Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Industry and Trade, Professor Joseph Buchweishaija however commended Kahama district authorities for putting in place an enabling environment for industrialization through special economic zones and export processing zones.
“Kahama District Council in Shinyanga Region has become a good example in implementing the government’s industrialisation quest through establishment of theses economic zones,” Prof Buchweishaija said in a speech to open a two-day training for delegates from Shinyanga region hosted by Export Processing Zones Authority in Dar es Salaam earlier this week.
He said the government has already directed district councils across the country to put in place enabling environment to attract industrial investments that are crucial in enhancing rapid economic growth required for the country to graduate to middle income status by 2015.
The Industry and Trade PS acknowledged that due to budget constraints, paying land compensations by EPZA for industrial parks in the country is impossible hence officials should emulate Kahama District which has overcome the challenge by providing free land to investors.
Briefing the Prof Buchweishaija, Shinyanga Regional Commissioner, Zainab Telack said Kahama District has set aside 500 acres of land for industrial development through SEZs and EPZs.
“I must thank Ministry of Industry and Trade Ministry as well as EPZA for your readiness to support our ambition to industrialise through establishment of special economic zones,” Telack said adding that serious investors will only have to pay for a title deed.
She added that through the two-day training, officials from Kahama were expected to learn and acquire knowledge in EPZ and SEZ investment vehicles hence use the same to lure more investors to establish industries.
Speaking at the same forum, EPZA Director General, Joseph Simbakalia said Kahama District Council is ready to industrialise and that other councils across the country should borrow a leaf from the gold rich district.
“Having a land bank is an important component in attracting investors that most of the councils have failed to implement but Kahama has gone a step ahead on this successfully,” Simbakalia said while commending Kahama authorities as being exemplary in implementing the government’s industrialisation agenda.
Kahama District Executive Director, Anderson Msumba said Kahama Oil Mill Group of companies have already set up eight industries within the 500 acres, with some already operating and others at advanced stage of development.
“We also have five other investors licensed by Tanzania Investment Centre who are putting up industries within the land bank,” Msumba said while stressing that the area for industrial, investment has almost all necessary infrastructure in place.