DEPUTY MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE ADMIRES SMEs WELL PACKED PRODUCTS
Recently the Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade Hon. Janet Mbene officially opened the Central Zone, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) products exhibition which took place at Community Development Centre grounds in Kigoma Ujiji Municipal. While making tour on exhibitors’ products from Dodoma, Kigoma, Singida, Tabora and other regions outside central zone and our neighbor country, Kenya; She was attracted by the majority of SMEs’ products particularly food products for reaching a higher level of packaging and labeling. Due to that, she urged Tanzanians to use the locally made products as are of high quality and durable. On government side, she promised to look the way of reducing importation of edible oils as our sunflower oil is comparatively of high quality and production is growing overtime. She also advised SMEs to borrow from banks to get money for working capital and investment so as to grow and expand their businesses.
While giving his opening remarks to the SMEs and Government Leaders from Central zone, the Regional Commissioner, Hon. Lt. Col. (rtd) Issa Machibya appreciated their participation as he viewed it as a way of honoring SME sector. He urged government leaders from the zone to continue with the same spirit so as to cooperate with SMEs in transforming the sector. He also advised SMEs to fully utilize the exhibition opportunity for promoting their products.
On the other hand the Director General of SIDO, Eng. Omar Bakari, reiterated his call that SME sector has utmost importance for economic development and poverty eradication. He said despite the prevailing challenges, many citizens of Tanzania are eager to enter in the sector. He therefore requested the government to increase Business Environment Lab within the Big Result Now Strategy (BRN).