The Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA)
The Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) has for the first time managed to open branches at the country’s wards giving a wider section of its members the opportunity to enjoy its services and improve business.
Speaking to this paper in an interview on Monday, the chamber's executive director Daniel Machemba, said the new branches were opened in Nyamongo ward, Mara Region and Songea District in Ruvuma Region.
the ward branches act as a links between members from village levels to district levels on issues related to business.
In another score, the chamber has opened 97 district branches throughout the country, meaning that only 30 districts do not have offices.
Machemba said some of the branches were opened over past 15 years ago, adding that the chamber is gearing to setting up more branches.
He said the chamber would continue to open more district branches depending on demand by businesspersons.
“Normally we open branches according to the number of businesspersons found in an area, the minimum number being 35,” he said.
On the other hand, Machemba said there are other regions where the chamber has managed to open centres up to ward levels.
“We have regions like Ruvuma and Mara where there are ward branches, this is a commendable step in business,” he said.
The establishment of TCCIA is an important step in moving on from a centralised, planned economy to a more open, mixed economy giving full scope to privately owned enterprises and farms.
He thanked the Swedish government through its development agency, SIDA, which has played a vital role in establishing the regional and district chambers, especially in providing training, office equipment and mobilising the business community.
TCCIA is not only operating on its own, it has established a wide network of organidations and associations and thus the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs of Tanzania (Faweta) has decided to come in as an affiliate.
“This is a positive development as the two organisations have complementing objectives. TCCIA takes the advantage of the network to achieve results with the device,” he said.
The autonomous TCCIA chambers in the country’s regions links the private sector to the government with a view to promoting the development of private enterprises.
By promoting matters central to business, the chamber acts as a link in dialogue with the government to sustained growth and development of the private sector.
All 21 regional chambers are non-profit, with nominal membership fees for its members. TCCIA which was established in 1988 currently has over 16,000 members.