The development of enterprises (large, medium, small and micro enterprises) in a wide range of industrial activities, trade, and other key services to support agribusiness and manufacturing are very important pillars for promoting rapid structural transformation and to create productive employment. Research in this area will focus on:
a. Manufacturing transformation, growth, and diversification seeking to understand potential drivers of export growth, natural resource-based industrialization, and how to create and sustain competitive advantages to accelerate structural change and transformation
b. Exploring the link between enterprise development, employment, and poverty in Tanzania: the main objective of this research is to understand the nexus between enterprise development, employment, and poverty which could provide a basis for sound policymaking that seeks to enhance employment route for effective inclusive development and poverty eradication.
c.Youth employment: The main focus of this research is to establish specific policy issues for the promotion of youth employment as an important component of the Tanzania labour force development, including skills development, population dynamics, and empowerment policies and interventions.
d. Informal sector and transformation: The main objective of this research is to facilitate the transformation of the informal sector to enhance achievement of decent working conditions for the labour force engaged in that sector, including issues of regulatory environment, and access to resources needed to foster organic formalization of enterprises in the informal economy.
e. Productivity, innovation, and technology diffusion: The main objective of this research is to generate knowledge on the drivers of technology and knowledge diffusion, how different investment patterns such as those driven by FDIs can be made to promote technology transfer, foster innovation, and to raise total factor productivity across all sectors. It will also include the analysis of institutional innovations and change required to foster technology intensity in production and to enhance competitiveness.
f.Trade diversification and competitiveness: The main objective of this research is to understand production and market dynamics that affect trade growth, the relationship between trade, growth, and inequality in the context of Tanzania, the drivers of and constraints to trade competitiveness, and implications of regional and global trade agreements and cooperation.