The Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) plans to attract USD5b Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) to the country by 2020 to boost its economic growth.
The announcement was made by Clifford Tandari, Chief Executive at TIC during the 2nd TIC Editors Forum held in Dar es Salaam on August 17th 2016.
To achieve its goal of attracting more FDI to Tanzania, TIC is currently working on updating investment laws and policies.
In order to ensure that foreign investors are aware of the investment opportunities available in Tanzania, TIC is conducting business-to-business investment forums.
During a recent interview with TanzaniaInvest, Clifford Tandari said: “We recently held the Tanzania-India business forum and the Tanzania-Poland business-to-business forum to promote FDI from these countries.”
He added: “We are currently focused on promoting investments in manufacturing, agriculture—where the majority of Tanzanians are involved – real estate, construction, infrastructure, tourism, and hospitality.”
There are several fiscal and non-fiscal incentives available to investors interested in Tanzania. Fiscal incentives include tax exemptions on capital goods. Non-fiscal incentives relate to immigration visas and residency permits.
Tanzania Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) net inflows rose by 13% from USD1.8b in 2010 to USD2.04b in 2014. In 2015, FDI net inflows in Tanzania decreased by 34% to USD1.5b from USD2.04b in 2014.
According to the 2016 World Investment Report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), low commodity prices depressed FDI inflows in natural resource based economies across Sub Saharan Africa.
However, over the past 2 years Tanzania remained the first recipient of FDI in East Africa.