She handed out the cards at a short ceremony in Songea mid last week attended by the DCs, regional administrative secretaries, ICT officials, trade officials and the Regional Tanzania Revenue Authority manager.
Speaking at the event, RC Mndeme said president John Magufuli has issued the IDs and for this year Ruvuma Region has received a total of 58,000 IDs and 9,000 have been brought for the first phase while 49,000 will be distributed in the second phase.
She said the IDs will be distributed to petty traders qualified to receive them and added that for this year the exercise will be computerized for record keeping of the entrepreneurs and service providers.
“I am directing trade officers to ensure application forms for the IDs are filled and the money paid thereon – 20,000/- per one ID is banked,” she stressed.
She mentioned the number of IDs to be distributed in each district in the first phase with the figure in brackets as- Songea District (3,500), Mbinga (2,000), Tunduru (1,500), Namtumbo (1,000) and Nyasa (1,000).
Earlier, speaking at the event before introducing the regional commissioner, regional administrative officer Steven Ndaki said the aim of the IDs is to simplify the business management of petty traders.
Songea District Commissioner Pololet Mgema said last year his district was given 15,000 IDs and they distributed all of them to the petty traders.
In 2019 President Magufuli handed out 60,000 IDs to Ruvuma Region and by May 19 this year the region managed to hand out 55,607 and collected 1,112,135,000/-.