PERMANENT Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office,(Policy and Coordination), Prof Faustin Kamuzora yesterday affirmed government’s commitment to creating an environment that is friendly to doing business and attractive to investors. He said all efforts will be made to achieve that goal.
In a press briefing here after the first meeting of the TNB’s Business Environment Working Group, Prof Kamuzora, who chairs the committee, assured the public that the group will work very hard and leave no stone unturned in looking for solutions to problems and challenges that stand in the way of doing efficient business and that undermine investment efforts. Group members are highly competent personalities, he assured.
“Civil service performance, policy and legislation challenges are reasons that have made it very difficult for people who want to start business or invest in this country.
“This committee is going to study critically all these irritants and recommend their eradication so that they become history in this country,” the PS said, confidently adding that this national obligation cannot be evaded.
The committee, formed by the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) and drawing members from public and private sectors, is tasked to ensure Tanzania has an environment that is friendly to doing business and investment in order to reduce unemployment, promote growth and spur national development, the PS said.
The Tanzania Investment Centre Director General, Geofrey Mwambe, said he was optimistic the committee’s work would result in positive results for doing business and attracting local and foreign investments so that Tanzania become a middle-income nation by 2025.
He added: “Investment environment has been complex because of various laws and conflicting goals or interests of some institutions.”
The acting TNBC executive secretary, Oliva Vegula, urged the committee to review irritants highlighted in the past TNBC meetings and consider recommendations made by those meetings. “We expect members from the two sectors to recommend ways of doing efficient businesses so that we can make envisaged strides.”
The TNBC formed five working groups that were recently chaired by the Chief Secretary, ambassador John Kijazi.