Tanzania is a low-income Sub-Saharan country which has over a number of years changed course from a centrally led economy to a more liberal and market-oriented one. Its GNI per capita has grown from 330 US $ in 2005 to 540 US $ in 2012.
This change of course is reflected in its WB Doing Business ranking which has improved from 140th place in 2006 to 134th in 2012. However, while several reforms have been implemented, there have also been setbacks. The enforcement of contracts is a case in point: while in 2005 it would take 21 procedures and 242 days, it would take 38 procedures and 462 days in 2012.
Tanzanian employers’ national and international interests are being represented by the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE), member of the International Organisation of Employers. DECP first contacted the ATE in 2006, undertook a fact-finding mission in 2007 and signed a partnership agreement in 2008.
Cooperation between ATE and DECP has focussed on developing income generating services, strengthening both ATE’s research and advocacy capacity, developing a sustainable regional structure and improving its communication with members.
DECP will continue to work with ATE in the development of its membership services and the drive to ensure that it moves towards a sustainable financial position. DECP also provides technical support to the development of the ATE regional office in Arusha as well as assistance for the continued development of the key advocacy role that ATE plays on employment issues in Tanzania.