Efforts to attract investors in Tanzania will only make a breakthrough with the presence of competent local investors.
This was a statement by Miss Tanzania Committee’s patron Emmanuel Ole Naiko at a function to bid farewell to Salha Israel in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
The Miss Tanzania is boarding a London-bound flight today to compete in this year’s Miss World pageantry edition.
Ole Naiko told the audience witnessing Salha being handed over with the national flag and urged to represent well the country.
Ole Naiko, the former executive director of Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) and a renowned investment expert, said Tanzanians needed to equip themselves with skills and knowledge on various investment projects.
“We should learn and acquire investment skills and be enterprising,” he said, adding: “this will help people see and utilise available opportunities for their own benefits and the country’s at large.”
He went on to say that it was crucial for people to realise that the world, Tanzania inclusive, was growing fast towards economic liberalisation where competition is stiff and, therefore, urged Tanzanians to utilise such an opportunity.
He noted that efforts to have competent local investors would help Tanzanians know how the stock market works.
“We should also work diligently with banks for any meaningful business or investment project to succeed,” he stressed.
Transport Deputy Minister Athumani Mfutakamba, who was the guest of honour at the function, told Salha to talk highly of Tanzania’s tourism and other investment potentials the country was endowed with.
“Go and spread the good name of our country abroad,” he said, adding that the government supported her wholeheartedly.
To show that his were not empty words, the deputy minister presented 5m/- to Salha. It was donated by members of staff from his ministry.
Speaking on behalf of the TIC acting executive director, TIC facilitation director Nakuala Senzia told Salha to promote Tanzania’s investment opportunities abroad.
“You are our ambassador,” she told Salha, while presenting to her US$2,000 and an information kit explaining various Tanzania’s investment opportunities.
Salha thanked all who helped her to be where she was today and promised to be a good ambassador of Tanzania.