TANZANIA Trade Development Authority (Tantrade) has begun imparting business and entrepreneurship knowledge to local government grassroots leadership.
The training, a strategic initiative of Tantrade, started with 23 ward officers in Temeke Municipality, Dar es Salaam Region, but also designed to cover all councils in the country.
The acting Tantrade Director General, Mr Edwin Rutageruka, said the training scheme has a full package that includes a business plan, ways of securing loans and production promotion in a business venture.
“Many commodities are sold informally thus denying some revenue to the council,” Mr Rutageruka said. The training will also impact participants the benefits of trade fair concept and why they should attend the show annually, the acting DG said.
Mr Rutageruka said some vendors are highly talented changing their business pattern according to the weather forecasts but are respected accordingly.
“Petty traders know what to sell during sunny and rainy days. It is high time we formalise their businesses,” Mr Rutageruka told participants. The acting Temeke Municipal Director, Mr Erick Kilangwa, said the workshop set woo municipality’s middle class into starting small-scale industries hence creating direct and indirect jobs.
This was because ward officers are backbone of all local councils in the country because of their direct link to the people and are capable of organising them into start viable economic projects, Mr Kilangwa, who is the municipal economist, said.
Tantrade’s strategy is to train ward executive officers so that they unearth business opportunities in their ward levels and open the prospects and organise people to benefit from them.
Temeke, Mr Kilangwa said, has 40 big industries, 158 small industries and collect annually 18bn/- in public revenue. Temeke municipality hosts the headquarters of Tantrade. The municipality has 23 wards embracing 142 smaller grassroots local government units.