Seizing a major opportunity: industrial development with health sector benefits
Local manufacturers in Tanzania are not sharing in the large and expanding market for health-related commodities. The health sector buys medicines and other supplies such as cotton wool, protective gloves, syringes, diagnostic test kits, laboratory supplies, medical equipment, and infection control items such as soap and disinfectant. Imports soared to over USD 350 million in 2013, with donor funding, but a small rise in exports has petered out (see Figure). REPOA’s 2013 research found that just 16% of medicines and 22% of other health supplies were made locally (Tibandebage et al. 2014). Local firms supply a declining share of medicines (Wangwe et al. 2014) and a narrow range of other supplies including bed nets, bed sheets and mattresses, topical products such as white spirit, medical furniture and cleaning products (Israel et al. 2014)
A broader tax base will enhance tax compliance in Tanzania Huge reservoirs of natural gas have been discovered offshore the southern coast of Tanzania. The country might become a large producer of gas, and a potential exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) during the next decades.
Active participation in local governance is necessary for improving a citizen’s quality of life. Participation is manifested by the citizen’s active role in governance structures (village/ neighborhood (mtaa) assembly meetings), active involvement in public service committees (water management committees, school committees, etc.), and active involvement in preparing village/ neighborhood and ward plans.
This paper examines production and market arrangements in the sugar value chain in Tanzania, an industry that involves a significant number of smallholders producing sugarcane for monopsonic processors. The study followed an exploratory approach, including the triangulation of data through interviews with key institutions such as the Sugar Board of Tanzania (SBT), milling companies, intermediary […]
Policy Options and Constraints Tanzania is rapidly losing its pharmaceutical production capability, and therefore its ability to supply one of its population’s basic needs. The loss undermines Tanzania’s medium-term security of supply of essential medicines. It threatens cumulative industrial and employment decline in one of Tanzania’s few higher-skill sectors and in local suppliers, including plastics […]