We work closely with key partners and stakeholders who provide a range of valuable services to existing and potential investors and manufacturers.

Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment

The ministry’s mission is to facilitate the development of sustainable industry and trade sectors through creation of enabling environment and provision of improved services.

It functions on the formulation, administration and review of policies and strategies for industrial and commercial development, creation of enabling environment for industrial and trade development, co-ordination and supervision of parastatal sector restructuring through privatisation and commercialisation, entrepreneurship promotion and development, monitoring of industrial sector performance, promotion of international trade through bilateral, multilateral and regional co-operation and export and import management.

Export Processing Zones Authority

The Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) is an autonomous Government agency governed by a Board of Directors. It operates under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. The EPZA is responsible for steering and implementing government policy on promotion of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Tanzania.

Other functions of the EPZA include successfully developing Export Processing Zones (EPZ) and SEZ infrastructure, provision of business services to foreign direct and domestic investors and issuing of EPZ and SEZ licenses. The Authority functions as a One Stop Service Centre for all prospective and existing investors.

The EPZ scheme promotes investment in the manufacturing sector.

The Government objective for setting the EPZ and SEZ program is;

  • To expand foreign exchange earnings;
  • To create employment and skill development;
  • To promote transfer of new technology;
  • To foster linkages between the local economy and the international market; and,
  • To promote the processing of local raw materials for export and local markets.

EPZA is well placed to offer a wide range of investor support services namely, investment facilitation, licensing, provision of SEZ infrastructure, linkages to a range of investment opportunities and many more.

Investment Facilitation Services
EPZA provides pre and aftercare services that include provision of guidance and comprehensive information about the establishment of EPZ and SEZ investment in Tanzania.

The Authority facilitates investors in obtaining factory space or serviced land in or outside the existing industrial / commercial parks, company registration process, administrative procedures in getting tax incentive and in obtaining visas and work permits.

The Authority also assists investors with logistics for clearing and forwarding of merchandise at the port, provision of useful contacts of key public and private organisation, identification of potential suppliers and partners for joint ventures as well as with post – investment support. These services are offered under the one stop service centre at the EPZA’s offices in Dar es Salaam.

Provision of SEZ Infrastructure
The EPZA is required by law to establish and regulate appropriate industrial and commercial parks to enable faster set up of EPZ and SEZ investments. SEZ infrastructure development is undertaken by EPZA in collaboration with the private sector. Infrastructure opportunities range from development of privately owned industrial or commercial parks to various forms of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) with the EPZA. Once such infrastructures are developed, they are declared as Special Economic Zones and thereafter the SEZ developer may sublease or sell factory space or serviced land on commercial basis to users. More information is available on the EPZA website here

Investment Information
As an Investment Promotion Authority, EPZA provides reliable and relevant information to investors to assist them in establishing their investments in Tanzania SEZs such information includes available investment opportunities, market information and other information related to SEZ investments.

EPZ and SEZ Licenses and Permits
EPZA is mandated by law to issue EPZ and SEZ licenses. These licenses are synonymous with the business licenses issued by Local Government Authorities and other Regulatory Authorities.

The EPZA has developed a useful FAQ document here

Tanzania Investment Centre

The Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) was established in 1997 by the Tanzania Investment Act to be “the Primary Agency of the Government to coordinate, encourage, promote and facilitate investment in Tanzania and to advise the Government on investment policy and related matters.”

University of Dar es Salaam - College of Engineering & Technology

The College of Engineering and Technology serves industry, government, NGOs, and the wider community through a synergistic approach involving teaching and research, consultancy and services, and technology development and transfer. It was established in 2001 through the integration and transformation of the-then Faculty of Engineering and the-then Institute of Production Innovation.

African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation

The African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation works to promote trade and increase market access for the cotton, textile, and apparel industry in Africa. It aims for an integrated cotton, textile and apparel industry in Africa that effectively competes on the world market.

Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. It aims to eliminate the need for aid by creating jobs and, in particular, unlocking the potential of women and youth. DFID also helps to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.


The Textile and Garment Manufacturers Association of Tanzania
TEGAMAT is in the early stages of establishing itself as the voice of textile manufacturing in Tanzania and bringing the concerns of the industry to the notice of Government. As it develops, TEGAMAT will also:

  • Participate in trade preference negotiations
  • Represent and support manufacturers at regional and international trade shows
  • Research potential markets for its members
  • React to situations that impact the industry
  • Coordinate relevant training and management briefings
Gatsby Africa

Gatsby Africa aims to accelerate inclusive and resilient economic growth in East Africa by demonstrating how key sectors can be transformed, achieved by;

  • Funding and implementing programmes that look to catalyse and influence large-scale and lasting change in priority sectors.
  • Building and supporting local organisations dedicated to sector transformation.
  • Sharing learnings with others who are trying to transform sectors.

Through this, Gatsby Africa hopes to create jobs, raise incomes and reduce poverty for people across East Africa.

David Sainsbury set up the Gatsby Charitable Foundation in 1967 to support causes in areas he is passionate about, including science and economic development. Gatsby has worked in Africa since 1985. Up to 2006, Gatsby mainly funded NGOs, R&D organisations and private consultancies to undertake projects in two areas: local institution building and agricultural research & dissemination.

In 2006 David Sainsbury left his position as Minister of Science and Innovation in the UK Government. His eight years as a minister, following his 35-year career at the UK retailer J.Sainsbury, had strongly influenced his thinking on the roles of the public and private sectors in driving economic growth.
He believed that to help generate large-scale and lasting change in Africa, Gatsby needed to be more ambitious and make more of its freedoms as a private foundation. Rather than fund many different and isolated projects, he saw a role for Gatsby in partnering with government and the private sector to transform the growth of entire sectors – such as cotton – via a holistic, long-term approach.

Since 2007 Gatsby Africa has gradually evolved to fill this role, focusing on both funding and implementing ambitious programmes in East Africa.

Gatsby Africa work in sectors with the potential for competitiveness and where growth could benefit large numbers of people – helping public and private stakeholders to tackle immediate constraints to growth as well as long-term structural challenges.

They support stakeholders to develop a vision for the sector by combining international learning and benchmarking with high-quality analysis of local, regional and global markets and trends. Gatsby Africa pilot new ways of working via partnerships with the private sector that look to test and prove inclusive business models that can be scaled and replicated.

They also seek to facilitate effective policy-making and public-private dialogue. Crucially Gatsby Africa looks to build public institutional capacity to regulate and govern markets effectively while creating the right environment for dynamic private sector innovation.

The ultimate aim is to help build competitive, inclusive and resilient sectors.
Resilient sectors have the institutions, incentives and capabilities in place to dynamically adapt to new challenges and opportunities and ensure continued, long-term growth.

They work in the Tanzanian cotton and textiles sectors, the tea sectors in Tanzania and Rwanda, and forestry sectors in Tanzania and Kenya.


The National Development Corporation (NDC) is a leading industrial development and promotion organisation established in 1962 as Tanganyika Development Corporations (TDC) by an Act of Parliament to fill the gap of financing critical development projects and take over the colonial development corporation (CDC) formed in 1950. In 1965, NDC was re established by the government to catalyse economic development in all sectors of the economy.

Cotton Programme

Tanzania Cotton Board is a statutory organisation that was formed by the Act of Parliament No.2 of 2001, and entrusted with the functions of overseeing the growth and sustainability of the cotton sub-sector. Specifically TCB deals with regulatory functions within the cotton sub-sector on behalf of the government which includes ensuring adherence to cotton farming procedures and regulations, ensuring steady supply of agro-inputs, maintaining a level playing ground for the cotton business companies and collecting, refining and disseminating information to the stakeholders.


Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade) was established by the Tanzania Trade Development Authority Act No 4 of 2009 that repealed the Board of External Trade Act No. 5 of 1978 and the Board of Internal Trade Act No. 15 of 1973. It is vested with regulatory powers to perform the activities related to both internal and external trade that had previously been performed by the Board of External Trade and the Board of Internal Trade.