SAPs And Trends of Industrial Trade in Tanzania
J. L. Shitundu (University of Dar es Salaam, Economic Research Bureau), G. D. Mjema (University of Dar es Salaam, Economic Research Bureau)
Download Article | Published On 01/07/1996

Abstract

For more than a decade now a number of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries have, willingly (or otherwise) accepted to implement Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs) as a response to serious economic imbalances that have dominated the economic atmosphere of the region since the late 1970s. Apart from declines in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), rising inflation and chronic balance of payment deficits, the economic situation in the region worsened in the first half of the 1980s and most countries in the sub-region were compelled to undertake reforms with the view to address the cited economic problems. This paper attempts to analyze the impact of the reforms in a specific SSA country (namely Tanzania) and limits its analysis to the impact' of SAPs on industrial trade of the country. The main conclusion from this analysis is that SAPs have produced rather mixed results in this sector and a number of tasks still lie ahead before the full potential of the sector is realized.

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