• A robust NIA has been established with strong country ownership, including a dedicated team of officials for the NIU. The NSC is the Trade Integration National Steering Committee (TINSC) chaired by the PS of the MIT. Tanzania has undertaken a capacity assessment and development plan.
• MKUKUTA II (the second national development strategy, for the period 2010/11-2014/15) recognizes trade as an engine for economic growth and envisages a future where Tanzania could become a regional trade and logistic hub.
• TTIS was further developed into the operational Trade Sector Development Programme (TSDP) finalized in March 2011.
In the context of Outcome 1; the NSC membership comprises the PS-level representatives from Trade Sector Line Ministries (TSLM), CEOs of key parastatals, heads of Apex Business Organizations and representatives of donor partners. Tanzania also has the Trade Integration Technical Committee (TITC) led by the Director of Policy and Planning, which meets at the director level and reports to the TINSC. A network of Sector Trade Policy Analysts is located in TSLM and forms a permanent body of trade experts in Line Ministries that can be called upon and can form working groups when required.
In preparation for the Tier 1 and other AfT projects, Tanzania has established the Trade Integration Coordination Team (TICT) as the NIU. The Team is staffed by Government officials and is based in the Department of Policy and Planning.
The MIT has recently undertaken, with the support of DANIDA, diagnostic work related to institutional strengthening. A capacity needs assessment has been undertaken with the associated report and plan underlining capacity gaps and assets including the division/units that are in charge of monitoring and managing TRTA and the EIF/AfT process. Mainstreaming trade reviews also pointed out outstanding gaps in the coordination of trade policies and the mainstreaming trade process. The Capacity Assessment and Development Plan will be an important guiding document in implementing Tanzania's Tier 1 project.
Tanzania's DTIS was undertaken in 2004, with a prioritization workshop in September 2006. In June 2007, the Cabinet formally approved the DTIS. The Tier 1 project envisages an update to the DTIS.
A National Trade Policy was launched in 2003. In response to the DTIS, a Tanzania Trade Integration Strategy (TTIS) 2009-2013 was developed and endorsed by the Government, DPs and the private sector in 2008. The three goals of the TTIS are: (a) Government of Tanzania Formulation Capacity of Trade Sector Development Strategy including Mainstreaming of Trade in MKUKUTA (Tanzania's overall development strategy) Strengthened; (b) Government of Tanzania Implementation Capacity of Trade Sector Development Strategy Strengthened; and (c) Private Sector Capacity to Participate in Trade Policy and Strategy Formulation Strengthened.
In the context of Outcome 2, the MKUKUTA II (the second national development strategy, for the period 2010/11-2014/15) recognizes trade as an engine for economic growth and envisages a future where Tanzania could become a regional trade and logistic hub. Engagement to develop the next development plan will begin from 2013, which should provide an opportunity for synchronization of the DTISU with the process.
In the context of Outcome 3, a Matrix of donor projects exists. A Private Sector and Trade Donor Group meets once a month with DANIDA having been the chair in 2012. There are possible plans for a Thematic Sector Working Group on Private Sector Development and Trade (Government, DPs and the private sector) at both the high and technical levels. In addition, the UN Trade Cluster is undertaking a joint project in Tanzania.
In the context of Outcome 4, the TTIS was further developed into the operational Trade Sector Development Programme (TSDP) finalized in March 2011. The TSDP aims: (i) to fully mainstream trade into the policies, expenditure framework and institutions of the Government, including enhancing the Government's management and implementation of AfT resources; (ii) to strengthen the competitiveness of Tanzanian exporters by ensuring their products and services meet internationally recognized standards; and (iii) to strengthen the competitiveness of Tanzanian exporters by lowering the cost of trade facilitation and improving the trade information and trade promotion infrastructure. The EIF Tier 1 project will implement Component 1 of the TSDP focused on mainstreaming trade into the policies, expenditure framework, and institutions of the Government, including enhancing the Government's management and implementation of AfT resources. Financing for the other two components will be sought bilaterally.
The Government of Tanzania has dedicated resources in establishing the TICT.
On-going and planned projects in Tanzania include DANIDA (BSPS III focused on negotiations and public/private sector support); EU (TASP – trade policy formulation, quality support and Trade and Agriculture Support Programme); IFAD Rural Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Support Programme (MUVI); Switzerland (coffee, UN Trade Cluster); TradeMark East Africa; UNIDO (trade competitiveness and market access); ITC and UNDP support.