6 November 2017

Tanzania: Accurate Statistics Reinforce Efforts to Build National Economy

EFFECTIVE use of national statistics by the government has yielded positive results in the management of national economy, according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

NBS Director General Albina Chuwa said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that during the two-year reign by President John Magufuli, statistics have been effectively utilised in executing development plans.

Dr Chuwa was speaking in a special local TV programme to evaluate President Magufuli's two years in the Magogoni office, after officially taking over from former President Jakaya Kikwete on November 5, 2015.

The government penchant to efficiently use NBS statistics and recommendations, said Dr Chuwa, has helped the country to yield good results, economically.

"We provide statistics and propose solutions to serve as way forward in improving the welfare of wananchi... we are grateful that the government has been making good uses of them," she said.

She cited released NBS data on increased agricultural production and instant government intervention through ensuring that farmers sell their produce, profitably. Senior Lecturer with University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Dr Benson Bana, also among the invited guests in the programme, commended the great achievements in the two years of Magufuli reign, citing sustained peace and security.

Dr Bana said during the two-year period there had been some attempts to disrupt peace and security, with the Kibiti killings as reference, but the government managed to quell the culprits.

He advised the government to direct more resources in rural areas in the coming years to improve the well-being of majority citizens through effective delivery of social services.

Domestic Revenue Commissioner with Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Elijah Mwandumbya said the authority relies heavily on accurate national data on population, for instance, to work out strategies for widened tax base.

He said during the past two years, many taxpayers were willingly paying taxes after witnessing the wise spending of the collected tax on different major development projects. Through various introduced tax measures, TRA boosted revenue collection from 800bn/- to 1.2trn/- per month.

The expectation is that the tax base will further grow as the taxman eyes to include more taxpayers from the private sector whose businesses are not yet registered with TRA.

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