THE Prime Minister’s Office will drive implementation of reforms to improve the business environment as it will involve issues that cut across almost all the ministries and the local government authorities, it has been explained.
A Business Environment Analyst of the Tanzania National Business Council, Kabenga Kaisi said at a meeting in Dar es Salaam Monday that the Prime Minister’s Office would coordinate the reform agenda as its implementation would involve almost all ministries and local government authorities.
“The Prime Minister’s Office has to take leadership in the implementation because many issues in the reforms agenda involve almost all ministries...They are cross-cutting issues which need Prime Minister’s Office to drive them,” he said at a breakfast meeting to discuss the implementation of a government’s blueprint for regulatory reforms to improve the business environment.
The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment published the blueprint for regulatory reforms in May this year provides government’s main framework for enabling a holistic review of the business enabling environment (BEE) in order to improve the business climate in Tanzania.
The government has already pledged to take on board recommendations from the blueprint of the regulatory reforms to improve business environment from the 2018/19 financial year.
Moving budget proposals for the 2018/19 year in Parliament last month the Minister for Finance and Planning, Dr Phillip Mpango said the recommendations are aimed at harmonising and simplifying procedures for payment of taxes, fees and levies.
The Executive Secretary of the Textile and Garments Manufacturers of Tanzania (TEGA-MAT), Adam Zuku, said lack of clarity on who would be in charge of the process in the government would impede the implementation of the reforms “Who is in charge of the process?” This needs to be cleared as it shows the process may be bogged down,” he said.