UK’s Secretary of State for International Development
THE SILVERDALE FARM CASE
“A disturbing case”
"The Silverdale Farm experience informs the assessments of the UK and other donors on the quality of the legal environment in Tanzania. UK Ministers have been very clear in discussions with the Government of Tanzania that it must significantly reform the business environment as the route out of poverty. Measures to improve the business environment are included in the monitoring framework for the UK's budgetary support. This year I reduced [Andrew Mitchell's manuscript underlining] the UK's budget support to Tanzania by 30%, demonstrating that we are taking concerns about weak progress very seriously."
From: letter of 3 August to the Chairman of the Lords' Economic Affairs Committee, Lord MacGregor