By Felix Andrew
LOCAL Small Scale manufacturers have recalled on the government to trim down a number of taxes imposed in various services in order to speed up economic growth of Tanzania and their livelihood.
Speaking over the weekend in Dar es Salaam during closing of Packaging and Branding training, an entrepreneur identified as Francisca Joseph said there are so many taxes which impede their growth
The training was organized by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment through its Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) attracted over 20 entrepreneurs from Dar es Salaam region.
“We have a number of taxes namely income tax, pay as you earn, skills development levy which we are supposed to pay before and after business,” said entrepreneur on behalf of other participants.
According to her others taxes are in relation to OSHA, Fire brigade, health, foods and drugs (TFDA), and standards (TBS).
“With all listed taxes do you think Tanzanian entrepreneurs can move forward, no it is day dream, the government should work on it”, she suggested.
Explaining further, she said the training would help her add value to the products manufactured by her company.
“This training on packaging has enabled us to manufacture goods which can compete at international level,” she said.
She also urged Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) to put a suggestion box that would enable traders to explain their comment about services.
“Going at TRA offices need one to spare enough time, because there are some cumbersome procedures which are not friendly to many of us”, she added .
She said a trader want to spend not more than one hour at TRA , but at moment the situation is not good hence they are compelled to stay for hours , leaving other activities unsolved.
On his part, the SIDO Project Manager, Melkiado January , , urged entrepreneurs to who completed their training to have a systematic way of doing their businesses besides respecting work contract.
He said the move would enable increase their income and support the government’s move towards employment creation.
He said SME plays a crucial role in development of economy and more emphasize should focus on how to support them.
He advised them to establish their own factories within a short period of time and rebrand their products hence fight poverty and unemployment.
He said the main objective of the training was to equip entrepreneurs with skills of branding, packaging and labeling.