The Hub's accomplishments in Tanzania to Date:  

  • To date the Hub has supported 53 firms and associations to increase their export competitiveness;
  • Fifteen (15) firms have been supported to participate in various trade shows resulting in 86 business linkages;
  • Hub facilitated AGOA exports as at June 30 2017 stood at $239,600;
  • Exports to other market destinations as a result of Hub support are $53,600;
  • Due to the expanding export opportunities, 28 new full time equivalent (FTE) jobs have been created, 64% of which are for women;
  • Supported development of Tanzania National AGOA Strategy;
  • Supported successful implementation of ePing electronic alert system;
  • Supported the adoption of Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures (SPS) notification submission system;
  • Supported use of ISOlutions which allows Tanzania to effectively participate in international standardization processes.

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Published on May 26, 2015
The Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam was once the most efficient in sub-Saharan Africa. The performance of the port, which is the second-largest in east Africa, has slipped dramatically over the past 20 years. Ships are often forced to wait to dock and the transit of goods through the port is slow. The World Bank estimates that trade costs are 60 per cent higher between Tanzania and China than between Brazil and China, despite the distance between the Latin American country and the world’s second-biggest economy being almost double. The port is also unable to accommodate larger vessels, which is becoming increasingly problematic. “Container ships have become bigger. For economies of scale, shipping companies prefer three large ships docking than 10 smaller ones,” says Smak Kaombwe, an adviser for TradeMark East Africa. Read more. Source | The National
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Tanzania, Kenya enter WTO deal

Published on May 26, 2015
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Tanzania Coffee Industry Value Chain Analysis

Published on May 21, 2015
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Tanzania aims for speedy investor take-off

Published on May 20, 2015
The Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) is working on the Tanzania Window 2014 (TIW) platform aimed at providing all investors with a One-Stop-Shop services online.  This also aims at creating a virtual one-stop-stop with an objective to simplify procedures and in making the services more accessible, efficient and effective. The first TIW Phase I project was implemented in 2014 with funding from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and managed by United Nations Conference on Trade and development (UNCTAD).  The $350,000 (Tsh.630 million) UNDP funding led to the installation at TIC of an electronic single window through which investors can apply online for required registrations to start a company lawfully in Tanzania.  According to Juliet R. Kairuki TIC Chief Executive Officer, Phase II of the project would be managed by TIC and co-financed by Investment Climate Facility (ICF). It would focus on launching and promote the Tanzania Investment Window. This would be made possible through targeted communication efforts and by piloting proximity services throughout Tanzania. She said this phase would also focus on simplifying and put remaining One-Stop-Shop permit issuing procedures online such as certificate on incentives, tax exemptions, work permits and derivative rights to land. Read more. Source | East African Business Week 
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Tanzania signs up for Customs deal

Published on May 12, 2015
Tanzania has joined Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda in fast tracking the movement of goods along the main corridors (Northern and Central) under the Customs seals in the Comesa region. This follows the signing of an inter-surety agreement by Tanzania’s National Insurance Corporation (NICT) to join Comesa Regional Transit Guarantee (RCTG) scheme thereby allow the country to issue regional Customs bond guarantees. The RCTG Scheme is a Customs transit regime designed for the ease of movement of goods under Customs seals in the Comesa region and to provide the required Customs security and guarantee to the transit countries. Read more. Source| The East African
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Farmers in Tanzania urged to embrace modern storage options

Published on May 12, 2015
Shinyanga. Farmers in the Lake Zone regions have been urged to use modern crop storage methods in order to avoid the risk of fire in their stores. The call was made by UAP Insurance Development Business Manager Raymond Komanga when paying Sh83 million to Jielong Holdings as compensation for its cotton warehouse which was razed down by fire. Mr Komanga said that many farmers in the Lake Zone lacked education on how to store their crops in modern ways after harvesting them and many of them had not insured their produce and storage facilities, as a result when fire breaks out, they end up losing everything. Read more. Source | The Citizen
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Uganda, Tanzania farm produce bridges deficit

Published on May 06, 2015
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Tanzanian tech entrepreneurs gradually making their mark

Published on May 05, 2015
“Tanzania is often looked at as the slower brother in the region,” he says. “It is great to have a space where teams can meet and compete, and then take on the region and show perceptions towards Tanzania are outdated. I would put Tanzanian coders against Kenyan coders any day of the week.” Due to the success of mobile money platform M-Pesa and the proliferation of innovation spaces and tech start-ups, Kenya’s capital Nairobi has been dubbed ‘Silicon Savannah’. Kenyan tech entrepreneurs have attracted the attention of international media, investors and even executives of global IT companies like Google. With the lens focused on Kenya, Barretto notes neighbours such as Tanzania have suffered the disadvantages of under-exposure. Accessing financing, for instance, is harder with most investors choosing to be based in Nairobi. “It’s a lot harder for Tanzanian start-ups to secure investments,” he says. “That is one of the largest differences when comparing ecosystems in the region.” Running a tech start-up in Tanzania is in itself a challenging feat. The connectivity infrastructure is vulnerable to outages, there is insufficient supply of electricity, and regulations hinder the development of start-ups, such as the need to pre-pay taxes. But it is not all gloom. “There is opportunity to tap into what is becoming a growing middle class, [and that] is a huge potential for growing companies,” says Barretto. “Consumers are very ready to take on solutions. As long as you show that you are solving a problem or making life more efficient, people are willing to use your service and engage with you.” Read more. Source | How we made it in Africa
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