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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

COSTECH awards four clusters 32m/-

8th February 2013
Dr Anaclet Kashuliza

Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) has awarded four clusters a total of 32m/-  to help them expand their business.

The four clusters which got 8m/- each include Furniture Cluster Initiatives, Handloom Cluster Initiatives, the ICT Cluster Initiatives and the Wood Carvings.

"A Cluster is defined as a group of people of similar objectives positioned or occurring close together."

They were handed the cash by the Executive Secretary of the National Economic Empowerment Council, Dr Anaclet Kashuliza at the Kijitonyama based COSTECH headquarters Offices in Dar es Salaam.

Dr Kashuliza congratulated each one of them for the exemplary performance and challenged others to emulate or even surpass them in their endeavours for accelerated development in the country.

Speaking to representatives of the clusters who attended the event, the COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda said what COSTEC does " to facilitate you as representatives of the clusters," adding that "COSTECH links you with academicians to develop your business."

He said as of now COSTECH was now a parastal organisation under the Ministry of Communication, Science and  Technology (MCST) and is entrusted with the responsibility of coordinationg and promoting research and technology development activities both in Tanzania mainland and Isles.

As part of executing its roles, he said COSTECH has been supporting several clusters in the country and it has provided seed Fund of more than 80m/- to Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam" and its history dates back from the 1986  when it was established under Act  No. 7 of 1986.