Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) is an autonomous Government agency governed by a Board of Directors. It operates under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. EPZA is responsible for steering and implementing government policy on promotion of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Tanzania.
Other functions of EPZA include the development of EPZ and SEZ infrastructure, provision of business services to EPZ and SEZ investors and issuing of EPZ and SEZ licenses. The Authority functions as a One Stop Service Centre for all prospective and existing investors.
The EPZ scheme promotes investment in manufacturing sector mainly for export while SEZ scheme involves other sectors such as;
• Forestry, etc.
SEZ registers investments for both local and export markets.
The Government objective for setting the EPZ and SEZ program is;
• To expand foreign exchange earnings;
• To create employment and skill development;
• To promote transfer of new technology;
• To foster linkages between the local economy and the international market; and,
• To promote the processing of local raw materials for export and local markets.
EPZA is well placed to offer a wide range of investor support services namely, investment facilitation, licensing, provision of SEZ infrastructure, linkages to a range of investment opportunities and many more.
Investment Facilitation Services
EPZA provides pre and after care services that include provision of guidance and comprehensive information about the establishment of EPZ and SEZ investment in Tanzania. The Authority facilitate investors in obtaining factory space or serviced land in or outside the existing industrial / commercial parks, company registration process, administrative procedures in getting tax incentive and in obtaining visas and work permits.
The Authority also assists investors in logistics for clearing and forwarding of merchandise at the port, provision of useful contacts of key public and private organisation, identification of potential suppliers and partners for joint ventures as well as in post - investment support. These services are offered under the one stop service centre at the EPZA's offices in Dar es salaam.
Provision of SEZ Infrastructure
EPZA is required by law to establish and regulate appropriate industrial and commercial parks to enable faster set up of EPZ and SEZ investments. SEZ infrastructure development is undertaken by EPZA in collaboration with the private sector. Infrastructure opportunities range from development of privately owned industrial or commercial parks to various forms of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) with EPZA. Once such infrastructures are developed,they declare as Special Economic Zones and thereafter the SEZ developer may sublease or sell factory space or serviced land on commercial basis to users.
As an Investment Promotion Authority, EPZA provides reliable and relevant information to investors to assist them in establishing their investments in Tanzania SEZs such information includes available investment opportunities, market information and other information related to SEZ investments.
EPZ and SEZ Licenses and Permits
EPZA is mandate by law to issue EPZ and SEZ licenses. These licenses are synonymous with the business licenses issued by Local Government Authorities and other Regulatory Authorities. Once an investor obtains the EPZ or SEZ licenses he or she does not require any other license except for highly regulated industries like food and drugs.