Dar Es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), popularly known as Sabasaba, has received a huge response from participants who visited SIDO pavilion despite the challenge of taking precautionary measures against COVID - 19. The DITF started on 1 July and ended on 13 July 2020 where it was held at Mwalimu Nyerere Stadium, Kilwa Road in Dar es Salaam. The exhibition was attended by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from within and outside the country. SIDO emerged the first winners in the category of machines, equipment manufactures and engineering. The numbers of visitors for this year 2020 at SIDO pavilion increases and majority were attracted by Technology / machines and products displayed. They also asked for technology / machines, training and loans provided by SIDO.
SIDO pavilion was among the pavilions visited by the guest of honor Prime Minister, Hon. Kassim Majaliwa during the opening ceremony on 3 July 2020. On his visit, the Hon. Prime Minister was impressed by how SIDO supports Small and Medium Industries (SMIs) in its set up and development in the country. He was delighted to see the various machines manufactured by SIDO Technology Development Centers (TDCs) and some of the products manufactured by SMEs that seemed to be of high quality. He commended the entire SIDO leadership for being in line to support the fifth phase government in its implementation of making Tanzania an industrial country. He added that the government will continue to create a friendly and enabling environment to enable small and medium enterprises to grow and operate more productively.
SIDO Pavilion were loaded with various machines and products from Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) including those machines for value addition to agricultural products such as cassava processing machines, peanut processing machines, tomato processing machines etc. There were also leather processing machines, incubator machines, wood machines etc. Other products available include processed food such as spices, pickles, honey etc. Other include leather products, cosmetics, herbals, soaps, textile etc.
The Minister of Industry and Trade of Zanzibar, Ambassador Amina Salum was the guest of honor at the official closing ceremony of the 44th DITF on 13 July 2020. She congratulated the Presidents of Tanzania on the mainland, Hon President Dr. John Magufuli and on behalf of Zanzibar President Hon. Dr. Ali Mohammed Shein for the joint efforts they have taken to deal with the COVID ー 19 disasters. In her speech, Hon Minister Amina emphasized that large companies should invest in the processing of farmers' raw materials instead of the current situation where raw materials are exported, thus reducing employment opportunities for Tanzanian youth who could do such processing work. In addition, Hon. Minister Amina congratulated President Magufuli for enabling the country to enter the middle economy and also commended the innovations in technologies demonstrated by various exhibitors in the exhibition. She also commended SIDO for partnering with SIMIDA to share experiences and effectively implements the role of facilitating Small and Medium Enterprises in Zanzibar.
In handing over various trophies to government and non-governmental companies and institutions on the closing day of the exhibition, SIDO emerged victorious in the category of machines, equipments manufactures and engineering.