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Cairo Conference Session 5.2: An Example for Africa - Business Environment Reform in Tanzania (2005)

    The Papers and powerpoint presentations on the right hand side come from Session 5.2 on 1st December 2005 in Cairo, "An Example for Africa - Business Environment Reform in Tanzania". Tanzania has benefited from a significant amount of official donor assistance over the years. While it followed a Socialist model of development when it first became independent, the early phases of Tanzania's reform efforts were focused on the transition to a market economy. This Session examined the case of Tanzania in an effort to learn more about the contribution donor assistance makes to reform; lessons were drawn from the experiences of government, the private sector, consultants and academics who had been involved in reform processes.

    Not all the lessons that can be learned from the Tanzania experience are postive. Despite significant reform efforts, the business environment in Tanzania is still far from ideal. This Session considered steps that are being taken, and the problems that are being experienced in the process of reform.

    a) Reforming Institutions Aimed at Improving the Enabling Environment for Pro-Poor Private Sector Development - A Tanzanian Case Study, by Donath Olomi and Frans van Gerwen
    Donath Olomi works at the Entrepreneurship Centre of the University of Dar es Salaam; Frans van Gerwen works for MDF Training and Consultancy. Their presentation focused on institutional reform, drawing on a number of research studies and reform programmes in Tanzania and elsewhere.

    b) The Case of Business Environment Strengthening Programme for Tanzania (BEST)- Practice of Reforming the Business Environment, by Dr. Stergomena Tax-Bamwenda
    Dr. Stergomena Tax-Bamwenda is the Chief Executive Officer of the Better Regulation Unit, of the Business Environment Strengthening for Tanzania (BEST) programme in Dar es Salaam. BEST is a multi-donor-funded programmes designed to improve the regulatory framework for business in Tanzania; it comes under the President's Office Planning Privatisation.

    c) Reforming the Business Environment in Tanzania, by Elvis Musiba
    Elvis Musiba is President of the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, and Chairman of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation in Dar es Salaam. He presented a private sector perspective on business environment reform in Tanzania.

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