Tanzania presents PPP bill to Parliament

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Tanzania presents PPP bill to Parliament

The government of Tanzania presented the public private partnership (PPP) Amendment Bill, 2014 to the parliament last week.

The PPP Amendment Bill, 2014 seeks to put in place a conducive environment for implementation of several projects between the public and private sectors in Tanzania. Among other issues, the Bill suggests the establishment of a PPP centre, a Partnership Technical Committee, a National Investment Steering Committee and a PPP facilitation fund.

The Bill aims at establishing a one stop centre, PPP Centre, to improve efficiency and coordination of projects under partnership between public and private sector. Currently, there are two units in charge of PPP projects, the coordination centre, which is under the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), and this under the Prime Minister's Office; while the finance centre is under the Ministry of Finance.

According to the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Dr Mary Nagu, the amendment bill once endorsed by the legislature will allow combining the current two centres in one. She commented:

The one stop centre being recommended will have taken up responsibilities to the current two centres and it will be under the ministry responsible with Investment, which currently is in the PMO.

The chairman of the parliamentary commitee on Economy, Industry and Trade, Mr Luhaga Mpina, commented:

The government must put in place a good trade and investment environment to increase involvement of the private sector in development projects in the country. While there are no laws or policies that protect local citizen when they venture into investing in the country, Tanzanians are not involved in investment in the country and good examples is gas, oil, agriculture and tourism.

During this year we have reported about three PPP projects in tender stage in Tanzania:

Two other projects are in planning stage:

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