Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Vice-President Bilal Fetes Best Employers

THE Vice-President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, has called on employers to work closely with the government to ensure implementation of the Big Results Now (BRN) is made possible.

Presiding over the Employer of the Year Award (EYA) 2013, Dr Bilal commended the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) for organising the event, adding that ATE surveys on employers were necessary benchmarking for improvement of human resources in the country.

About 70 local firm participated in this year's survey where Vodacom Tanzania emerged the best employer of the year followed by CRBD Bank PLC and CocaCola Kwanza.

Other enterprises, in the top ten as best employers were Mantrac Tanzania, Tanzania Breweries Limited, National Microfinance Bank (NMB), Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), DHL, Geita Gold Mines and Social Security Regulatory Authority (SSRA).

The Vice-President commended the winners and urged them all to get rid of old and unproductive ways of doing things to maximise production.

The Minister for Labour and Employment, Hon. Gaudentia Kabaka (MP) urged employers to be innovative and called for creation of jobs in big numbers especially for the youth.

ATE Chairperson, Mr Almas Maige, hailed participants for their role in improving business competitiveness. He said ATE was committed to the annual surveys in efforts to adhere to local and international best practices in Human Resource Management.

ATE Executive Director, Dr Aggrey Mlimuka, said that one of the objectives of EYA was to recognise employers who have excelled in putting in place outstanding HR management policies and best business practices.

He said participants in 2013 survey were by both private and public sectors and is an indication that we are going on the top, in the struggle to improve human resources and increase productivity.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director General, Guy Ryder commended ATE for organising such a survey, saying, there was a need to do all that is possible to improve productivity and living standard of people. He called for public and private sector to collaborate for better economic prospects.

He was equally impressed to know that for the first time ATE introduced the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, thereby promoting the young people into becoming really employers.

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