The government has finalised formulation of an integrated Industrial Development Strategy (IIDS) which was validated by stakeholders in June 2010 in order to facilitate implementation of the Sustainable Industrial Development Policy (SIDP).
This was said yesterday in Dar es Salaam by Ministry of Industry and Trade Permanent Secretary Joyce Mapunjo at a consultative workshop on the IIDS master plan.
“The development mission of the Tanzania industrial sector articulated in the SIP is to contribute towards the overall national long-term development goals and to enhance sustainable industrial development,” she said.
She stated that the role of government in this regard is to formulate policies and strategies and to provide a conducive environment for the implementation of the same.
Mapunjo added that on the other hand, the private sector is the main actor in building a competitive and sustainable industrial sector while development partners and other non-state actors’ contribution is equally important in the realization of the SIDP objectives.
Moreover, she said critical elements of the integrated industrial development strategy and master plan include outlined challenges and requirements of the industrial sector development in the country in a comprehensive approach with a view to establishing linkages between the industrial sector and other sectors of the economy by looking at the entire supply chain.
According to her, the master plan foresees improvement in the co-ordination of all stakeholders involved directly in the industrial sector, with enhanced linkages to those sectors which support industrial development for sustainable economic growth.
“The strategy is a cross-sector and multi-stakeholder strategy that identifies industrial sector-related policies, strategies, investment programmes and activities necessary for ensuring nationwide industrial growth,” she noted.
Elaborating, she said the action plan has identified strategic sectoral priorities and outlined the sequencing of interventions in the short term, medium and long term.
This endeavour requires participation of all stakeholders to collaborate to make it a success, she said.
So far a total of 50 actionable projects have been identified to enable implementation of the strategy.
For her part, Director of Industrial Development Elien Sikazwe said as IIDS 2025 aims to accelerate the growth of the manufacturing sector through concentrated infrastructure investment and cluster formation, resource-based industrialization and pragmatic institutional intervention and to make the sector play the locomotive role for achieving the goal of Vision 2025 to transform the country from a least developed one to a middle income semi-industrial one.