ENTREPRENEURS in Tanzania have been urged to aim at excellence for their survival and enhance their contribution to the country's social and economic development.
The call was made by the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) Co-ordinator of Entrepreneurship Training, Mr Patrick Chove, at a workshop in Mbeya recently. The training was organized by TIC in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) under the Business Linkages Programme.
"The nation recognizes your vital contribution to the country," he said. He said that it is because of that recognition that the government has several programmes to build capacity of entrepreneurs in the country, so that their contribution should be more meaningful to themselves and the country at large.
"Our appeal to you is to use the knowledge you have acquired to adhere to business ethics and develop further," he told the participants. The training involved 30 entrepreneurs from Mbeya Region but plans are underway to cover other southern highlands regions of Ruvuma, Iringa, Katavi and Rukwa.
Mr Chove said that TIC will continue offering such training all over the country to try to link local entrepreneurs with multi-national institutions and firms. "We aim at reaching all entrepreneurs in this country and train them to behave like others around in the world," he said, adding that all successful entrepreneurs in the world have similar challenges.
On his part, a consultant from UNCTAD, Mr Benedict Lema said that local entrepreneurs must learn business ethics if they want to succeed. "You must be faithful and work hard if you want to work with counterparts from outside," he said.
Business Linkages Programme is designed to create an environment conducive to sustainable business linkages between local SMEs and large foreign or domestic companies. It is an initiative which aims to promote creation of durable and mutually beneficial partnerships.