PRIME MINISTER RECOGNIZES AND APPRECIATES SIDO’S EFFORTS PROMOTE SMEs
Honorable Mizengo Pinda (MP), the Prime Minister of Tanzania opened the 6th Pan African Competitive Forum (PACF) Conference in Bagamoyo on 13th August 2014. The objectives of the Forum was to appraise progress made since the establishment of PACF in April 2008, to share knowledge and experiences across the continent on mainstreaming innovation and cluster- based thinking into the development agenda and strategies of the triple Helix (Government, business and academia)constituents to facilitate innovation, skills development and knowledge management for socio-transformation of Africa and to share experiences across the continent how mainstreaming of cluster initiatives into Government, Academia, and Private Sector policies and programmes facilitates enhance competitiveness, promotes regional integration and intra-African trade.
Before the opening ceremony, the Prime Minister visited cluster products that were on display and SIDO being one of the Organisations promoting clusters was also displaying its services. His comments on SIDO were “SIDO is doing very well and has very good programmes, but the only problem is the fund received from the Government is not enough”
In his speech to the conference, he commended the Organisations who are promoting cluster initiatives in the country under the championship of COSTECH. He said that cluster is the most effective way of enabling people involved in different sectors to come together and fight poverty. He tasked the Tanzanian Cluster members of the forum and its affiliates to increase the number of cluster trainees from the existing number of 200 to 500 in one year and a half so as to spread cluster ideas to many. He closed his speech by saying “It can be done play your part”
The Conference was attended by more than 200 participants from different African countries that are; Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, Rwanda, Ghana, experts from Scandinavia, Finland, Sweden and Japan and Tanzania the host country.