Bede Philip Lyimo
Bede Philip Lyimo is a holder of a BA degree from University of Dar es Salam and MBA, International Business Finance from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He joined the civil service, initially working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1970 – 1980. From 1983 to 1984 he worked in the Ministry of Trade as an Economist before joining the Ministry of Industry and Trade in 1984 following the merger of the then Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Trade in that year. He worked in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, as an Economist, for more than 20 years. Between January 2004 and June 2006 he was Assistant Director responsible for multilateral trade programmes. In June 2006 he left the civil service, on 3 years sabbatical leave, to work on the Program for Business Environment Strengthening for Tanzania, BEST (Government sister program for BEST-AC), as CEO of the Better Regulation Unit, located in the President’s Office, Planning Commission and responsible for coordinating the implementation of BEST. The Unit has been transferred to the Prime Minister’s Office, reporting to the Private Sector Development and Investment Division since September, 2008. Mr. Lyimo retired formally from Government service in December, 2010 and is currently working as a free-lance consultant on trade and private sector development issues. He has also served as a non-executive Director of CRDB Bank Ltd, Tanzania’s leading commercial bank, since 2005.