RC SHINYANGA URGED SMEs TO OFFER PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO MINING COMPANIES
The Regional Commissioner of Shinyanga Honorable Ally Nasoro Rufunga Urged Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) to use opportunities available in Lake Zone to Produce products and offers them to mining companies operating in Shinyanga, Geita and Mara regions . He emphasized this when he read a speech on behalf of the Minister of Industry and Trade Hon. Dr Abdallah O. Kigoda during official opening of SIDO Lake Zone exhibition for SMEs products. He said that, there is a big market in mining areas as they require quality products and services. Therefore SMEs are required to be innovative in producing enough and quality products to satisfy the market. Currently mining companies do import services and products due to lack of local supplies but if the local supplies are available at the required quality and standard, it is obvious that they will procure most of our locally produces.
He also urged SMEs to be curious on the services offered by institutions which also exhibited at the Lake Zone exhibition in Shinyanga Municipal that include; TBS,TFDA, EFTA, WMA, NMB TPB, MINING Companies and District Councils as these can add more value to their operations. On the other hand the Shinyanga RC promised to multiply SMEs speech and send to all Regional Commissioners as some of the issues raised are in their mandate in addressing them.
On the other hand the Director General of SIDO, Eng. Omar Bakari, in his speech mentioned different efforts being done by SIDO to promote SMEs in Tanzania include One District One Product (ODOP) Strategy. His emphasis is in partnering with stakeholders to implement the whole value chain in order to bring more impact especially in employment generation. He mentioned the sisal value chain which was present during exhibition as an example of value chain that covered all aspects.
260 SMEs from 16 Regions and neighboring Country of Kenya participated the exhibition and 294,417,450 Sales and orders were realized.