Country Summary


Tanzania is the second largest economy in the East African Community and the twelfth largest in Africa with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $33.23 billion.

According to the African Economic Outlook, Tanzania continues to enjoy strong export growth and diversification from traditional markets and products, but it remains significantly reliant on primary commodity exports. Manufacturing exports have grown significantly over the past decade, and export markets have been diversified. Industry accounts for about 25% of GDP; the most important industrial sub-sectors is manufacturing, with a GDP share of about 10%.

Tanzania is ranked 145th out of 189 economies in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2014. The report notes that the aggregate score decreased by nine points compared to 2013, due to deterioration in all the sub-indicators. Positive reforms implemented in 2014 made it easier to resolve insolvency. Tanzania improved its credit information system through new regulations that provide for the licensing of credit reference bureaus and outlines the functions of the credit reference data bank.

The top three business environment constraints experienced by private sector firms in Tanzania include access to finance, electricity, and tax rates. As reported by the World Bank’s Enterprise Surveys 2013 data, the value of collateral needed for a loan or line of credit (as a percentage of the loan value) amounts to 263.8, compared to 171.0 in the region, and 189.4 in all countries surveyed.

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