AS the government strives to improve, establish and revive industries, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is offering training to various local traders so that they can supply quality goods at both local and international level.
The TMEA Director for Tanzania, Mr John Ulanga, said recently that they were aiming at building capacity to local traders so that their products could meet international standards.
He said the company was doing everything in its capacity to ensure local products meet standards to compete in East Africa, Africa and in international markets, including those in Europe and United States. Mr Ulanga said TMEA conduct trainings on quality through various institutions such as TBC, TFDA and GS 1 on barcode for Tanzanian produced product.
“Our aim is to make sure products from Tanzania compete in various international markets, we are therefore training traders on how to maintain quality to face international standards,” he said.
According to Mr Ulanga, TMEA offer trainings in different phases and that the biggest project well known as ‘Women in Trade,’ aim at building capacity for Tanzanian women in the business platform.
He said TMEA has allocated 12bn/- (5.3m/ US dollar) for the project, which aim at enabling women to improve their businesses and enable them to reach both local and international markets.
The TMEA boss said his office focus at offering training to women under the umbrella of Tanzania women chamber of Commerce (TWCC) “In the first phase women were trained on the best way to reach east Africa and other African countries’ markets, this time around, we are looking forward to train women on how to compete and meet international business standards,” he said.
TMEA is among institutions that strive to bring gender equality in doing businesses in the country. He said the study shows that 70 per cent of traders at various border are women.
According to Mr Ulanga, women face various obstacles in doing businesses, which include geographical, gender base