Focus on priority areas, exporters told

Tanzania Exporters Association (TANEXA) was challenged to focus and direct its efforts to priority areas with potential to spur export led economic growth in the country.

Industry and Trade Minister Abdallah Kigoda, (pictured) opening the stakeholders’ workshop on TANEXA reinvention in Dar es Salaam, said: “TANEXA has to be forthcoming and aggressive to ensure that frequent dialogue with the major actors becomes a persistent agenda in order to facilitate the goal of export led growth.”

Dr Kigoda cited value addition to agricultural produce and reduction of cost of doing business as the most critical issues to consider towards making the country’s exports more competitive.

“TANEXA should work hand in hand with the government particularly in the area of start up businesses, licensing procedures, land and labour laws, registration issues, fiscal and tax regimes as well as the market reforms,” said the minister, hinting that the government was working hard against the business hurdles that not only inflate the costs of doing business but disappoint investors as well.

Uganda Export Promotion Chairman John Kabuma, who was invited in the discussion, said failure to sustain supply and quality of goods remain a critical challenge to exporters.

“The size of the markets is huge but supply constraints and poor quality have continued to haunt the export sector, cutting down revenues,” he noted.

TANEXA’s Executive Director Mr Laurence Naluyaga said for years most exporters have been doing business without following the prescribed rules and regulations.

“Most exporters have not been doing business properly thus failing to explore profitably market potentials which could earn premium returns,” he said.
Source: Daily News, reported by Sebastian Mrindiko, from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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