties or goods unlawfully acquired.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Jul 15
Tanzania’s Big Results Now (BRN) initiative for 2016 aims to phase out high cost emergency power plants increase generation capacity to reform the public utility’s operations, and meet new demand through low-cost solutions, such as developing new gas resources and mini and off-grid renewable opportunities.
THE GUARDIAN | 29th Jul 15
Peace, for any country, especially those in the so-called developing world, is paramount to development and people’s welfare. For, it is a fact that without peace they cannot achieve any meaningful development.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Jul 15
Corruption has many faces, each uglier than the other, and in Tanzania, it has become so pervasive that it is expected with a handshake in most public offices. That be the case, researchers warn that ‘corruption — the misuse of an office for private gain—leads to the needless inflation of employee ranks and thus greater operational inefficiency.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Jul 15
The ultramodern Chinese-built National Stadium, a landmark structure based in Dar es Salaam, was inaugurated in 2009 by then Chinese President Hu Jintao but came into use over a year earlier.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 26th Jul 15
United States President Barack Obama finally arrived in the land of his father, Kenya, as Head of State, having been there as youth of 28 years of age late 1980s before enrolling for his important law studies at Harvard University, which prepared him for his career as an advocate and visionary leader.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Jul 15
It is four days today since Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) began in Dar es Salaam Region and things are not looking any brighter. In fact the situation is getting gloomier day by day despite promises of improvement from the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and regional authorities.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Jul 15
At long last the government has finalised the policy on Workers Compensation Fund which was revealed by the minister for labour and employment Gaudensia Kabaka while tabling ministry’s 2014-2015 budget estimates.
NIPASHE | 23rd Jul 15
Kazi ya kuandikisha wapigakura katika Daftari la Kudumu la Wapigakura katika mkoa wa Dar es Salaam ilianza rasmi jana kwa mfumo wa tekinolojia ya utambuzi wa alama za mwili (Biometric Voters Registration -BVR).
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd Jul 15
Many scholars described gender as a set of characteristics, roles and behaviour patterns that distinguish women from men socially and culturally and relations of power between them.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Jul 15
anzania has made tremendous headway in many sectors since independence in 1961, but it seems that the quality and standard of some of the projects leaves much to be desired.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Jul 15
The long queues that have been characteristic of the Biometric voter registration (BVR) are to be spotted across Dar es Salaam effectively tomorrow. After giving room for the Eid celebrations, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced on Monday that the BVR for Dar es Salaam will start tomorrow and cover the entire commercial port city.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Jul 15
Tanzania performed poorly in all manner of games at international platform in recent years. God forbid that things will be as bad in the tournament next in line – the biennial All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville next month! This is an appeal to all those athletes who will be bearing our national flag at the event to make sure they have an impression on the Games.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Jul 15
Tanzanians are this October expecting to go to the polls to elect the fifth Head of State, Members of Parliament and ward councilors in the fifth multiparty general elections.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Jul 15
Last Sunday entered the country’s books of records, particularly those kept by the Police after unidentified armed bandits stormed Stakishari Police Station in Dar es Salaam Region, killing seven people, including four police officers.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Jul 15
‘A new broom sweeps clean’ is an adage that could apply to CCM’s newly-elected presidential nominee, Dr John Pombe Magufuli. In his first public address on Tuesday at the Mbagala Zakheem grounds in Temeke, Dar es Salaam, he proved that the sages who concocted this adage were indeed wise.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Jul 15
The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) convening in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is one leg of the route that global leaders have charted toward a new international consensus to change the world we live in and to eliminate extreme poverty and hunger.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th Jul 15
In Tanzania today it is common to hear about some agricultural products like maize, vegetables or fruits rotting for lack of markets. This has been common in areas such as the southern highlands comprising Mbeya, Iringa, Rukwa and Ruvuma.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Jul 15
The irony of a lack of security at police posts and stations in the country is unfortunately no news, not after half a dozen posts being attacked this year alone. What is especially deplorable about this situation is not the recurrence of attacks but rather the unchecked poor security that police field for themselves.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Jul 15
At last, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has picked its flag-bearer for the Presidential Election to be held on October 25. Works minister Dr John Pombe Magufuli was elected from among over 30 aspirants.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 12th Jul 15
Never has Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) presidential nomination process been so controversial as it is this year since the re-introduction of the multi-party democracy in Tanzania. Certainly, all is not well in the ruling political party; which is why some people are already asking whether it is, indeed, the beginning of the end of the oldest political party that has ruled the country for fifty years plus.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Jul 15
About two weeks ago Prof Kitila Mkumbo, an expert in Psychology and Learning from the University of Dar es Salaam, wrote a piece in The Guardian on Sunday, raising his concern on the manner in which the public and the media in general are treating CCM presidential candidate nomination politics.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th Jul 15
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Bill 2015 was yesterday endorsed in National Assembly albeit without teachers’ great demand. The intention of bill was obviously relevant.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Jul 15
CCM Members of Parliament had bitter words for National Assembly Deputy Speaker Job Ndugai yesterday when the Teachers Services Commission Act 2015 was tabled. The MPs went as far as threatening to disrupt President Jakaya Kikwete’s final address before he dissolves Parliament today afternoon unless they are paid their gravity.
THE GUARDIAN | 8th Jul 15
Let's face it: the youth offer the greatest promise for Tanzania. They are the largest in number. They are most certainly future and promise of Tanzania if they are well taken care of.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Jul 15
Customarily, when the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) impounds imported substandard goods snack into the country by unscrupulous traders, the standards body destroys the illegal products.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th Jul 15
It's unfortunate that our national soccer team, Taifa Stars, has been bundled out of the CHAN – the continental qualifiers for domestic-based players. Yes, the elimination is not as brutal as expected basing on the fact that Stars successfully ended a five-match losing streak after pulling a one-all draw away in Uganda – but no loss is ever really honourable.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 5th Jul 15
One standard definition of democracy is that it is a system which leads to the greatest happiness of the greatest number, which presumes that social and political cleavages will be there, but the ‘greatest number’ will have been heard, and were in a position to contribute to a decision.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Jul 15
The National Assembly this week lost its credibility in the eyes of the general public when honourable Members of Parliament turned the august debating chamber into sort of a circus for no plausible reason as far as we are concerned.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Jul 15
The “wind of change” that has swept through our national soccer team’s technical bench with the preference for Tanzanian trainers to foreign ones can make immense sense – if backed with greater diligence and a truly fighting spirit.