Mbeya Regional Commissioner, Abbas Kandoro
Entrepreneurs in Mbeya Region have been urged to be creative so that they could expand their ventures and offer more employment to other people.
The appeal was made by the Mbeya Regional Commissioner, Abbas Kandoro, when opening a one week entrepreneurship seminar which started on Monday in the region.
“Creativity is crucial and should be worked upon,” he said, adding that businesspeople should dare to work on new ideas.
He said the participants should make use of the training offered by the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) under the Business Linkages Programme so as to broaden their know-how and networks.
The Regional Commissioner also told the participants to learn how to better use financial institution services and the timely return of loans so as to build confidence and develop their businesses.
Kandoro said the government is committed to further develop entrepreneurs’ skills and that they should not shy away from the opportunity but effectively make use of it.
TIC Highlands Zone Manager Daudi Riganda said that the training involved 30 entrepreneurs from Mbeya Region but plans were underway to cover other Southern Highlands regions of Ruvuma, Iringa, Katavi and Rukwa.
One of the participants at the training workshop, Sophia Abdallah who is the Director of Asaky’s Investment said she was happy to receive the training which would enable her to further develop her venture.
“We really appreciate that we have this opportunity,” she said.
Business Linkages Programme is designed to create an environment conducive to sustainable business linkages between local SMEs and large foreign or domestic companies.
It is an initiative which aims to promote creation of durable and mutually beneficial partnerships between (affiliates of) transnational corporations (TNCs) and large local firms on the one hand and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on the other, so as to enhance the productive capacity, efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability of their relationships.
This programme was conceived as a fast track vehicle for creating a dynamic SME sector, which represents the backbone of the Tanzanian economy.