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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signed to enhance National Trade Performance and to create Favourable Business Environment in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signed to enhance National Trade Performance and to create Favourable Business Environment in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar

Zanzibar 4th May, 2016:

Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) and Zanzibar National Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (ZNCCIA) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in various trade related matters to enhance the national trade performance by creating the favorable business environment in the two sides of the union. TCCIA is a member based Private Sector organization established in 1988 with a current member base of 20,000. Services provided by TCCIA to the business community include business information, training, advocacy, business supportive initiative (i.e. processing business license) and business promotion activities. TCCIA is a national focal point for combating Non Tariff Barriers (NTBs) but it is also a certified authority for issuance of Certificates of Origin. ZNCCIA does similar activities conducted by TCCIA but with an Island scope. ZNCCIA issues Certificates of Origin in Zanzibar but also it has a unique service of providing Barcodes a role which is played by a different organization in the Mainland.

The MoU signed today by the two parties will enable them collaborate in several issues related to trade facilitation and general trade promotion in the country. In a way, TCCIA and ZNCCIA have been collaborating informally in several issues including execution of Rules of Origin. But this MoU opens up a broader scope of collaboration and most specifically on trade facilitation by combating Non Tariff Barriers (NTBs) and efficiently carry out execution of Rules of Origin through technology.

2Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) is a Non-Government Organization funded by a range of donors with the aim of growing prosperity in East Africa through trade. TMEA has supported the signing of the MoU as a primary activity in setting up for a much bigger support to ZNCCIA.TMEA has allocated $100,000 on supporting ZNCCIA to go electronic in the issuance of Certificates of Origin and also to introduce SMS and Online System of reporting and monitoring NTBs. TCCIA is expected to share its success stories and give technical support to ZNCCIA on implementation of Electronic Certificate of Origin System and NTBs SMS and Online Reporting and Monitoring System.

TMEA has been supporting NTBs work in Tanzania since 2012, with over US$ 1 million spent through TCCIA. Through TMEA’s support in 2013, TCCIA won a global award from The Word's Chambers of Commerce Competition in Doha, Qatar under the best international project category. Through the NTBs elimination programme Tanzania has been able to eliminate over 80 NTBs from 2012 to 2016.The Electronic Certificate of Origin has also enabled TCCIA to issue more than 500 Certificates of Origin electronically from July 2015 to April 2016.

This MoU is therefore another milestone for both TCCIA and ZNCCIA in creating favorable business environment in Tanzania, which will enable private sector actors to tap into the highlighted opportunities.

For more Information please contact:
Elibariki Shammy
Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) Project Coordinator
Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (TCCIA)
 P. O. Box 9713,
Dar es salaam,
M: +255 76747 72 05 T: +255 (22) 2664842

Website: www.tccia.com

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