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Tanzania to review value chain with support of WTO

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 > 09:05:57

(East Africa Business Week)

The World Bank and the Ministry of Industry and Trade have agreed to carry out a comprehensive value chain study involving production, processing and marketing especially in agriculture, mining, gas and tourism.

The participants at a recent consultative meeting also agreed on a number of areas for analysis considered priority sectors.

According to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Uledi Mussa and a joint statement on the First Consultative Workshop on the Tanzania Diagostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) Update, participants it was agreed that value addition and access to market information was important in respect of mining. “We want also to take an in-depth look at the gas value chain,” Mussa said.

For tourism, the PS said they have recommended that emphasis should be on issues related to infrastructure and connectivity, skills development and national or local branding.

He said on cross-cutting issues, the focus should be on policy, regulatory and capacity or awareness for small and medium scale operators in each of the specified sectors.

In order to accelerate regional integration, strong emphasis must be placed on the harmonization of national policies within the East African Community (EAC) in order to remove unfair competition.

The consultative meeting with the theme, ‘Deeper Trade Reforms and Regional and Bi-regional Integration to Drive Diversification, Inclusive Growth and Job Creation in Tanzania’ was conducted by the trade ministry, in collaboration with the World Bank Group.

A key objective was to identify priority areas to be covered in the second Diagnostic Trade Integration Study. 

The World Bank,the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) is an in-depth analysis of a country's preparedness in participating effectively in the global trading system.

The first DTIS in Tanzania was done in 2005 in which an Action Matrix of policy interventions and reforms was prepared to drive trade diversification, inclusive growth and job creation.

Bank officials said the upcoming DTIS aims at taking stock of progress made in the first DTIS and chart the way forward.

It said in a statement that the study update is to focus on selected areas with significant trade potential, namely agribusiness with emphasis in value addition, mining and tourism.

‘In addition, cross-cutting issues in respect small and medium scale trade shall be examined as well as the role of regional integration in support of export development,’ according to the World Bank statement.

While selective in terms of the examined sectors, the DTIS update will be comprehensive by adopting a value chain approach that looks not only at the final products but also at all relevant inputs, with a special emphasis on services inputs as well as the policies and processes affecting them. 

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