Govt bans permits to foreign petty traders THISDAY REPORTER Dar es Salaam GOVERNMENT will this year stop issuing working permits to foreigners engaging in petty businesses reserved for locals. A spokesman of the Immigration Services Department, Abdi Ijimbo, said in an interview yesterday in Dar es Salaam that foreigners are only allowed to invest in major businesses requiring huge capital. Small and petty businesses that do not require a big capital investment are reserved for nationals, he explained. He made the remarks in the wake of growing concern from some Tanzanians that foreigners were engaged in retail and petty businesses which are the exclusive right of the locals. A survey by THISDAY has established that there has been a huge influx of foreigners from neighbouring countries and the Far East engaged in small businesses in the central business district of Kariakoo in Dar es Salaam and in the city's suburbs. The businesses conducted include selling jewellery, household items, spare parts, clothes, electronics, restaurants and other petty trades. Ijimbo said the Immigration Department will not issue permits to foreigners who engage in small businesses. He noted that a new procedure would be introduced to keep foreigners off-limits from petty trade. Working permits would be issued to serious foreign investors who have the capital needed to set up manufacturing plants and other major businesses, he explained.