20 December 2012

Tanzania: Govt Commits Itself to Creating Conducive Business Environment

THE government has vowed to always value the private sector's contribution to various social activities. Industry and Trade Minister Abdallah Kigoda said here on Tuesday that the government has been always striving to sustain cordial relation with the private sector.

He was speaking at a brief ceremony to receive a multipurpose hall, two 10-toilet blocks, 15 dining tables and 30 dinning sets, a donation by Tanga Cement Company Limited (TCCL) to Saunyi Primary School in Kilindi District, Tanga region.

"This gesture demonstrates the good partnership between the government and private sector-I'm proud of the successes of TCCL, one of the industries that were privatized when I was the Minister for Planning and Privatisation," said Dr Kigoda.

Asked about the challenges facing the industrial, the minister who also serves as Handeni MP, said the government were working on the issues around the clock to come up with lasting solutions.

He told Saunyi residents, mostly pastoralists from the Maasai tribe, to take their children to school, describing education as the best inheritance they could leave their children with.

Tanga Cement Managing Director Erik Westerberg said the contribution was to fulfill a promise he made to President Jakaya Kikwete who launched the second cement mill in Tanga in 2010.

He said the construction of the multi-purpose hall to be used as a dining room sought to help children of the nomadic Maasai communities to stay comfortably at school. "The company has spent over 100m/- to complete all these projects to help people who live at these marginalized areas," said Westerberg.

Through its "Build Tanzania," motto, the cement firm has through its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) spent 222m/- in social development projects.

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