Tanzania’s Small Industries development Organisation (SIDO) and the Vocation Educational and Training Authority have signed a three year agreement that will see the exchange of experts, knowledge and trainings for entrepreneurs.
The move is in support of the fifth government’s industrialisation initiative, whereby under the deal both institutions will direct their efforts towards enhancing small industries.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday soon after the signing ceremony, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Adelhelm Meru, said that Tanzania expected to have at least 15 per cent of its national income coming from the industrial sector by the year 2025.
“Most of the developed countries managed to get where they are today through enhancing entrepreneurs and small industries. The training you are going to provide will help create jobs through industries,” said Dr Meru.
SIDO Executive Director, Prof Sylvester Mpanduji, said that through the programme, graduates from VETA would be able to establish mini factories or industries. He said students would also be equipped with skills on how to run the industries.
“SIDO will send its experts to VETA to train entrepreneurs who after graduating will carry out their practical studies at our organisations before they are assisted to establish small-scale industries with funding from financial institutions,” he noted.
Prof Mpanduji elaborated that some of the youth will be assisted to write proposals and business plans, whereby the best project plan will be developed and funded.
VETA Acting Executive Director, Dr Bwire Ndazi, said since its inception in 1994, the core purpose of the authority was to provide knowledge to youth in order to enable them to employ themselves.
Dr Ndazi noted that the agreement with SIDO would help to generate skilled youths who will in future be absorbed by the industries. He said that industrialisation meant selling of goods, a situation that SIDO could help with by improving the quality of locally made products through training for entrepreneurs.
He said they would also advise municipal councils to spend the 50m/- allocated for each of the village in the country wisely to empower youths and entrepreneurs.
SIDO and VETA have existed for decades and have helped to reduce youth unemployment through their joint venture projects.