Multi-sector taskforce set to spur ease of doing business

02Sep 2019
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Multi-sector taskforce set to spur ease of doing business

THE government is to establish a multi-sector taskforce to address new businesses challenges and facilitate the ease of doing business in the country.

Minister for Trade and Industry Innocent Bashungwa.

Minister for Trade and Industry Innocent Bashungwa revealed this over the weekend at a breakfast meeting organized by the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI).

The taskforce will be dealing with handling on-the-spot challenges as well as offer advice on various issues related to doing business in the country.

The taskforce according to the minister will include officials from key institutions involved in day to day facilitation of ease of doing business namely the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and umbrella bodies of the private sector such as CTI and the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF).

“Our aim is create strong operational systems which will help us reach the goal of industrialization we are pursuing, and specifically for government institutions we want to see them facilitating business rather than frustrating it,” he said.

During the meeting, participants lamented the presence of counterfeit goods in the market which hurts competition, insisting on the need for immediate solutions.

CTI First Vice President Paul Makanza said the manufacturing sector was ready to work with the government in combating counterfeits as they have a massive impact on business. This shall also help to ensure the dream of making Tanzania an industrialized economy becomes a reality, he said.

The manufacturing sector which contributes about 8.1-percent of the GDP, is growing at a rate of 8.3percent and is major target of the campaign for ease of doing business in the country, he said.

Manufacturing sector stakeholders are satisfied with reforms made by the government to enhance ease of doing business as recommended in the blueprint, he said.

He emphasized that CTI was more than ready to work with the government to ensure there was a conducive environment for doing business.

The TRA Taxpayer Education director Richard Kayombo said that the days of availability of counterfeit goods in the market are numbered following the rolling out of Electronic Tax Stamps (ETS) phase two. This will come with a special feature to identify fake and genuine goods via a barcode.

Rolling out ETS was aimed at controlling counterfeits, and phase two of the program was a shot in the arm for the wider campaign.

Speaking on the sidelines of the breakfast meeting, Kayombo said the plan is to come up with a system in which the consumer  obtains details of a product even through a mobile phone.

“The issue of counterfeit is not only a challenge to businesses but to the government as well as it loses millions of shillings in taxes, and as result fails to implement key development projects,” Kayombo said.

The first phase of ETS system on wines, spirits and cigarettes started in earlier in January. The system was fully rolled out for all alcoholic drinks, cigarettes and bottled water on June 15.