Tanzania’s industrial sector contributes around 25% to the country’s GDP and experienced an average annual growth of 8% over the past 5 years.
The general industrial structure of Tanzania is comprised of manufacturing (53%), processing (43%), and assembling industries (4%).
Manufacturing in Tanzania
Tanzania’s manufacturing sector contributed 5.6% to the country’s GDP in 2014 with USD 2.69bn, compared to USD 1.47bn in 2009, representing an increase of 82%.
Since agriculture is the mainstay of the Tanzanian economy, the manufacturing industry is centered around the processing of local agricultural goods.
The manufacturing sector in Tanzania consists mainly of food processing (24%), textiles and clothing (10%), chemicals (8.5%), and others, including beverages, leather and leather products, paper and paper products, publishing and printing, and plastics.
Export of Tanzanian manufactured goods includes cotton yarn, processed coffee and tobacco, sisal products (yarn and twine), wheat flour, plastic items, textile apparel, and cement.
Tanzania’s manufactured goods export tripled over the past 5 years, increasing from USD 497.7m in 2010 to USD 1.4bn in 2015, accounting for 25% of Tanzania’s total export value.
Tanzania Key Industries
Currently, the majority of crops in Tanzania are marketed in their raw forms, while value-addition to agricultural products is mostly on small-scale secondary level.
Still, the Tanzanian agriculture value-added net output rose by 61% during the period 2009–2014, from USD 8.6bn to USD 13.8bn.
Currently, value-added products in Tanzania include cotton yarn, manufactured coffee and tobacco, sisal products (yarn and twine), and wheat flour.
In line with the 2025 Vision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives of Tanzania, there should be at least two new products developed from each of the staple crops, horticultural crops, livestock and fisheries by that year.
Tanzania Construction Materials
Construction materials in Tanzania include cement and cement products, bricks and building blocks, wood building columns, and others.
Currently Tanzania’s cement production amounts to more than 2m t, compared to only 900,000t in 2001.
The Tanzania Portland Cement Company (TPCC) is the leading company in Tanzania’s cement industry, holding 36% of the market share.
According to TPCC, the company’s production of cement is expected to reach 1.9m t per year as a result of the construction of a new Cement Mill (CM5), completed in 2014.
Africa’s leading cement producer, Dangote Cement, commissioned the largest cement factory in Tanzania (the Mtwara plant) in December 2015.
The Tanzanian plant is part of Dangote’s regional plan to shift Africa from cement importer to producer, raising the yearly production by 25m t per annum.
The Government of Tanzania conceives industrialization as the main catalyst to transform the economy, generate sustainable growth and reduce poverty.
The Government of Tanzania introduced its Sustainable Industrial Development Policy (SIDP) in 1996 to phase itself out of investing directly in productive activities and let the private sector take that role.
The main purpose of the Government’s SIDP is to design a plan for industrializing Tanzania so that the country becomes semi-industrialized by 2025.
In order for Tanzania to become a semi-industrialized country, the contribution of manufacturing to the national economy must reach a minimum of 40% of the GDP by 2025.
Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) are expected to provide the capital for the desired industrial development.
Tanzania Export and Special Economic Zones
In 2002 Tanzania established its Export Processing Zones (EPZ) scheme, to provide for the establishment of export oriented investments within the designated zones with the views of creating international competitiveness for export led economic growth.
Tanzania’s EPZs are conductive environments for the promotion of exports of products that use local materials, such as textiles and garments, leather goods, agro-processing, and the lapidary industry.
In addition in 2006 the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) scheme was introduced, to promote quick and significant progress in economic growth, export earnings and employment creation as well as attracting private investment in the form of both Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and Domestic Direct Investment (DDI) from all productive and service sectors.
Tanzania’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa has recently inaugurated the country’s first high-quality cassava flour factory in the coastal region on Lindi.
The factory, part of Cassava Starch of Tanzania Corporation (CSTC) that grows and processes cassava in 800 hectares on the Makonde Platea, will produce more than 6,000 metric tons of high-quality cassava flour per year.
CSTC has been operating since 2012 with the objective of identifying and developing the best variety of cassava for high-quality flour and native starch, for the domestic use and exports.
Tanzania Cassava Cassava production in Tanzania is estimated at 5.4m t according to the 2012 Food and Agriculture Organization Corporate Statistical Database.
In that year Tanzania was the 12th largest cassava producer in the world and the 6th largest in Africa after Nigeria (top producer in the word), DRC, Ghana, Angola, and Mozambique.
Cassava is among the agricultural produce that Tanzania is highly prioritizing to boost the country’s economy.
On June 2018 Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directed the Ministry of Trade, Industries and Investment and that of Agriculture to form a special committee of experts to go through the challenges facing cassava farmers, impeding the sales of their the cash crop in the Chinese Market.