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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

SMEs now appeal for support from envoys accredited overseas

5th June 2012

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have appealed to Tanzanian envoys accredited to various overseas countries to promote their requirements as a way furthering their business needs.

This was said yesterday by Mariam Majid Ahmed a cashewnut processing entrepreneur on behalf of other SMEs at a training seminar on traceability for SMEs which ended in Coast Region recently.

The envoys should visit the areas where the SMEs work and, find what they want so as to help them overcome the impediments they are facing.

For example, she said the availability of appropriate working tools and high quality packaging materials is very difficult in Tanzania especially for SMEs engaged in food processing, textile and mining project.

“As SMEs we need support from our envoys working abroad because with their links, we can easily get investors for joint ventures,” she noted.

Although SIDO is working hard to support them, they are still in need of more support from the broader government to enhance their capacity in food processing by injecting food processing technology from abroad, she said.

In addition, they asked the government to develop rules to protect Tanzanian products and check imported counterfeits that have no barcode to enable traceability system have productivity to the nation,” she said.


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