29 August 2014

Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Woos Investors to Region

Mwanga — PROSPECTIVE investors in Kilimanjaro Region are set to get a warm welcome and quicker process in their endeavours as the region has announced the establishment of investment desks in every district council.

Speaking at Mwanga on Wednesday, Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC) Leonidas Gama said there is no more time to waste practicing bureaucracy that has and has scared away potential investors.

Mr Gama said he will make a followup in all seven districts of the region to make sure there is excellent service. He has ordered officials to help the investors in accessing building permits instead of frustrating them.

The RC was speaking when opening a one-day symposium for Natural Tourism stakeholders from Mwanga District. The meeting is aimed at boosting people's incomes through tourism and use of available resources.

The conference was organized by Tanzania Environment and Tourism Organization (Teteo) and funded by the Finnish Government. Mr Gama said he was irked by bureaucracy in some district councils when it comes to serving investors.

The situation is normally so bad that some of them despair while they were set to put in place huge factories or tourist hotels that would have been of much help to Kilimanjaro people economically.

Expounding on the problem, Mr Gama said land officers, town planners, architects and water supply officers should be at the same pool and will have authority to render services to investors and issue permits.

He added that they should initiate developments to councils instead of waiting for meetings, which, he said, was wastage of time.

He praised Mwanga District for its initiative on the natural tourism, but cautioned that it also needs a performance discipline that is in line with ethics in the community and urged the stakeholders to apply their customs and traditions in reaching their goal.

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