Tanzania’s High Commissioner to Kenya Dr Pindi Chana made the advice during the 'Kagera investment forum’ week which began yesterday in Bukoba.
Dr Chana has said she has witnessed some traders incur losses for not knowing some issues about international trade for example basic issues such as, how much moisture is needed when exporting maize, where to park the luggage after arrival, agreements and other procedures.
She said Kenya has 529 companies investing to Tanzania, with the capital of 1.7bn/- and 56,250 employment opportunities for the EAC member states.
The forum is organised by Kagera Regional Commissioner, Brigadier General Marco Gaguti and brought together traders from the region, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.
The forum also brought together Tanzania ambassador to the mentioned countries to explore various opportunities available in neighbouring countries which can benefit Kagera traders and the country in general.
Tanzania’s ambassador to DRC retired Lt Gen. Paul Meela said 48per cent of Congolese are Swahili speakers, and the country is in great need of food and building materials especially in Bukavu, Goma and Kivu, where there is no much competition which Kagera traders can benefit a lot.
Ernest Mangu Tanzania’s envoy to Rwanda said Rwanda is a country of hills with no enough land suitable for agriculture, so they need food crops from Tanzania, notably bananas and maize,sardines and a big number of fresh fish as there international meetings held there .
He strongly advised the Kagera traders to partner with Rwanda traders who are experienced in international trade ,with markets in Europe and Asia, and that Kagera can do good in pepper agriculture which Rwanda exports in abundance,
Kagera R C ,Gaguti said Kagera region is one of Lake zone regions that constitute 27-percent of Tanzania population, and due to its strategic geographical location, the region is at the centre of the entire East African Community market of population about 190 million.
“This implies that goods and services produced in Kagera Region,have a potential market within the EAC and beyond,” he said.