Parliament committee set to inspect privitised entities to establish present status

Saturday August 18 2018

By Alfred Zacharia @azacharia3

Dar es Salaam. Parliamentary standing committee for Industry, Trade and Environment plans to visit and inspect the privatized public factories, with a view to unveil if there was any breach of agreements.

The committee wants to establish if the purchasers and outright owners of privatised public entities were abiding with the agreements or not and order the taking of appropriate measures against them, according to Committee’s chairman Sadick Murad.

“Rumours are rapidly booming on air that some entities have changed their operational purposes and some are dying. We would like to examine them before coming up with decisions on what next,” he said.

His wish is to physically visit and establish if indeed the state of the entities had changed for the worse, and establish the reasons behind it.

“If these entities were operating smoothly, they would be creating jobs as well as generating revenue for the government,” he noted.

With his team, Mr Murad is persistent to undertake site visits and review of sale agreements, post-privatisation status, rehabilitation process, production capacity including processing, manufacturing or service delivery level, job creation through permanent employment and outsourced services.

The exercise will go hand to hand with the visit of small scale industries with a view to identify the challenges associated with such processors and manufacturers, according to him.

Recently, the committee made a five-day visit to large scale factories in Dar es Salaam where it was able to establish some challenges which will be discussed in Parliament.

“We have managed to visit more than 12 factories. There are some improvements in our local industries despite the challenges,” he noted.

The presence of many standard regulatory bodies topped the list of the challenges highlighted by industry owners, according to him.

“The challenge was mentioned by all operators we have met. We will submit it to the government for further resolutions,” he noted.

Other challenges were; importation of counterfeit goods, electronic test stamps, delay for repayment of import duty of industrial sugar and distressing ways of revenue collections by Tanzania Revenue Authority officers, according to him.