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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE REGIONAL BUSINESS COUNCIL MEETING IN KIGOMA, 24th AUGUST 2018

One of key purposes of the RBC is to improve business environment and maximize opportunities for investment in the region. Kigoma region has used this forum as a platform for open and friendly dialogue between the private and the public sector.

Business development stakeholders in Kigoma region held their first Regional Business Council (RBC) for this year on 24th August 2018. The meeting took place at the Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS) office conference hall and was chaired by The Regional Commissioner Retired Brigadier General Emmanuel Maganga. It was attended by delegates 21 from public sector and 16 from private sector and invitee representatives from ENABEL, SEEDCHANGE, TPA, ALAT, LIC, WMA, TIC, OIC, TNBC, NBC, BTC, WEE, UWAKI, NSSF, UN-KJP, WFP-KJP and media representatives from TBC,  ITV, AZAM TV, CHANNEL 10, CLOUDS TV and RADIO JOY.

One of the main agendas discussed during the RBC was the issue of multiple levies and taxes on fishing activities. Fishermen are being charged TSH 91,000 for inspection fee by SUMATRA and TZS 200,000 for fishing license fee by Local Government Authorities (LGAs). Umoja Wa Wavuvi Kigoma (UWAKI) that represents fishermen in Kigoma states that this multiple fees is high and consequently have negative effects in their businesses. The RBC resolved that there should be a meeting before the next RBC in November to discuss on this agenda, that will be chaired by RAS and attended by representative from UWAKI and SUMATRA.

Another key issue that was discussed in the RBC is the use of inappropriate weigh and measuring scales that make farmers sell their crops to traders for less amount of money than the actual prices that they are supposed to be paid. It was agreed that Weight and Measures Agency (WMA) will continue providing education to traders. Traders are responsible for making sure that authorized weighing scales are available in their businesses and that District Councils also put in place by-laws that WMA presented in RBC that will require all traders to use authorized weighing scales and District Councils should facilitate establishment of crop buying centers, Mvugwe buying center at Kasulu District Council will be done by 2020 .

Issuing of permits for transporting agricultural and livestock products to neighboring countries was mentioned to be another constraint that hinders development of trade between Kigoma region and the respective countries. The RBC resolved that RAS office and TCCIA should follow up on the matter so that it is addressed and solved and they will provide the feedback to the next RBC.

Cement and manufacturing of chalk was identified as a new area of potential investment in Kigoma. There was a resolution that a commission between DED Kigoma and NSSF will be created to track the possibilities of establishment of cement industry in Kigoma and all District Commissioners and District Executive Directors should go and identify availability of chalk in their area and provide the feedback in the next RBC.

The next RBC in Kigoma is to be held on the 14th of November.