Prof Mpanduji: SIDO strong to nurture entrepreneurs

11Jul 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Prof Mpanduji: SIDO strong to nurture entrepreneurs

SMALL SCALE Industries Organisation (SIDO) affirmed here that it is now strong and well placed to nurture entrepreneurs in small and medium industries.

SIDO Director General, Professor Sylvester Mpanduji, told reporters here at the trade fair grounds in the city that the organization has a clear strategy and firm plans to foster SMEs, and train their owners and workers to enable them to be active participants in the middle income economy.

SIDO emerged the first winner in the technology category and third overall winner in this year’s 42nd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair.

“We believe our participation in this year’s grand fair has huge significance to Tanzanians because we are showing them the types of technologies we have and we are relaying to them our determination to train entrepreneurs,” he said adding that SIDO has positioned itself to implement the government’s resolve to build industries and make Tanzania a middle income country.

SIDO, he said, is encouraging and motivating Tanzanians to invest in small industries so that they can grow into relatively medium or big industries. If one million Tanzanians will each establish a small plant, he said, more than five million jobs will be created instantly.

SIDO’s vision, Mpanduji explained, is to see small industries emerging now become strong industries in 2025; industries that were started by local people from the very bottom.

“This year we have many participants displaying products of high quality. Hopefully, Tanzanians have learnt that to start an industrial plant does not entail many things,” the professor said.

The fair was opened by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa.

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