The structural and spatial features of industrialization in Tanzania 1966-1985: case study of Mbeya region.

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University of Dar es Salaam
This dissertation investigates the recent structural and spatial features of industrialization in Tanzania with special reference to Mbeya region. The choice of the study is guided by the importance of industrial development in the overall economic growth of the country. The background to the problem, literature review, statement of the problem, tentative hypotheses and research methodology are discoursed in in chapter one. The second chapter deals with the temporal dimensions of industrialization is a recent phenomenon in Tanzania. Chapter three examines the spatial features of industrial development and factors of industrial location in Tanzania. The chapter has revealed that there exists an un even distribution of industrial activities in Tanzania. The dissertation hypothesizes that the structural and spatial features of industrialization observable at the national level would tend to be repeated at regional level. Chapter four seeks to empirically determine the validity of the four tentative hypotheses advanced in the first chapter, namely. Firstly that industrialization is not only recent, but has tented to be localized in Mbeya town: secondly, that most of the industries in Mbeya town are raw material oriented; thirdly, that manufacturing industries contribute significantly to employment creation in Mbeya region. Fourthly, that manufacturing industries have contributed to the creation of significant contiguous industrial districts in Mbeya town. All the four hypotheses are accepted. Structural and spatial patterns of industrialization at the national scale tend to be repeated at the regional at the regional level. Overall it has been revealed that important structural and spatial changes have accompanied industrialization in Tanzania generally and Mbeya region in particular. Outstanding among the structural changes has been the structural shift from the basically consumer to the intermediate and basic goods industrial structure. As regards the spatial changes it has been asserted that industrial growth is an important space forming factor.
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Industries, Tanzania, Mbeya (region), Economic conditions, 1945-1990
Isote, G (1987) The structural and spatial features of industrialization in Tanzania 1966-1985: case study of Mbeya region, Masters dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam