Monday, 28 January 2008

Tanzania to build 13 EPZs to export goods to neighbouring countries

From The East African, Nairobi, Kenya

Tanzania will set up 13 Export Processing Zones close to border areas to help its business community access markets in neighbouring countries.

The new initiative seeks to export canned fish and beef, juices, leather items, soft drinks, mineral products, furniture, textiles and garments to the region by 2010.

The focus will be on Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Although the concept of duty-free EPZs has not done well in the region, with such ventures failing in Kenya and Uganda, the Tanzanian government has set aside a total of 2,000 hectares in regions such as Coast, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Morogoro, Mara, Mtwara, Kigoma, Mbeya, Kagera, Ruvuma, Lindi, Tanga and Mwanza for the purpose.

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