The latest WB doing business report ranks Tanzania at position 132 down from 139 post it was ranked in the year 2016.
Early this year the Prime Minister’s office organized a half day stakeholders’ consultative meeting aiming to discuss key issues making the country rank poorly in the World Bank Doing Business Reports.
During the meeting which was held at Julius Nyerere International Convention centre it was revealed that different government institutions had made several reforms to improve provision of services.
The Permanent Secretary in Prime Minister’s Office (Policy), Dr Hamis Mwinyimvua revealed that by having good business environment will not only attract more investors both local and international but also improve the country’s rankings in the WB doing Business Report.
Among the key hindrances to improving the rankings -according to Dr Mwinyimvua, is a mismatch between the government and the Private Sector.
“While the government is making a number of reforms and improvements, the Private Sector is unaware of what is happening. As a result when WB is conducting the research the interviewed people lacks important up to date information to reveal.”
Example among the reforms done so far includes reduction of road blocks from Dar es Salaam to Rusumo from 50 to three. The country is also finalizing construction of One Stop Boarder Posts to all Boarders to simply documentation, but majority of the Private Sector are unaware.
He said that in the past few years procedures of starting a business took several weeks but currently reforms have been done and business registration procedure takes only a single day.
Tanzania Private Sector Foundation Executive Director Godfrey Simbeye said that without having a good Business Environment the country will never reach the two digits target in the rankings and it will never be a donor country as envisioned by President John Magufuli.
He also suggested that the Business environment improvement issue be left under locals. Donors should be guided to follow the existing local plans; they should not come with their own plans.