SIDO KIGOMA INAUGURATES ITS REGIONAL SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISES ADVISORY COMMITTEE (RSMEAC)
Regional Small and Medium Enterprises Advisory Committee (RSMEAC) is an independent body charged with assisting and giving guidance in planning and implementation of SIDO activities in the regions. The committee will serve for three years effectively from December 2014 to December 2017).
The team is expected to bring in wealth of experience and expertise in various areas like private sector development, financial services, technology development and business growth strategies. We remain very optimistic that their presence will not only help SMEs redefine their growth paradigm but also help them unlock untapped opportunities. Soon after inauguration ceremony, some of the newly appointed RSMEAC members acquainted themselves with SIDO core functions especially that of the SIDO Kigoma Technology Development Center (TDC) which for many years has been playing a pivotal role in researching and developing highly innovative agro-processing machineries like palm oil digester, palm-nut cracker, palm-nut oil expeller, cassava chipper, cassava grater, soap mixers and milling machines which are all aligned to SIDO’s One District One Product (ODOP) strategy. Additionally, the TDC now has its fast moving line of products like paving making machines, inter-lock brick making machines and the most recent one being a wood planner. SIDO Regional manager explained to the new committee about the palm value chain concept. They were very much impressed with the economic activities taking place in the cluster palm nut oil extraction and soap making processes though to some extent the team was perplexed with a number of challenges facing the business community. At end the committee vowed to work hand in hand with every stakeholder in ensuring that some of the challenges are mitigated.