DAR ES SALAAM: DEPUTY Prime Minister, Dr Doto Biteko has ordered all Regional Commissioners (RCs) and District Commissioners (RCs) to promote economic and investment opportunities available in their areas.
Dr Biteko, who doubles as Energy Minister made the statement over the weekend at the Pangani Investment Forum (PIF) organised by the Pangani District Office in collaboration with the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) and the Tanzania Tourism Board (TTB).
The forum was hosted alongside the Swahili International Tourism Expo 2023 (S!TE) in Dar es Salaam.
He said if all leaders at Regional, District, Ward and Villages shed light on all opportunities at their localities via exhibitions, conferences, forums among others, the outside world will realise potentials in them and be tapped as targets set by President, Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan on bolstering investment and the economy at large.
He said collective efforts on promoting investments in key sectors including tourism, agribusiness, trade and blue economy from the district levels will provide relief to top government leaders, including President Dr Samia by enabling her to focus on big issues of promoting investment at national level.
“You should always do what you can do for the citizens’ wellbeing, there is no way that you can wait for the President to create visibility to the districts or regions’ opportunities, we must support our President,” Dr Biteko said.
He said with concerted efforts from all leaders and citizens on attracting investors including in the tourism sector the country will increase foreign currency and revenues to make both the micro and macro economies more stable.
In a related development, Dr Biteko commended Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and the Pangani District Commissioner’s Office for coming up with the forum which attracted hundreds of stakeholders to share experience and aspirations on moving investment forward in line with the government’s ambitious effort on boosting the economy from the set business.
In response, TIC’s Acting Executive Director, Mr John Mnali, welcomed all investors to tap the opportunities in Pangani District, saying the government has put in place incentives for them to prosper.
Focusing on Pangani, Mr Mnali said investors should invest on sectors including tourism as the district is home to Saadani National Park and the blue economy value addition as it is close to the Indian Ocean.
On his part, TTB’s Director General, Mr Damasi Mfugale, said the board focuses on driving the tourism industry in Pangani by effectively utilising its attractive features available including beaches and the Saadani National Park.
Moreover, he said the district is strategically located since it is closer to the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.
At the PIF, Pangani District Commissioner (DC), Ms Zainab Adallah, used the forum to showcase the opportunities available in Pangani including in the areas of tourism, agribusiness and blue economy while welcoming investors to tap the opportunities.
Ms Adallah also launched the district investment guide titled “Pangani District Investment Guide” and a film which shows all potential opportunities available.
She thanked President Samia for the Royal Tour Film and allocation of funds for development projects in Pangani, noting that all district’s villages have been connected to electricity.