MEMBERS of the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Trade and Environment advised the members of the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) to be honest and fulfill their responsibilities in paying taxes in order to maintaining trust with the government.
This advice was given during a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday on the first day of their tour to familiarize themselves with the various activities of CTI members.
The committee members stressed that while the government is fulfilling its obligations in creating business-friendly environments in the country, the CTI must also play its part, as required by law. “The government has its responsibilities, and the CTI also has its role to play.
The sixth-stage government is working hard to be responsive and I believe our president’s ambition is to create business-friendly environments,” said committee vice-chairman Eric Shigongo.
According to him, everyone is witnessing the developments made by President Samia Suluhu Hassan, especially in improving the business environment.
But while the government is doing it, he said, industrialists must take responsibility by being honest to maintain trust between the two sides.
Mr. Shigongo, who is also an MP (Buchosa-CCM), said that while the government continues to create a business-friendly environment, it is equally important for businessmen to instil the culture of voluntary payment of taxes. .
On his part, Engineer Ezra Chiwelesa (BiharamuroEast – CCM) said industry owners should trace the origin, prompting the government to impose strong tax measures and laws and come up with solutions. “This will allow the committee to properly advise the government.
The government has already dealt with some of the complaints from industry owners and eliminated various nuisance taxes, so you too must take responsibility,” he said.
The legislator also pointed out that following the recently launched Five-Year Development Plan III, industries would largely depend on the competitive economy for human and industrial development. Legislator Haji Mlenge (Chakwa-CCM) from Zanzibar said he had always asked the government to ensure that CIT members work in a better environment, but he should pay his taxes in a friendly way.
The Executive Director of CTI, Mr. Leodegar Tenga, thanked the Bunge committee members for visiting them, so that they could witness what they were told about the activities of the owners of the industry.
He told the Committee members that the government budget for the financial year 2021/2022 was historic as it was released to address many challenges faced by CTI members and provided a very positive direction for industrial development. .
Mr. Tenga explained that the government’s budget has helped industrial owners to reduce operating and production costs and allowed industrialists to protect differently what they produce if the government arbitrarily allowed the sale of imported goods on the market. local market.