October 2018 was a very exciting month for agribusinesses in Tanzania, with the launch of the Private Sector Desk at the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in Dodoma. This shows a clear determination of the government to work closely with the private sector to develop the agricultural sector and ease the process of doing business.
The Private Sector desk will run with the support of Agricultural Sector Policy and Institutional Reforms Strengthening (ASPIRES), which has offered technical support of personnel to run the Private Sector Desk at the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries. This means that agribusinesses will have the necessary expertise at the ministry which understands the complexities of their business concerns and also understands the intricacies of the ministry to offer the necessary guidance to ease the engagement between businesses and Government.
“This desk will help eliminate the red tape which has impeded the Livestock and Fisheries sector. It will further catalyse and improve the performance of the sector which will then translate into economic growth. ” Hon Luhaga Mpina, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries explained during the launch in Dodoma.
This launch comes from a constant engagement the SAGCOT Centre has had with the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries while it was under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture. In 2016, in an effort to work closely with the Ministry, through the SAGCOT Centre Policy Department, a SAGCOT Centre Focal Person was appointed in October 2016 who would represent the needs of the ministry in all policy engagement in the SAGCOT Policy Analysis Group.
Between March and May 2018, the SAGCOT Centre Head of Policy was privileged to be appointed, by the Hon Minister of Livestock & Fisheries, to become a member of two separate advisory committees to guide the Livestock Minister on the best ways to improve the Livestock Sector.
In August 2018, the Hon Minister of Livestock & Fisheries paid SCL a courtesy visit to discuss, in more detail, the importance and integral need for a public and private sector partnership to bolster the sector of Livestock and fisheries. It is from this discourse that the SAGCOT Centre Policy department, through the Policy Analysis Group (PAG), was directed to convene with the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) to collectively review and table a proposal on priority areas for the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries. Following these deliberations, the set-up of the Private Sector Desk was recommended.
“In 2017, livestock and fisheries sectors only contributed 6.9 percent and 2.2 percent for livestock and fisheries respectively, which is insignificant in comparison to the vast resources we possess as a country.” Mpina exhorted.
Through the joint partnership of the SAGCOT Centre, USAID, ASPIRES and the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries things are taking a step in the right direction to ensure that Tanzania establishes itself as an economic powerhouse in the East African region, which is only possible with constant engagement and partnership between public and private sectors -what we at SAGCOT Centre like to call the SAGCOT Way.