AT LEAST 393 industrial projects worth $2,362.59billion, equivalent to 5.198 trillion/- have been registered in the country by March this, Minister for Industries, Trade and Investment, Charles Mwijage told the National Assembly yesterday.
He said the projects expected to create 38,862 jobs and currently at different stages of implementation are the brainchild of the fifth government.
Tabling the 2017/18 ministerial budget estimates the minister noted that the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) has registered 224 projects while the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) registered 41 projects as the Business Registration and Licensing Agency (BRELA) registered 128 projects.
He also noted that the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) coordinated establishment of 1,843 industrial projects during the same period.
The minister requested the House to approve Sh 122,215,109,750 whereby Sh 42,024,732,750 is for recurrent expenditure while 80,190,377,000/- is for development.
“These are some of the few achievements of the fifth government in its push for the industrial economy aimed at moving the country to another level, becoming middle income country,” said the minister.
He told the House that among the industries established in the less than two years by the government included those that produced steel and other products.
The minister said there are currently 22 steel industries that had increased products from 62,612 tonnes in 2015 to 65,686 tonnes in 2016.
He also cited the development in the cement production, saying the country had a total of 11 factories with production of 10.8 million tonnes per year while the actual demand for the product is 4.8 million tonnes per year.
“The highest production level in the country has always been 7.1 million tonnes per year,” he noted, adding the additional amount has been produced by the Mtwara based, Dangote Cement which had the capacity to produce 3.1 million tonnes per year which had created 1,150 jobs.
Expansion of the Tanga Cement Company, he said saw the company increased productivity from 750,000 tonnes to 1,250,000 tonnes per year while expansion at the Mbeya Cement Company Limited has made the company increase production from 400,000 tonnes to 710,000 and 1,100,000 tonnes per year.
According to the minister, the increased production of cement by all the companies had led to increased employment opportunities from 1,185 to 3,167 in the country.
Meanwhile, the minister told the lawmakers that the Treasury Registrar in collaboration with regional authorities conducted investigations into some 30 allegedly defunct factories in the country and realised that 18 were doing well, three were not fully operational while nine had been closed.
He said the latest investigations bring the number of factories that were privatized, but recently considered for revamping to 110 in the 2015/16 and 2016/17.
Mwijage told the House that in 2016/17, the ministry conducted a study on how to revive the Arusha based General Tyres and realised that for it to operate, the old machine, fixed in the 1960s must be replaced by a modern one.
Secondly, he noted that there is need to have machines with latest technology that would see the company operate efficiently and help save the environment. The factory should also be expanded to increase productivity and that the factory to be run by the private sector.