Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – The Tanzania Private Sector Foundation has once again called on the government to set guidelines for Public Private Partnership and clear identification on nature of partnerships indicative of operational, managerial and financial obligations.
The statement came from TPSF Chief, Mr. Godfrey Simbeye at a validation workshop during the submission of the preliminary feasibility study for establishment of Food processing industrial parks. The event hosted by the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) with Permanent Secretary Ministry of Industries and Trade Professor Adolf Mkenda in attendance.
“The government needs to set guidelines for Public Private Partnership (PPP), more so on the modality of engagements with Local governments”, Simbeye said.
On his part and on behalf of the government of U.R.T Prof. Mkenda applauded efforts by the Tanzania Food Processors Association (TAFOPA) for commissioning such a study into the feasibility of industrial parks as a means of empowering Food Processors, who in most part are women.
” The Food Processing industry is predominantly comprised of women and for most part production is done in back yards of residences”. Adding ” These practices cause small and micro food processors to be labeled as informal missing out on opportunities for growth and expansion”.
The Feasibility study was commissioned by TAFOPA with support from TradeMark East Africa. The study also revealed that the industry had massive potential. The demand for processed and quality fresh food is on the rise, especially due to the recent rise in the middle class across the country. It is estimated that Tanzania imports $50 million worth of processed food a year.
TradeMark East Africa Country Director John Ulanga in his opening remarks commended TAFOPA for setting the pace towards industrialization.
“Although this study was commissioned by TAFOPA the modal is applicable across many industries, the establishment of an industrial park is daunting task necessitating the need of heavy investment by investors”.
“All these are opportunities for Food Processors, Investors, Banks, MSMEs, and anyone seeking to add value to their to their produce” he told participants.
As the study enters its second phase it’s expected to carry with it comments from participants and stake holders from the workshop. The consult Global AgriSystem from India, has vast experience in conducting similar studies in India and Nigeria. Buy in from Stakeholders could set the framework for the establishment of industrial parks in Tanzania