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TPSF urges govt to set up special court to handle corruption cases

18th February 2013
TPSF Executive Director, Godfrey Simbeye

Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) has recommended the government to establish a special court that will be dealing with corruption cases to improve functioning of the private sector in Tanzania.

The proposal is one among recommendations made during a meeting that involved senior members of business associations in the country that took place in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.

The associations met under their umbrella organisation, TPSF to discuss and recommend to the government with a view of improving their services and businesses.

The TPSF Executive Director, Godfrey Simbeye said that dealing with corruption cases under the current system causes delays hence seriously affecting businesses.

He said that the government should think of the proposal and take a leaf from Kenya and Uganda who have such courts while Nigeria is in the process to do so.

Over ten business associations including VIBINDO, Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT), Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFT) and Tanzania Association of Oil Marketing Companies took part in the one day meeting.

“Recommendations made by leaders of these associations will be forwarded to the government for further actions,” Simbeye said.

He said that other recommendations include deducting and scrapping off some taxes so that they conform to the level and type of businesses they do as well as reviewing policies and laws that hinder development of businesses for the benefit of the country’s economy and increase employment.

According to Simbeye, the meeting also recommended reintroduction of mandatory National Service run by JKT for youth following the dwindling of good ethical conducts something that causes loses to companies that employ youth.

He said that TPSF believes that if youth pass through National Service, it will help improve good conducts adding that the private sector is ready to contribute in running it should there be the best system and a curricular that will involve all youths.

For his part, a Senior APHFT Finance Officer, Maro Kohi said the recommendations made during the meeting should be taken seriously for the development of the country.

“APHFT members request the government to reduce skills development levy which is currently at six per cent, secondary levy at 30 per cent and corporate tax at 30 per cent so that we can improve our services,” he said.

The recent years have seen private sector significantly play a crucial role in the development of the country.



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