TRADEMARK East Africa (TMEA) on Thursday handed over to Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) computer software worth 167m/- to facilitate the SMS-based reporting mechanism as well as strengthening and improving communication of Non Tariff Barriers (NTBs) in all regional offices.
The TMEA Country Director Ms Paulina Elago said in Dar es Salaam that TCCIA was handed with 39 Desktop, 39 Smart UPS, 5 Scanner, 20 Printers, 1 Photocopier, 2 Dell Laptops, a server and related software.
"TMEA will be supporting TCCIA over the next four years to strengthen the capacity of the chamber to play a leadership role in advocating removal of NTBs in Tanzania.
TCCIA is a key partner in the promotion of intra-regional trade in the EAC" she said. The provision of equipment is part of a four year programme of support by TMEA to the tune of 1 million US dollars (about 1.6bn/-) to strengthen TCCIA's role as the private sectors' focal point on NTBs in Tanzania and supporting the chamber to play a leadership role in advocating for the removal of the barriers that seriously hinders the promotion of intra-regional trade.
The NTB online monitoring and reporting system will be administered by the Chamber staff both at national level and in the regions. TCCIA is the focal point for the private sector in Tanzania on NTBs and represents the private sector in the NTB National Monitoring Committee (NMC).
In his handing over remarks, David Stanton, TMEA's Deputy CEO Country Programmes said TCCIA plays an important role in creating an enabling environment for businesses to grow in Tanzania. "As the region continues to consolidate on the gains made through the customs union and common market protocol, trade has been growing in the region and this will have a positive effect on the welfare of East African citizens," he said.
He added, "TMEA seeks to develop capacities to input into the regional integration process, particularly with regard to research and advocacy skills and in trade negotiations, both of which are key deficits for civil society and the private sector." TMEA is a multi-donor organization currently supported in Tanzania by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Swedish Development Agency (SIDA) to promote regional trade and economic integration in East Africa.