TPSF executive director Godfrey Simbeye revealed this yesterday in Dar es Salaam that business people have for a long time been expressing their concerns saying that bureaucracy was still high in some government agencies something that thwarts investment efforts.
He was speaking in the sidelines of a meeting that brought together members from various private entities to discuss challenges facing the sector and how to strengthen dialogues with the government towards improving business environment in the country.
“We have commenced a study on bureaucracy and its effects, we expect by the end of February we will finalise the study and then see how we can all together with the government sit and work on addressing the challenges,” he said.
He however, said that President John Magufuli has done a great role in fighting corruption and bureaucracy but there some people who let him down.
He also lauded top government officials including ministers who were committed in supporting investors and improving the business environment but few people in lower bodies were not backing the efforts.
Simbeye also called upon the government to speed up the preparation process of the country’s industrialisation guidelines to stimulate industrialisation and enable the nation to become middle income country by 2025.
“We are appealing to the government to start the implementation of blue print on regulatory and licensing reform to enable nuisance laws and polices be reviewed for the betterment of the country,” he added.
Simbeye said that: “In the today’s meeting we expect to come up with a strong framework that will be submitted to the government to ensure all the recommendations that come from dialogues between private and public sectors given top priority in the implementation process,” he said.
According to him, despite a number of public-private dialogues conducted so far, the government has been responding slowly on various challenges raised by the private sector.
“Tanzania is ranked 137 among 190 economies in the ease of doing business, according to the latest World Bank annual ratings. The rank of Tanzania deteriorated to 137 in 2017 from 132 in 2016. So we need to strengthen efforts to ensure that we collaboratively work to ensure the environments are improved,” he noted.
For his part, the executive director of the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) Aggrey Mlimuka said that private sector has to join hands and have one voice when presenting their concerns to the government.
“We have to ensure that every dialogue we conduct with the government bears good results for the betterment of doing businesses and the county’s development as a whole,” he said.