Tanzania Investment Centre launches One Stop Centre for investors
November 23, 2016
|The upgraded One Stop Centre at the Tanzania Investment Centre
The Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) has launched its upgraded One Stop Centre for investment promotion. Funded by ICF and TIC, the upgraded Centre will boost TIC’s role of encouraging, promoting and facilitating investment in Tanzania.
Specifically, the One Stop Centre helps local and foreign investors register their businesses and obtain all the necessary permits to enable them to conduct their businesses. It also grants land derivatives to investors and helps them to navigate administrative and regulatory hurdles.
The Centre brings under one roof ten ministries and government agencies involved with the issuance of various business licenses. These include: the Business Registration and Licensing Agency, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Lands, the Ministry of Labour, the Tanzania Bureau of Standards, Immigration Services, the Tanzania Revenue Authority, the National Environment Management Council, the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority, and the Architects and Quantity Surveyors Registration Board.
Charles Mwijage, Minister of Industry and Trade, speaks at the launch of the One Stop Centre.
The launch of the One Stop Centre was officiated by Minister Charles Mwijage, Minister Industry and Trade. The Minister thanked ICF for its support in improving the investment climate in Tanzania. “The upgrading of the Centre plays a crucial part as it is the first stop for all foreign investors,” he said.
Before the upgrade, the One Stop Centre space was very small, forcing the different agencies to receive applications from investors at the Centre and then go back to their individual offices to process the paperwork.
But now the Centre has been expanded to provide enough space for officers from all ten agencies. New furnishings and office equipment have been installed to ensure efficient provision of services.
Perhaps more importantly, the Centre has been redesigned to promote transparency through an open plan design and a set of installed cameras. Applicants no longer interact with the individual officers, but rather they drop their applications at the reception, which are then processed by the different officers. Should an application have issues, the applicant speaks to a TIC officer in one of the consultation rooms – a glass room with fitted cameras.
Minister Mwijage stressed that the objective of the Government is to build industries in Tanzania and the strengthening of the One Stop Centre is key in supporting this objective. “The Government is looking for only three simple things,” the Minister said. “Jobs, locally produced goods, and payment of taxes. That’s all.”
The revamped Centre will help TIC carry out its mandate of promoting investments in Tanzania from both local and foreign investors.
Government officials from different Ministries and agencies attended the launch, as well as members of the media.