Increase training days, entrepreneurs tell SIDO

22Jan 2018
The Guardian
Increase training days, entrepreneurs tell SIDO

SMALL scale entrepreneurs in Tanzania have requested the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) to extend days for training courses in order to enable them gain more knowledge and experience.

Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO)

Speaking over weekend in the city on behalf of others during  the closure of   food processing and entrepreneurship course which was  organized by SIDO, an entrepreneur identified as Baraka Emmanuel said the current five days were not enough  for them to learn.


"We urge this organization to extend number of days to at least seven from current five days this would enable us get more knowledge  on how to conduct our activities after the training," he said.


He also urged SIDO to build or expand more space for entrepreneurs to conduct their activities while attending courses.


"We have found that the current building is not big enough to accommodate all of us  , we ask the management to ensure that there is enough space  for training," he added.


Emmanuel appealed for the possibility of the organization to conduct similar trainings in regional offices.


"SIDO has offices countrywide, we urge the  management to establish similar courses in the regions that would enable more entrepreneurs access them and reduce unnecessary costs," he explained .


Speaking, the Dar es Salaam City Director , Sipora Liana, thanked the entrepreneurs for supporting the government's move towards industrialization drive spearheaded by President John Magufuli  .


She asked training graduate to establish their own small industries , employ Tanzanians and produce quality products that would compete at international  markets.


She urged SMEs to register with relevant authorities before embarking on  any activities.



She said if an entrepreneur wants to establish his or her own business must first make sure  has obtained all necessary documents  from relevant authorities.


Liana said registration with those authorities also gives an entrepreneur credibility of his or her products to be sold at any market in the country and beyond East African region.


She asked entrepreneurs to who completed their training to have a systematic way of doing their businesses besides respecting work contracts.


 Earlier,  SIDO Dar es Salaam Regional Manager Mackdonald  Maganga , asked the SMEs not to put their certificates in   on the shelves.


"You have to establish own industries , create employment and we will be supporting you in this move ," he said.




Explaining, he said  SIDO in collaboration with other partners have been supporting various SMEs to conduct their activities more easily.




According to him the organization has partnered with CRDB Bank to support  SMEs in agro processing industries.


"We want to support the  post harvest losses through the loans to be provided by the bank, we ask you SME  particularly those in agriculture to seek for it, "he added.


The five days  course was attended by more than 60 entrepreneurs from Dar e s Salaam , Morogoro and Coast regions.

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