Opportunities for businesses in Tanzania

The government's international network flags international opportunities and trends for businesses, in partnership with local parties and governments.

Opportunities and developments

Staff at our missions closely monitor economic, innovative and social developments. They identify opportunities, trends and local demand, for example for specific products or techniques. And they also monitor opportunities for and developments in innovation, international corporate social responsibility and procurement. This includes contracting by international organisations (website in Dutch).

For more information on international opportunities, see the International Business portal and the 'NL exporteert' app (both in Dutch).

Market and sector reports

Missions also compile market and sector reports (website in Dutch). You can also find reports by private parties, such as banks. This way, you can keep up with key business developments in the local market.

New business opportunities in this country or region

The embassy has identified the following sectors as having many opportunities for Dutch business in Tanzania.

  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Financial services

Other sectors with Dutch involvement include tourism and ICT.

Agriculture:

Agriculture is of major importance for Tanzania. In 2016 67% of the Tanzanians were working in the sector, but together they only produced 22% of the GDP. Most people are subsistence farmers and the sector has hardly been industrialized. Tanzania is implementing several programs to modernize and improve agricultural practices and it wants to invest more in agro-processing and other value adding activities.

  • Agriculture: Tanzania is currently very interested in obtaining Dutch expertise on high quality seeds and the development of the entire agricultural value chain. Recently, the Tanzanian government agreed to allow 14 new seed potato varieties to be imported from the Netherlands.
  • Horticulture: Many Dutch companies invest in horticulture with the aim of export. The horticulture sector in Tanzania is still small, but it shows a 6-10% annual growth in the last few years. The renovation of Kilimanjaro International Airport by a Dutch company, thereby making export easier, will hopefully help in continuing this line.
  • Livestock: The Tanzanian government strives to increase productivity in the livestock sector. Opportunities can be found in developing the livestock feed value chain and enhancing the genetic potential of livestock.

For more information please visit the following websites:

If you have any agriculture related questions, please send an email to dar-lnv@minbuza.nl .

Energy

  • Gas reserves

Large gas fields have been discovered off the coast of Tanzania. This brings the total of Tanzania’s proven gas reserves to 57 TCF. This almost equals the Dutch gas reserve in Groningen. A big part of the Tanzanian gas reserves is located a great depth. These gas reserves can play a major role in Tanzania’s future development. At the same time, the discoveries present interesting opportunities for Dutch companies. The Netherlands has already been working with Tanzania for quite some years to develop the gas sector, for example in the field of capacity building.

Negotiations about the exploitation of the reserves between the Government of Tanzania and oil and gas companies are ongoing, but expectations are that it will take a while before actual investments will be made.

  • Renewable energy

There is considerable attention in Tanzania for renewable energy. Tanzania has a lot of untapped potential for this kind of power generation. Hydroelectric power is already being used and the interest for wind and solar energy, biogas and geothermal energy is increasing. The renewable energy sector is very dynamic and presents a lot of opportunities for Dutch companies that want to contribute to sustainable energy development in Tanzania.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

If you have any questions concerning the energy sector in Tanzania, please send an email to the Regional Energy Coordinator at the embassy (rogier.verstraeten@minbuza.nl).

Infrastructure:

Developing, maintaining and improving infrastructure is very important for Tanzania. Economic activities in all sectors are hampered by a costly and inadequate transport network. If Tanzania wants to continue to develop its country and economy, big and continuing investments in infrastructure are required.

Tanzania has focused on a few big projects in the last years, like upgrading the air- and seaports. A lot has also been invested in improving the road and rail network. Different Dutch companies are involved in these projects and the embassy is supporting them where possible.

Recent developments in the oil and gas sector will also trigger the need for huge investments in infrastructure in the near future.

At the moment, the embassy is working together with the city of Dar es Salaam to come up with a joint program to address the Solid Waste Management challenge of the city.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

If you have any questions about infrastructure in Tanzania, please send an email to dar-ea@minbuza.nl.

Financial services:

The demand for financial services in Tanzania is still on the rise. The country is home to a great number of banks, but quality wise these don’t always perform well. Having a bank account is not as common and normal as in the Netherlands. However, mobile banking is very popular.

The embassy works together with Tanzanian and Dutch financial institutions to exchange knowledge and support capacity building. This way, the embassy also promotes their involvement in business support instruments like DRIVE, DGGF and FDOV and centrally funded or multilateral development activities.

A good example of a Dutch company active in the Tanzanian financial sector is Rabobank, which owns 35% shares of the National Microfinance Bank in Tanzania. At the moment, the embassy is identifying follow-up opportunities in the field of audit and tax support.

If you have any questions about the financial sector in Tanzania, please send an email to dar-ea@minbuza.nl.