Minister stresses importance of maintaining business councils

02Jan 2019
By Financial Times Reporter
Kigoma
Financial Times
Minister stresses importance of maintaining business councils
  • *at grassroots level*

ONLY 11 regions in Tanzania have managed to successfully maintain regional business councils which were established across the country.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliament, Employment, Youth and the Disabled), Jenista Mhagama

This was revealed recently by the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliament, Employment, Youth and the Disabled), Jenista Mhagama (pictured), while on tour in Kigoma Region. She named the 11 regions as Dodoma, Kigoma, Tanga, Geita, Morogoro, Shinyanga, Dar es Salaam, Pwani, Iringa, Songwe,and Mbeya.

Mhagama warned that regions whose business councils have not been functioning are acting against presidential circular number 1 of 2001,which calls for the establishment and sustainability of these councils.

She stressed that the councilsremain crucial to ensuring that business prospers at local levels.

The minister said both regional and district business councils were meant to be vehicles to set upfunctional systemsfor government and private sector to
discuss issues pertaining to the improvement of the business and investment environment at the targeted levels.

“We cannot continue having President Magufuli chairing the National Business Council, but without a similar arrangement at regional and district levels. These (regional and district) councils must meet regularly to find solutions to challenges facing businessmen and investors at local levels,” she said.

She said the councils should also be used as vehicles to promote trade opportunities available in all localities.

The Kigoma Regional Commissioner, retired Brigadier General Emmanuel Maganga, said a project to improve the business and investment climate has enabled the region to improve the consultations system between government and private sector through the regional and district business councils.

The coordinator of the project, Andrew Mhina, said in collaboration with the National Business Council, they have already prepared a directory to guide these consultations.

He said the aim was to strengthen the regional and district councils and enable them to discharge their responsibilities judiciously.

The National Business Council was established in 2001 to serve as a meeting point between the government and private sector to discuss ways of improving the business and investment environment in the country.