Small and medium entrepreneurs have a reason to smile after the Ministry of Industry and Trade has embarked on a new strategy to offer them free-of -training toe enable them ‘conquer’ international markets.
Burhani A Mlundi, SMEs Department Director in the ministry told The Guardian at a workshop on Traceability, Barcode and Rules of Origin organized that some of the ministry experts are in Kilimanjaro, Singida and Manyara regions to organize training sessions for small scale entrepreneurs.
Without training he cautioned, SMEs will fail to meet their set vision and take maximum advantage of the changing global market.
In so doing, he said it will be easy for the experts to understand the status and needs of the small scale entrepreneurs who are scattered country-wide.
“This is a new strategy designed to support SMEs to create more employment, enable them to produce high quality products, change their livelihood, increase tax collection to government, raise sales and profit, improved company image, as well as contribute immensely to the national economy,” he said.
“We decided to effect this programme after observing that SMES are facing many obstacles when it comes to asserting themselves in the international market,” he said.
During the implementation every entrepreneur will be required to join in SME clusters to enable the ministry to provide training to them according to their needs, he said.
At least 36 enterprises from Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Coast regions took part in the training first carried out between May 9 and 12, this year.
“The main goal was just to help them produce products professionally and exchange ideas on the requirements production for export or for domestic markets,” he said.
He said SMEs is an important sector that contributes hugely to economic growth therefore its development is important in poverty alleviation.
Also, it plays an important role in employing the growing labour force and reduces the severe unemployment that threatens the survival of the community.
He called on the trainees to use the knowledge obtained for the intended goals and distribute it to their staff to meet the required market standards.
Reading the trainees’ speech on behalf of others, Mariam Majid Ahmed, said:
“As SMEs we ask the government to develop rules to protect products made in Tanzania and prevent counterfeit products from entering the country.”