Dialogues and Platform

TNBC Forest Working Group

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Working Group.

The Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) has formed a Working Group with 7 members from private sector and 7 from public while AF and TNBC onboard as the secretariat for the working group. Co-Chaired by the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Prof Adolf Mkenda and SHIVIMITA chairman Mr Ben Sulus. The group seeks to address directly issues in the Forest sector with private sector directly involved. Launched on the 21st of November 2018 at the state house,It had 1st meeting was held on the 28th of January 2019 in Dar Es salaam and will be held once every month for the next 2 years directly bringing matters not sorted by the working group to the national business council chaired by the President of Tanzania.

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The Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC)

The Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) has formed a Working Croup with 7 members from private sector and 7 from public while from Public are Executive Director TFS Agency TFS Commissioner of Lands Ministry of Lands Ministry of Land Commissioner for R’Energy Ministry of Energy Ministry of Energy Tanzania Forest Funds TAFF RAS Iringa/ Njombe Forest Training Institute Chief Executive Officer Forest Training Institute and from Private members are FDT, African Forestry Chairman and CEO from Kilombelo valley teak (KVTC) ,CEO From New Forests Company (NFC) and CEO From Green Resource CEO From Tanzania Forest Conservation Group and TNBC onboard as the secretariat for the working group. Co-Chaired by the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Prof Adolf Mkenda and SIHIVIMITA chairman Mr Ben Sulus . The group seeks to address directly issues in the Forest sector with private sector directly involved. Launched on the 21st of November 2018 at the state house. It had 1st meeting was held on the 28th of January 2019 in Dar Es salaam and will be held once every month for the next 2 years directly bringing matters not sorted by the working group to the national business council chaired by the President of Tanzania. Hon. John Pombe Magufuli

FWG

Forestry working group

Forestry has been inadequate (underutilized) in the past. It is important to note that forest resources are an important catalyst for the promotion of employment and the economy of manufacturing forest products and to maintain or maintain a sustainable environment. The TNBC expects that members of this Forestry working group will bring suggestions and advice for implementation as soon as possible for the development of our country in Tanzania.Business Environment Working Group

Tanzania Tree Improvement and Research Working Group

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Tree Improvements Research Working Group.

The Tree Improvement Research Working Group is made up of representatives from key private sector actors and government agencies. In this respect, it is a powerful body which can possibly deliver on the mandate as described in the terms of reference. However, the TIRWG has several short comings which will impact negatively on performance. Most of the representatives do not have power to make decisions and recommendations on behalf of their organizations. They will have to constantly consult parent organizations for authorization, and this will delay decision making and commitments of the Working Group. As a mark of seriousness, organizations should be represented by persons who can make concrete decisions. The Working Group, although well represented by people from different forestry backgrounds lacks adequate professional capacity to implement the Tree Improvement program. The Working Group is not a legal entity. A non- legal entity cannot transact land issues or sign official documents on behalf of Stakeholders. The Working Group cannot obtain bank credit or grants without being a legally registered body. There are no funds committed by members for operations and TIRWG will find it extremely difficult to operate without funds. Members of the Working Group have diverse interests and will most likely push for agenda that suits their organizations. The Working Group might have challenges holding the group together. The work of TIRWG infringes on mandates of TAFORI and TTSA and conflicts between the organisations may arise. There are suspicions between the private sector and government agencies revolving around inefficiency in government operations and private sector motivation for profit versus service to the public. This could play out in the process of program implementation. 

TIRWG

Tree Improvements Research Working Group

Private Forestry Programme, Green Resources Ltd, FTI – Olmotonyi, FITI – Moshi, Mufundi Coffee and Tea (MCT), Tanzania Leaf Tobbaco Company (TLTC), Tanzania Tree Growers Association Union (TTGAU), Mufindi Paper Mills, New Forest Company , Africa Forest (AF), TFS – Tree Seed Production Center, Tanzania Forest Research Institute, Sokoine University of Agriculture, SHIVIMITA, UNILEVER Tea Tanzania Limited, Tanzania Forest Service, Sustainable Forestry Investment (SFI), Jambe Agro, TANWAT.

Engineering Wood Product Commitee

The National Engineered Wood Sector Development Framework 2021 2031 (NEWSDF) is a product of the Public Private-Dialogues (PPDs) undertaken by the Tanzania National Business Council - Forest Working Group (TNBC-FWG) between 2019 to 2021. The PPDs were catalyzed by the Government after realizing that the forest sector is one of the key economic sectors that can drive the Tanzania National Industrialization Agenda. This led to the formation of TNBC-FWG in 2018. The NEWSDF aims to achieve rapid forestry resource-based industrialization. Hence, it guides the alignment between the implementation of the National Forest Policy of 1998 and other national development policy priorities as stipulated in the Sustainable Industrial Development Policy (1996-2020), Tanzania Development Vision, 2025, National Economic Empowerment Policy 2004, Micro Finance Policy 2017, and the Integrated Industrial Development Strategy 2025. This NEWSDF will ensure coordinated efforts and increased contributions of commercial forestry to Tanzania economy. 

The process started by identifying Engineered Wood Sector development (EWP) as a priority agenda for PPDs in the TNBC-FWG in 2019. This was followed by feasibility and baseline research, which received financial and technical support from the Forest Development Trust (FDT), and further institutional support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) and TNBC Secretariats. The research was conducted by multi disciplinary teams including experts in economics, finance, technology, and forestry. A total of eight (8) studies were conducted between 2019 and 2021. These studies provided detailed information and data to the TNBC-FWG and Government about the economic and fiscal benefits that Tanzania will acquire if it embarks on EWPS development and promotion. Based on this evidence, TNBC-FWG formed a Taskforce to develop the NEWSDF 2021-2031. The TNBC-FWG NEWSDF 2021-2031 was endorsed by the TNBC-FWG in September, 2020. It was further endorsed by the TNBC Executive Committee meeting that took place on 17th June,2021. Later, in 26 June, 2021, during the 12 TNBC meeting, which was chaired by Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan, The President of the United Republic of Tanzania also endorsed the NEWSDF and called for immediate development of its Implementation Plan. Hence, both the NEWSDF and its Action Plan are in place.

In this regard, the TNBC acknowledges the contribution of everyone who participated in this important national development initiative. The development of this NEWSDF received technical backstopping from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, particularly on alignment with sector policy priorities. It received further technical backstopping from TNBC-FWG and Forestry Development Trust (FDT) especially in commercial forestry development in Tanzania. Also, the feedback from the TNBC's meetings, Executive Committee and Council PPDs were instrumental for the finalization of the document. We are grateful to all specialists who provided extra inputs during the preparation of the NEWSDF 2021-2031. We appeal for continued engagement and support during the implementation of this NEWSDF. TNBC guarantees their continued cooperation and engagement. Likewise, it is our expectation that the TNBC-FWG will continue to demonstrate its remarkable contribution towards the transformation of the Tanzania Forest Sector. 

Ministry of Finance Tax-Reform taskforce

Ministry of finance

Private forestry stakeholders organized an exposure visit for the Ministry of Finance Taskforce for tax reforms, towards understanding the role of commercial forestry in competitiveness-led export growth as part of the Tanzania five-year development plan.

Ministry of Energy Wooden Pole Commitee

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