By Azania Post Reporter
MORE than 100 local businessmen in Dar es Salaam, have applied for an area to construct car yard at proposed Kigamboni Automotive Zone, the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) has said.
According to foundation’s Executive Director Godfrey Simbeye, already some businessmen have responded to the Dar es Salaam region’s Commissioner call to invest in the area.
Simbeye emphasized the importance of laying infrastructures and social services to support the proposed zone.
However it was reported that the Dar es Salaam region Commissioner Paul Makonda to establish the Zone was received with mixed reactions which prompted for TPSF intervention.
TPSF sought to clear the air by inviting the private sector and the business community especially those engaged in the business of car dealerships to have a sit down with the RC.
Speaking during his meeting recently, Makonda said appearance of showrooms and garages in every corner of the city was a nuisance.
The government expects the zone to be advantageous to all stakeholders; Customers could get competitive prices and reduce purchase time, Government could collect tax more efficiently, and car dealerships would have a premise to conduct their businesses which could attract even foreign buyers and eliminate middle men (brokers), who for such a long time have not provided a level playing field..
The implementation will be done in phases with used Car Dealerships the first to go with bonded warehouses to follow and later new car dealerships.
“The government as of now has set aside 750,000 Sqm and the area has a potential for expansion to up to 2,000,0000Sqm’