Project profile — Creating a Business Enabling Environment for Sustainable Economic Growth


IFC - International Finance Corporation (44004)
2016-03-17 - 2020-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Tanzania (100.00%)


• Agriculture: Agricultural policy and administrative management (31110) (15.00%)
• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (10.00%)
• Mineral Resources And Mining: Mineral/mining policy and administrative management (32210) (20.00%)
• Trade policy and administrative management:
Trade policy and administrative management (33110) (20.00%)
Trade facilitation (33120) (20.00%)
• Tourism: Tourism policy and administrative management (33210) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (principal objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to create an improved business environment for up to 23,000 firms in Tanzania by addressing the country’s principle constraints to investment, productive growth and job creation. IFC will partner with Carleton University’s Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL) and International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET), Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) and Export Development Canada (EDC). By working with the Government of Tanzania, the private sector and Canadian experts, the project would reform national business, tax and trade regulations in order to improve market access, increase trade, investment and job creation and enhance private sector competitiveness. These interventions would in turn increase competitiveness and job creation in the agro-processing, tourism and extractive sectors in Tanzania, and, therefore, promote sustainable, inclusive economic growth and reduce poverty. Project Activities include: (1) Streamlining government procedures related to business licencing and inspection reforms; (2) Training and working with at least 100 officials from the Tanzania Revenue Authority to simplify tax administration, including value-added tax refund management, revenue collection and regularizing tax incentives; (3) Designing and implementing procedures for the removal of up to 20% of non-tariff barriers to trade such as red tape and customs delays to increase trade volumes and investment in Tanzania; (4) Facilitating public-private dialogue with at least 50 institutions involved in the agro-processing, tourism and natural gas sectors to develop supportive policies and establish market links for businesses; (5) Supporting the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and the Office of the Prime Minister to draft regulations and policies to increase local content development in the natural gas sector; (6) Providing support to public and private sector stakeholders to address supply chain bottlenecks, including the introduction of standards, certification and skills; (7) Employing gender sensitive analysis and providing training to local partners to support enhanced market access, private sector investment mobilisation and product diversification for female- and male-owned businesses in the agri-processing, extractives and tourism sectors; and (8) Training and mentoring local partners and Tanzanian officials to increase their capacity to plan for and manage results.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) increased competitiveness of businesses in Tanzania; and (2) increased private sector investments and jobs in the agro-processing, tourism and gas sectors in Tanzania. These results will contribute to the ultimate outcome of more sustainable and inclusive economic growth for businesses in Tanzania.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
13-05-2020 Disbursement $2,000,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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