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Train own workers, Chami tells enterprises

23rd February 2012
Industry and Trade minister Dr Cyril Chami

Industry and Trade minister Dr Cyril Chami yesterday asked employers in the country to start training staff at workplaces because no learning institution can produce tailor-made work force to fit all sectors.

Addressing the Eastern Central and Southern African Employers’ organisation conference here, the minister said studies have revealed that no employer was satisfied with the workforces recruited from the public learning institutions, including universities and colleges.

Dr Chami stated that most employers have been complaining of under-baked workforces being produced by colleges many of whom fail to deliveror are less competent.

“And they have been pointing fingers at the government saying it has failed to offer proper training to the youth,” he said, reminding that, most African states were poor and all the government can do is to provide education generally and not specialised training.

He further pointed out that, the best way employers can be assured of tailor-made workforces is through in-house training sessions that will groom their workers not only to fit with the particular working environment but also guarantee loyalty to the company.

“This is because when you train the workers to fit with your firm working environment, the knowledge may not necessarily apply to other firms and this will make them reap specialised skills to work in that particular firm as well as ensuring maximum loyalty,” the minister stated.

He also advised employers to allow their workers to pursue further studies within and outside the country so as to enable them to get exposure and added experience.

He also cited the world economic hardship, the debt crisis in Europe and budgetary constraints in the US as some of the challenges facing Africa today.

The minister urged African countries to take these challenges as opportunity to trade more with each other.

“With innovative and far-reaching policy strategies, Africa has the potential to become the next pole of global growth,” he observed.

For his part, chairperson of Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE), Advocate Cornelius Kariwa, revealed that about 19 African countries are meeting in Arusha to discuss ways of reducing the costs of starting and doing business in their countries.

“The cost of doing business in our region remains very high, making the African continent a less favorable destination for investments,” stated Kariwa.

He also said local employers had a role to lobby with their government to lower the costs of doing business.

The meeting has been organized by the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) in collaboration with other stakeholders.

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