SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian authorities said Wednesday that work permits
for foreign investors seeking to set up businesses in
the East African country will now be processed within
"This follows the amendment of some
labor regulations to reduce bureaucracy in issuing the
permits," said Deputy Minister of State in the Prime
Minister’s Office responsible for Labour, Employment,
Youth and the Disabled, Anthony Mavunde.
"If an applicant has all the necessary documents, the
permit will be ready within 14 days," Mavunde told
tourism stakeholders in Tanzania’s northern tourist city
The official said previously there was no specific
time within which work permits were supposed to be
The government is currently working to implement the
recently approved blueprint for the improvement of
Tanzania’s business climate.
The blueprint will see the government initiate
amendment of various laws, including those governing
immigration and labor with a view to simplify the
process of issuing the necessary permits to foreign
investors and workers.
"Under the new arrangement, the process of issuing
work permits and temporary residence permits to
non-citizens will be simplified," he said.
Chairman of the Tanzania Association of Tour
Operators (TATO), Willy Chambulo, said TATO members and
other investors in the tourism sector were finding it
difficult to renew work permits for their employees,
thus affecting service delivery.
He added that tour operators were still concerned
over numerous checkpoints mounted by traffic police
along routes leading to national parks.
Chambulo said unnecessary road checks inconvenienced
tourists and adversely affected the flow of traffic.
possible construction of industrial parks
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- The Tanzania
Investment Centre (TIC) on Wednesday held talks with
representatives of social security funds over strategic
plans for construction of industrial parks as the
government looks forward to speeding up attraction of
Geoffrey Mwambe, TIC Executive Director, said both
sides discussed bottlenecks in investments and how they
could fast track the establishment of the industrial
parks in major cities around the East African country.
Availability of land for investments topped the
discussions as members felt access to adequate land was
a key challenge that was slowing investments, he said.
Mwambe said TIC was determined to create a conducive
environment to foster investments in the country.
He said both foreign and domestic investors were keen
on establishing businesses in industrial parks but they
failed to do so due to critical shortage of requisite
incentives such as sufficient land and other basic
A representative of the Public Service Pensions Fund,
Hamidu Ngororo, said he was optimistic that the plan
would transform the industrial sector if the private
sector was well represented.
Xavier Lukuvi, the Investment and Planning Manager of
the National Social Security Fund, said construction of
roads will hasten the opening up of the parks.
Benedict Mahona, Research and Planning Manager of the
Parastatal Pensions Fund, advised that a pilot study on
the real cost of establishing the industrial parks be
carried before rolling out the plan for successful