27 March 2013

Tanzania: Private Sector Lobby Tout Capacity Building

Arusha — THE Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) has vowed to continue building capacity of its members to enable them penetrate and compete in the East African market.

Speaking to journalists at a meeting that involved TPSF Northern Zone members in Arusha yesterday, the foundation's Executive Director, Mr Godfrey Simbeye, said that they will strengthen business trainings of members to achieve that.

Apart from trainings, Mr Simbeye urged the members to strengthen their associations at regional and district levels as a way of becoming stronger as well. "Northern zone members are mostly situated along a border, it is our obligation to teach how to compete and win," Mr Simbeye said.

He noted that there is currently a programme called Trade Mark East Africa which seeks link the private sector with the opportunities found at the zone. He said that at the zonal level TPSF in collaboration with TCCIA have initiated another programme that seeks to make small and medium enterprises (SMEs) produce and sell more products.

"We want to make sure that TPSF members become strong, with one voice," he said, adding that district and regional business councils should co-operate with TPSF for better results. He urged district and regional business councils to honour their constitutions which want them to meet regularly, discuss their challenges and chart the way forward.

The meeting that sought to sensitize Northern zone members to work in clusters involved members from Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro. Under the new proposed system, a new TPSF board structure will be based on clusters and inclusion of special interest groups such as women, youths and the disabled.

There will be ten clusters that will be expanded depending on the changes in the economy. The clusters are agriculture; manufacturing/industry; extractive, and energy and tourism and natural resources.

Others are banking and financial services; services; trade and commerce; private sector organizations based in Zanzibar; regional business associations and women entrepreneurs. The Northern zone becomes the second after similar such meeting in lake zone a fortnight ago.

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