Samia confers with local Chinese business lobby

22Apr 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dodoma
The Guardian
Samia confers with local Chinese business lobby
  • 800 Chinese firms wish to invest

​​​​​​​PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan yesterday met leaders of the Chinese Business Chamber of Tanzania (CBCT), assuring the chamber that the government is working to improve ease of doing business in the country.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan (C ) talks with a delegation of the Chinese Business Chamber of Tanzania led by Janson Huang (2nd R) at the State House in Dodoma yesterday. Photo: State House

The president pledged that all the challenges hampering investments in the country will be worked upon accordingly, along with taking precautions against infections of the respiratory disease—Covid-19.

Early this month, the president said she was going to form a team of experts to evaluate the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country and advise the government on the best way forward.

She pointed out that challenges hampering investment efforts in the country include difficulties in accessing work permits, tax administration, delays in project payments and other bureaucratic impediments.

“The government is working to address emerging challenges for locally produced goods in local and export markets,” she affirmed.

CBCT chairman Janson Huang, leader of the delegation, assured President Samia that the Chinese business community is ready to work with the sixth phase government towards stimulating economic growth and uplifting the welfare of Tanzanians.

Huang said that over 800 Chinese firms have shown interest in investing and introducing projects in Tanzania.

He also outlined areas where Chinese companies wish to invest, citing assembling of mobile phones, production of human medicine, automobile assembling and establishment of industrial parks.

The chamber also envisages enabling Tanzanians to acquire skills through an education program that will provide opportunities for Tanzanians to study in Tanzanian and Chinese universities, he declared.

While in China Tanzanian students would pursue engineering and tourism courses to be funded by the Chinese government through the chamber, he stated.

The Chinese delegation also bemoaned the late President John Pombe Magufuli, congratulating President Samia for the smooth transfer of power after Magufuli died at Mzena hospital in Dar es Salaam on March 17 from due to heart failure.

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