THE Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) - Tanga Branch, is planning to organize an international trade fair, capitalising on the geographical position of the city as a border town, its rich rural area and good infrastructure.
TCCIA and the Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TANTRADE) who organised the previous fair, have rated it as 'very successful.'
According to the TCCIA Chairman Mr Paul Bwoki about 400 exhibitors are expected to participate in the second Tanga International Trade Fair (TITF) due to take place at the same venue, Tangamano Grounds, from May 24 to June 3, this year.
"The expected number is three times larger than the number of exhibitors who took part in the first International Trade Fair," Mr Bwoki said.
He pointed out that there was a greater enthusiasm following the success of the first Trade Fair held in May, last year, saying that more companies, both local and foreign have expressed their interest to exhibit their goods in the Trade Fair. "We would like to make the fair a big occasion, second to the Dar International Trade Fair (DITF)," he said.
Available data show that Sh 50 million from last year's total sales from local exhibitors was collected during the ten day fair. The exhibitions were allowed four more days due to a high demand from customers.
The Chairman said that the main theme for this year's Trade Fair is "Enhancing Regional Trade and International Business Networking."
He called on exhibitors to register for the event which he said would provide an ideal opportunity for meeting traders in the East African m procarket. The deadline for registration is April 28. "The TITF is an excellent 'One stop Trading Centre' for reaching countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, for its reliable transport network by road, railway and sea," he said.
According to the TCCIA- Tanga Executive Secretary, Mr Charles Hoza, there would be no limit to the range of exhibits and exhibitors. Speaking on the Trade Fair, the Managing Director of Katani Limited, one of the major sponsors and participant in the Fair, Mr Salim Shamte called on Tanga residents to recognize their potential contribution in the national economy. "
Ours is a border town, the third largest port and has a rich hinterland, reliable infrastructure and ample land. We must raise the business status of the region and showcase what we have," Mr Shamte said.
Mr Hoza hinted that exhibitors would showcase their agricultural products, textiles, garments and including SME artistic products, manufactured products, ICT and computer software, trade and commerce services, construction materials, electrical goods and manufactured chemicals and cosmetics. Others are timber and furniture, machinery, financial services, social security funds, investment opportunities, central and local government participation and research institutes.
The Regional Administrative Secretary ( RAS) has reminded all local government councils to prepare themselves for full participation in the Trade Fair.
The RAS, Mr Benedict Ole Kuyan expressed dissatisfaction at the level of local government participation in the first Tanga International Trade Fair, saying the public sector has a duty to participate in such an important event because of their role as facilitators in the development process.
Only two district authorities (Handeni and Mkinga) and the Tanga City Council participated in the Trade Fair saying that this was a weakness on the part of the local Government administration.