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2017/18 Korea-Tanzania Knowledge Sharing Program Policy Consultation on Support for Development of High Technology Park at Bagamoyo Special Economic Zone in Tanzania

The STEPI research team visited Dar es Salaam of Tanzania from November 19th to 25th 2017 in order to hold Inception Workshop and conduct pilot study for policy consultation on the development of High Technology Park at Bagamoyo Special Economic Zone (SEZ) with the Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) of Tanzania.

There exists substantial demand for a comprehensive review on master plan to develop the Tech Park at Bagamoyo SEZ that takes into consideration: 1) the formation of new technology-based firms and the growth of existing technology-based firms in Tanzania; and 2) attraction of large national and international companies thereby attracting foreign direct investments.

With this background, the government of Tanzania acting through the EPZA submitted Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) demand survey form to The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) regarding development, operation and technical assistance concerning the Tech Park in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.

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The STEPI research team led by Prof. Sang-Seon Kim, the Senior Advisor of 2017/18 KSP and ex-President of the Korea Institute of Human Resources Development in Science and Technology, visited institutes and relevant companies in order to identify the priority area and narrow the scope of KSP topics. Also, this visit included the discussion of the Aide Memoire and KSP implementation plans to effectively coordinate the 2017/18 KSP project.

The STEPI research team conducted pilot study by having a meeting with Commission for Science and Technology (COSTEC), and visiting firms within EPZA, Tanzania Telecommunication Company Ltd., and Kijitonyama Internet Data Centre. On-site visit toon Bagamoyo SEZ was followed by the Inception Workshop, in order to increase the level of understanding about the current status of the project area.

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The ten-member Korean delegation (eight from STEPI research team and two from KEXIM) successfully carried out the workshop, which was welcomed by Col. (Rtd.) Joseph Simbakalia, the Director General of EPZA, with agenda of reviewing the on-going master plan and providing practical recommendation on the organization and institutional framework for implementation of the Tech Park.

As a result, the delegation has identified the special needs of EPZA and recognized the strong desires of the Tanzanian government to successfully establish the Bagamoyo High-Tech Park. Both parties from KEXIM and EPZA reached an agreement on the contents of the Aide Memoire as well. The STEPI research team and EPZA agreed to co-organize the second visit to Tanzania in early February followed by a Policy Practitioners’ Workshop in early March, 2018. The Korean delegation and EPZA will continue to cooperate for the project which is expected to be accomplished by May, 2018.
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