ZIMBABWE DELEGATION OF FOUR PEOPLE VISIT TANZANIA.
A delegation of four people from the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development (MoSMECD) of Zimbabwe made a study tour visit to Tanzania from 11th – 19th April, 2012. The Tanzania Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) was the host of the delegation.
The objectives of the study tour were to learn and share experiences on the development of SME and Co-operative sectors with regards to regulatory environment, capacity building, access to markets, access to finance, access to technology, infrastructure development, institutional arrangement, and SACCOs development.
During the tour the delegation managed to visit some Ministries and Institutions apart from the host that include; Ministry of Labour and Employment; Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children; National Social Security Funds (NSSF); Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO); NMB Bank; Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) etc.
For SIDO the group visited SIDO Headquarters, SIDO DSM and Pwani Regional Offices whereby they learnt and saw services offered to SMEs practically. The group was very much impressed and at the end of the tour of SIDO; they commended the organization for the good work they are doing for the Tanzanian SMEs.
Generally, they were impressed with the many policies and strategies that touch SMEs development like the National Development Vision 2025, National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty, SME policy, Microfinance policy, Rural Industry Development Strategy, National Trade policy, National Empowerment Policy.
During the wrap-up meeting which was held at Ministry of Industries and Trade (MIT) on 18th April, 2012, the representatives from both countries (Tanzania and Zimbabwe), agreed that the SME sector is a major support to the economic growth in terms of contribution to GDP, employment creation, income generation and poverty reduction. They agreed to come up with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in future identifying areas of co-operations such as technology exchange, trainings, marketing information exchange, learning visits, etc. in order to strengthen the relationship of SME sectors and clients of the two countries.