What We Do
BEST-Dialogue (formerly known as BEST-AC) is a programme that gives grants to Tanzanian membership organisations from the business sector. Such an organisation could be an association of farmers, miners, or tour operators, for example. Grants can help these organisations to receive training, or carry out research, so that they can help identify factors that make doing business difficult. Grantees present these factors to government with proposals for policies to help improve the business environment. Since it was established in 2004, BEST-Dialogue has supported over 34 private sector organisations (PSOs), or business associations, conducting this kind of advocacy work.
Why We Do It
The private sector has expanded over the years, but more change is needed as the global economy gets more competitive. In June 2013, Tanzania ranked as number 145 out of 189 in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, having dropped 9 places since the previous year. Neighbouring Rwanda ranked at number 32, having climbed 20 places.
From the micro-entrepreneurs to the big corporations in Tanzania, the private sector faces barriers such as: poor power supply, poor roads, numerous and costly permits, and high taxation. If doing business were simpler, more businesses would be able to grow, and even create jobs and this would result in a better economy for many Tanzanians.