Azania Post/ Agencies
In the wake of declining trade with Tanzania Mainland, Zanzibar is working on a review of its 2006 business policy to create a better environment, it has been revealed.
Presenting the Isles 2019/2020 budget estimates, Trade and Industry Minister, Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, said the exercise was being undertaken with the collaboration of Trade Mark East Africa. A draft report is expected to be out later this year.
Blaming it all on non-tariff barriers, she said the Mainland-Zanzibar trade volume during the year dropped to 24.29bn/- from 33.66bn/- during the previous one. She revealed that this trend has been running since 2015 particularly in respect of the number of vehicles and industrial goods.
She said Zanzibar traders have, on the whole, been finding it difficult to secure permits from the Mainland referring to research findings about the duplicity of regulatory agencies on either side of the Union like the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) and Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) on the Mainland and Zanzibar Food and Drugs Authority (ZFDA) and the Zanzibar Bureau of Standards (ZBS).
The minister classified foods, electronic gadgets, drugs and drinks manufactured in Zanzibar as the commodities which have been mostly hit.