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Tanzania's FDI for 2009 expected to fall by 10% to USD 670mn

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  1. Invisible

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    Tanzania 's foreign direct investment is expected to fall by 10% to USD 670mn down from USD 744mn in 2008 on the back of the global financial crisis, which has made it harder for investors to access finances and caused companies to defer investments.

    Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) executive director Emmanuel Ole Naiko said the slowdown, which has led to a credit freeze and a fall in commodity prices, has also prompted many firms to put investments on hold until the situation improves.

    "We expected this number to grow to $700 million this year, but unfortunately because of this global crisis, I am looking at $640 million to $650 million," Naiko told Reuters on the sidelines of an international investors' meeting in Tanzania.

    Tanzania's economy depends largely on mining, agriculture and tourism. It is seen as one of the more appealing frontier markets and its relative stability in a volatile region has made it attractive to investors.

    Tanzania is also increasingly attracting investments to its financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and transport sectors.

    Despite the gloomy world prospects, Naiko was upbeat that the effects of FDI reduction would be cushioned by existing investors expanding operations in the economy's major sectors.

    "We will probably find a decline, but the decline will be covered by expansion ... by the foreign investors who are already here. We are not going to grow as fast as we anticipated, but it will not be as bad as some other countries."

    Earlier this month, Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete said U.S.-based Century Aluminum Co had postponed plans to build a $3.5 billion smelter in Tanzania, and Canadian miner Xstrata Plc halted plans for a $165 million nickel mining and extraction plant in the northwest of Tanzania.

    Tanzania's plans to float an international bond were also postponed late last year due to the global financial crisis. Kikwete said then the country would look at the plan again when conditions improved.

    Naiko said among the persistent challenges facing investors is patchy infrastructure like roads, unfavourable legislation, a dearth of strong local businesses to partner with foreign investors and insufficient numbers of local skilled labour.

    "We still need to develop skills for our people to ensure that foreign investors are not obliged to import skilled labour," he said.
  2. Raia Fulani

    Raia Fulani JF-Expert Member

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    I think we dont need 2 much FDIs.
  3. Josh Michael

    Josh Michael JF-Expert Member

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    I really believe that the implication of FDIs is really small amount when you compare with Capital flow from Tanzania up there
  4. Raia Fulani

    Raia Fulani JF-Expert Member

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    what u call outflow is basically raw materials. Cash is not capital but rather a conduit for facilitation of acquiring real assets for business

    TIMING JF-Expert Member

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    I dont know if he really means this or he is really understanding what these words mean anymore!!! he is one of the people who are absolutely inclined to mzungu phillic syndrome

    All we need is for Tanzanians to grab this opportunity, get supported, replace some of the FDI agencies and move through tough time intact

    Its only through our will and ownership that the country will develop

    Sijawahi kusikia nchi inaendelea kutokana na wageni bila initiatives and indigenous leadership