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Tanzania: Women to Discuss Crossborder TradeTuesday, November 04, 2014 > 09:45:54
MORE than 100 women entrepreneurs are expected to meet in Tanga Region later this week to discuss issues on cross border trade.
The Executive Officer with Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce (TWCC), Ms Suzan Mtui, said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that the aim of the meeting is to create a platform for women to discuss issues in cross border trade and challenges.
"Women entrepreneurs are still facing many challenges such as market information on their business due to competition from other neighbouring countries.
The platform will bring to light issues of customs, procedures to undertake while crossing the border, taking initiative and support from the family," said Ms Mtui.
She pointed out that TWCC in collaboration with Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) would bring together women and government officials working in the border points to discuss the challenges they were facing in cross-border trade and strategies to deal with them.
"The East African market is big but still we have not reached the point where other women in other countries have in terms of markets, packaging and competition outside the country," she said.
Ms Mtui said that TWCC has already created nine other platforms in the borders such as Tunduma, Sirari, Mtwara, Kigoma, Holili, Rusumo, Mtukula, Namanga and Mwanza.
She said that they were expecting to conduct a workshop with platform leaders next week to train them on proper leadership skills.
"The training will be conducted in Arusha and will be followed by experience sharing mission where members will have a chance to visit successful women in the regions and share experience.
Furthermore, she said by end of November, they would conduct training in Sirari border with women and their husbands and the topic would be on gender and the right and role of women entrepreneurs.
"The training will associate men because we want them to support their wives in any ways possible which could promote the success of this woman, who is an entrepreneur simply in the end the whole family benefits," she pointed out.