Mineral dealers in Rukwa Region have been urged to process the product locally in order to increase value and expand employment opportunities among the youths.
The call was made by the Regional Commissioner Eng.Stella Manyanya who noted that the region has abundant minerals which are yet to benefit its people particularly small scale miners because most of them are exported in raw form.
“Doors are open to investors and we want to process minerals here in order to add value to them and increase employment opportunities for our people,” she said.
According to her the region is rich in mineral deposits and was looking for more investors in the sector.
The region has prepared long term strategies which would see more investors in various economic areas, she said, adding that last year’s Lake Tanganyika Investors Forum has yielded fruits, whereby some business people have shown interests to invest in the region.
The Rukwa region has great economic potential and if utilised properly, can transform people’s lives from abject poverty by exploiting the investment opportunities.
Eng Manyanya said other sectors of economy which needed to be marketed to investors include agriculture, infrastructure, tourism, fishing, transport and Kalambo waterfalls which is the second largest in Africa.
According to her the region is strategically, bordering Zambia, Burundi and DR Congo spewing a vibrant cross border trade which has benefitted the people in the area.
The government through its various institutions and agencies has taken different measures to ensure that there would be a conducive investment climate in the country.
They include provision of reliable power supply, infrastructure, hotels and the hospitality industry.
Opening the Lake Tanganyika investors forum late last year, President Jakaya Kikwete said the government was committed to push for countrywide investment promotion to enable more Tanzanians benefit.
“It is my desire to see investments spread all over the country and not concentrated in a few lucky places. Since the fourth phase government came into power in 2005, more emphasis and efforts have been directed towards promoting development and growth of investments in Tanzania.