PERMANENT AND DEPUTY SECRETARY OF MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND INVESTMENT VISIT SIDO HQ.
Accompanied with Deputy Permanent Secretary, Mr. John Malongo and Director of SMEs section Dr. Consolata Ishebabi, the Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing (MITI) Hon. Adelhelm Meru, visited SIDO with the aim of familiarizing with activities carried out by SIDO.
Speaking to Staff of SIDO Head Office during his visit, the Permanent Secretary said that, they have decided to visit SIDO to get more familiar with activities carried out by SIDO and also bringing a message delivered by the fifth Phase Government which put greater emphasis in establishment of industries that will ensure manufacturing sector reach 40 per cent of all jobs created in the country by 2020.
SIDO has been supporting MSMEs in Tanzania in collaboration with other organizations such as TIRDO, EPZA, CARMATEC, TEMDO and others. SIDO as a Governmental organization seem to have bigger chance in implementing this as it provides services to MSMEs all over the country through its offices established in each region of Tanzania. It is the matter of SIDO to rearrange itself to ensure industries are established all over the country as the country has enough resources to be used as raw materials for making varieties of products and add value to agricultural products.
Tanzania is endowed with natural resources; the industries that the government is focusing are those that will provide opportunities of building production system that are sustainable and locally based.
Other issues discussed during the visit were challenges staff are facing in the implementation of their normal activities of the organization. Among the challenges mentioned were low salaries and lack of incentives, whereby the Permanent Secretary promised to work on them.