Minister commends Dar firm for doling industrial skills to youth

25Jun 2019
Prosper Makene
The Guardian
Minister commends Dar firm for doling industrial skills to youth

PRIVATE investors have a key role to back government efforts in imparting industrial skills to youth who are needed to work in industries.

Deputy Ministry of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Policy) Antony Mavunde (C) listening to OpenSanit Group of Companies’ Managing Director, Octavian Mshiu (L) who briefed him on activities of his companies in Dar es Salaam this week. Looking on (R) is group’s Human Resource Manager Anastazia Kilonga. Photo: Prosper Makene.

Deputy Ministry of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Policy) Antony Mavunde said in Dar es Salaam this week after visiting OpenSanit Group of Companies where he had a firsthand account on efforts being made to practically train youth in various industrial skills.

Mavunde said the youth who included college graduate students are an important asset for the nation as the government champions industrialization and take the economy to middle income status by 2025.

“Investors in the country should have learn from OpenSanit Group of Companies which has taken many students from colleges and trained them practically, a move that assisted them to acquire vital skills qualify to work in industries,” Mavunde said.

He pointed out that investments made by companies such as OpenSanit should be supported by government agencies because the directly feed into development blue prints of the state.

“The government will continue working with investors like Octavian Mshiu of OpenSanit Group of Companies because of their efforts to also add value to raw materials before getting to the market,” the Deputy Minister added. He further praised Mshiu for directly employing more than 200 people through his group of companies while another 1,000 are beneficiaries indirectly.

On his part, OpenSanit Group of Companies’ Managing Director, Octavian Mshiu said that his group has five subsidiaries involved in production of uniforms, environment friendly bags and leather shoes in line with the government’s industrialization efforts.

“Our industries are producing health safety products such as uniforms, security gear, leather boots, embroidery, printing, tents, tarpaulins as well as manufacturing enviro-friendly bags,” Mshiu noted.

He stated that the OpenSanit Group of Companies will continue investing in innovation technologies targeting to produce quality products that compete in global markets.

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