PERMANENT SECRETARY FOR MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE VISITS SIDO REGIONAL OFFICES
Recently, the permanent Secretary for Ministry of Industry and Trade Mr. Uledi Musa accompanied with the newly appointed Director General of SIDO Eng. Omary Bakari, made a visit to three SIDO Regional offices that include; Iringa, Njombe and Ruvuma. This was his first Organizations’ visit since he was appointed by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania. The objective of the visit was to familiarize himself on activities implemented by SIDO and assess the progress of Rural Micro, Small and Medium enterprises programme (MUVI) activities Implemented by Value Chain Implementing Partners (VCIPs) that work under the supervision of SIDO with financial support from IFAD and the GoT. While at the regions he paid courtesy call to Regional government offices and met Regional Commissioners (RCs) for Njombe, Iringa and Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS) in Ruvuma. At Regional Commissioners’ offices he discussed issues on sustainability of MUVI programme particularly on the mechanism to mainstream MUVI activities in local government authorities’ plans and the way to adopt the concept of cluster development approach by regional governments for socio –economic development. At SIDO offices the PS and his mission met with staff and received the performance reports for the three years both on regional operational activities and MUVI Programme. He also visited the industrial estates, and thereafter, he met with VCIPs, partner radio stations officials and some entrepreneurs supported under MUVI programme. He appreciated the observed performance and encouraged the officials to offer services in businesslike manner and attain self financing for all SIDO activities. The mission emphasized the importance of Regional office to be innovative by using the available resources which are strategically located in their places by involving other partners in developing projects using the Public-private partnership approach. On the other hand he urged SIDO to facilitate infrastructure development for SMEs enterprises development. He recommended the development of infrastructure such as modern building in partnership with the institutions that are interested in mortgage business such as NSSF. This visit was very useful to SIDO and it is expected to be in a position to provide more relevant services to SMEs to improve their scope of operations and manage projects activities the same as that of MUVI programme.