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The Governance and Economic Policy Centre (GEPC is a nongovernmental Organisation registered in Tanzania under the companies Act as a Limited Liability Company. It was started and registered in 2014 by a team of professionals with extensive working experience in Civil Society, governance, economic policy advocacy, taxation, Trade, Banking and Law. The organisation’s existence is driven by a motivation to bridge the existing gap between trade, taxation, law, governance and economic development. It is further informed by the absence of a critical institution providing informed, consistent, independent discourse, advocacy and engagement between the private and public sector on the contemporary issues in trade, taxation, governance and economic development in the country. The level of civil society, citizen’s interest and engagement on these issues is quite low.

Government’s competency and commitment is scanty. Yet these issues will be critical in achieving the post 2015 millennium development agenda. This is our first strategic plan. During the initial four year operational period, we will focus on governance, taxation and trade as development challenges facing Tanzania and the region. We will engage in analysis and creating opportunities for discussion and influence of the governance, taxation, trade and economic development discourse. In developing this plan we have resourced widely from the best practices and civil society actors to inform our operations. The first strategic period will also be a learning phase to enrich our future engagements.

Background

Governance, Trade and Taxation have been sidelined in recent development discourse and policy debates in Tanzania and the East African Region in general. Yet as populations increase and foreign aid resources become scarce good governance, trade and taxation will be the future drivers of economic growth for developing countries. The economic progress for countries like Tanzania will depend on effective use of their resources to participate in interregional and international commercial trade. The private sector and non state actors will be key players in economic growth and development.

Tanzania is by any standards a very rich natural resource country. How the government positions itself will be vital for guaranteed future sustainable growth. Leveraging governance structures, trade and tax policies to benefit from this natural wealth will be important. The participation of citizens, civil society organisation and private sector engagement will be vital in shaping this agenda. Investment in good leadership and accountability institutions to deliver efficiently and responsively will be core.

Building local resource mobilisation capacity, entrepreneurship and trade will be core in the defining future multilateral cooperation and aid structures. Already key development partners like the European Union, USAID and UKAID-DFID have already indicated in their future forecast that development aid in the form of ‘aid money’ will not be forthcoming-Trade and taxation will be the core for development cooperation and less developed countries will be supported to trade effectively amongst themselves and the countries in the North. It is for this reason for example that the UK government in 2013 prioritised Trade, Taxation and Transparency in what it described as the 3Ts for Growth during its G8 Presidency. According to the British Prime Minister, David Cameron ‘In this era where foreign aid is going to be difficult to come by, African countries should be given the capacity to use their resources to finance their development endeavours The President of Tanzania, HE Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete in 2013 and 2014 also reiterated Tanzania’s commitment towards trade, taxation and transparency for growth. These will be the country’s priorities for the future.

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