Prepared by the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) with support from the Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (Engine) and the Local Investment Climate (LIC) project, the guidelines are meant to strengthen the relationship between the government and the private sector.
Jenista Mhagama, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office responsible for Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled speaking shortly before launching the guidelines yesterday said, “these guidelines will enable both parties involved to have productive deliberations.”
The guidelines according to the minister were adopted to complement the private sector support to the government’s development vision and the race to an industrial powered economy. “The private sector is an engine to the government’s economic growth efforts,” she said.
“We have every reason to provide friendly—environment to ensure the private sector flourish.”
Although the TNBC was established in 2001, the regional and district councils come to effect in 2005 and 2008 respectively. TNBC National chairman, President John Magufuli held a meeting with representatives of the business community in June last year directing the councils to be strengthened across the country.
Minister of State in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments) Suleiman Jafo said out of 26 regions in the Tanzania Mainland, only 16 regions had substantive and active councils while a dozen districts had neither held or organized such councils.
The minister was quick to defend that lack of guidelines by then ought to be a major reason for inactive councils across the country.
He offered three months to every region to submit a report on the progress of the implementation of councils across the region and district levels.
Dr Godwill Wanga, the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Tanzania National Business Council told delegates here that the councils were not clearly organised and therefore failing to meet their intended goals of unearthing and forming part of a solution to address challenges facing businesses and investments in the community.
“The new guidelines provide formality, procedures and requirements to be followed for an effective council. These guidelines also offer condition for financial support of each council,” he said. Technically the public and private sector are to share the cost of organizing the council meetings at district and regional level.
Rehema Mbugi a representative from the private sector and Dr Binilith Mahenge, Chairman of the Dodoma Regional National Business Council acknowledged the importance of the councils in building up the country’s economy.
Mbugi attributed the private sector’s commitment towards facilitating the council meetings but cautioned that the business and investors would need fully enforcement from the government on key issues suggested during the council meeting.