By Azania Post Reporter
TANZANIA has said that issuance of provisional permits by NEMC aimed at helping investors to avoid unnecessary bureaucracies in initial investment procedures.
Already, National Environment Management Council (NEMC) has announced to start issuing provisional permits in three-day period in an ambitious drive to attract investments.
According to NEMC acting Director General Dr Vedast Makota, the said permits will enable investors to continue mobilising materials prior to the project commencement as the council continues with Environment Impact Assessment (EIA).
Speaking at a four-day Capacity Building Training Programme for the council’s environmental technical staff and other stakeholders on environmental evaluation in real estate and mining projects over the weekend, Dr Makota said the issuance of provisional permits in three days time will play a vital role in stimulating the industrial growth and development.
“The provisional permit is critical to investors, it avails them with an opportunity to continue with preliminary works, pending other environmental evaluations,” he said.
Dr Makota emphasised that the council will continue with its role of educating the public and investors on the importance of protecting environment.
“Before production commences, an investor will be required to present to NEMC the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) as a requirement to meet environmental protection standards,” he stressed.
Earlier, the Manager from the Science and Environment Institute of India, Sujit Kumar Singh, who facilitated the programme said the training sought to enhance the capacity of participants to promote investments and yet preserve the environment.
“The training will build capacity of NEMC employees in inspection and other related activities in real estates and mining,” he said. The training attracted 70 experts who received training on various techniques of inspecting without affecting investments and economic development activities.
NEMC has introduced the technique hardly a week after Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) announced that investment climate in the country has improved, with Direct Foreign Investments (DFIs) soaring as well.