Municipal Investment Promotion Strategy

Position: International Development Consultant

Funding Organization: USAID

Implementing Organization:

  • International Executive Service Corp (IESC)

  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

  • Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

Program: Feed the Future Tanzania Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise Program (ENGINE)

Direct Report: Faith Patrick, Deputy Chief of Party, ENGINE Program

Project Duration: 45 Days

Project Location: Dar es Salaam, Kyela, Mbeya, Iringa, and Kilosa in the Republic of Tanzania; and Wete and Chake Chake in Zanzibar.

Program Summary:

The USAID funded ENGINE Program works at the Local Government level, using a broad-based approach to engage with Local Government Authorities (LGAs), private sector associations, business development service providers, financial institutions and small and medium enterprises. The program’s activities are divided into three main components: 

  • Component 1: Implement policies for growth. Build the capacity of the private sector to effectively dialogue with the government to set the policy agenda and improve the capacity of the public sector to implement policies. 

 

  • Component 2: Equip businesses for growth. Strengthen SME capacity and foster the growth and capacity of a sustainable market for business development services in Tanzania. 

 

  • Component 3: Access to finance for growth. Broaden access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), especially women and youth entrepreneurs and those working within agricultural value chains, to facilitate increased investment and growth. 

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Project Summary:

Partnered with a Tanzanian consulting firm to create Investment Profiles and Promotion Strategies for 6 local governments by collaboratively engaging with public and private stakeholders to assess the existing investment ecosystem, analyzing industry and agricultural data to identify competitive advantages, identifying and prioritizing existing investment opportunities, and applying international investment standards to recommend policy improvements for investment promotion and investment facilitation activities.

Project Results:

  • Managed a consultant team to complete a collaborative facilitation process that included fifteen workshops between government officials, businesses, and community stakeholders to evaluate existing investment promotion and facilitation practices and build consensus on targeted investment opportunities.

  • Led the completion of an environmental assessment of the existing investment promotion and facilitation system with a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis.

  • Directed the data collection process and economic analysis of all relevant information pertaining to geography, population, topography, existing industries, agriculture production, and public infrastructure.

  • Utilized the technical analysis to guide participatory discussions with key stakeholders in order to determine targeted industry sectors and to identify and prioritize potential investment opportunities.

  • Integrated investment promotion best practices with the economic analysis and prioritized investment opportunities to generate community investment profiles.  

  • Summarized relevant development strategies from the national, regional and local government authorities and identified existing strategies that would support the community investment profile.

  • Drafted investment policy recommendations to increase partnerships, coordination, private sector engagement, regionalism, communication, and systematic data collection from multiple government agencies.

  • Created a monitoring and evaluation framework to increase local government accountability and to ensure the implementation of the investment policies are done in an equitable and sustainable manner.

 

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