15 March 2014

Tanzania: Big Results Now Initiative Collects Sh226 Billion

THE government has collected 225.9bn/- through implementation of Big Results Now (BRN) initiative, resources which were raised between July and December 2013.

Addressing a news conference in Dar es Salaam on Friday, the Head of Ministerial Delivery Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Mr Emmanuel Tutuba said the funds were collected via new sources of tax revenue collection and non-tax sources developed under the BRN.

The objective of the BRN programme is to speed up and catalyse implementation of projects in key areas of six strategically selected sectors such as agriculture, education, energy, transport, water and resource mobilisation.

The sectors aim at enhancing the impact of the Five Year Development Plan (FYDP) 2011/12- 2015/16. "Some 215bn/- of the funds was realised following measures taken on enhancing tax collection and the rest (10.9bn/-) was collected through non-tax sources," he said.

Mr Tutuba named some of the measures taken on tax collection as setting up of import and export commodity database, setting up of withholding income tax and reducing the magnitude of tax exemptions. Concerning the non-tax revenues collected,

Mr Tutuba said among the measures taken include developing plans of issuing permits to access forests resources, reviewing of finance registrar law towards expanding the revenue collection from public companies.

In another development, Mr Tutuba said that the government plans to work with the private sector in the implementation of projects that gear at generating 6tr/- by 2015/16.

The projects that are already on a list to be implemented by the government and private sector are the construction of Morogoro Road from Dar es Salaam to Chalinze, management of Rapid Bus Transport Project and construction of Kinyerezi III Power Generating Post.

Other measures that will see BRN achievements include regulation of government expenditure. According to Tutuba, implementation of the plan will be considered in the next (2014/15) financial year.

Mr Tutuba said that the government through the Ministry of Finance has started providing funds to the six priority sectors for attaining BRN development goals.

He said that between July and December 2013, the ministry provided 8.3bn/- to education projects, 86bn/- for water, 10b.2bn/- to agriculture, 146.6bn/- for transport and 339.4bn/- for energy.

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