Tanzania’s inflation rate decreased to a two and a half year low at 6.1% in September, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The NBS reported the decline (down from 6.7% in August) was supported by all four measures of the inflation index: energy, non-energy, food, and non-food.
The annual inflation rate for energy and fuel alone has decreased from 15.2% in August to 9.6% in September.
Annual inflation excluding food and energy also decreased; from 6.2% to 5.8% in the same time period.
The annual cost of housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuel decreased from 14.3 % in August to 9.6% in September.
The cost of clothing, footwear, hotels, and restaurants also decreased in this time period.
Dr Honest Ngowi, Senior Lecturer at Mzumbe University’s Business School, said these figures show the Tanzanian economy is moving in the right direction, and that now is the time we should begin to see banks’ interest rates going down, and Foreign Direct Investments moving up.