19 July 2013

Tanzania: Private, Public Sector Partnership Vital for Agriculture Development - TPSF

PRIVATE sector in Tanzania has explained its resolve to work with the government to attain sustainable agriculture development in the country.

The Executive Director of Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), Mr. Godfrey Simbeye said the private sector was ready to pour in money in production projects under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the benefit of business community and the country at large.

Mr Simbeye was talking to journalists in Dar es Salaam just after the closure of a workshop on Public Private Partnership (PPP) awareness day in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

He singled out agriculture as one of the sectors that the private sector is ready to collaborate with the government under the PPP modal. "We would like to start collaborating in agriculture and education sectors and later engage ourselves in big projects such as railway construction and ports," he said.

Specifically, Mr. Simbeye mentioned the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) as some of government's initiatives that members of the private sector in Tanzania can actively participate. On his part, the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives said the government valued the contribution of the private sector in development of agriculture.

"We will strengthen our cooperation with the private sector in agriculture," he said.He said that in spite of its infancy, the private sector had done a lot in the development endeavours of the country. He said that the country is food secured and that the focus now is to make sure that proper value addition was done. He noted that the private sector can team up with the public one in realising the government's Big Results Now in agriculture projects.

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