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Tanzania: Women Told to Formalise TradeFriday, July 22, 2016 > 08:53:29
Women entrepreneurs in the country have been urged to formalise their businesses to get more opportunities.
The Executive Secretary, National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC), Ms Beng'i Issa told journalists yesterday in Dar es Salaam that through formalisation, women stand a better chance to make the best out of their ventures.
She was talking during a ceremony to hand over certificates to a group of women who completed entrepreneurship training under a project called MKUBWA run by Tanzania Gatsby Trust (TGT) and sponsored by Comic Relief.
The trainings for Dar es Salaam based businesswomen were run for three years. A total of 510 women were awarded certificates. "It is easier to get support from the government and other stakeholders if your businesses are formalised," Ms Beng'i told the gathering.
She said women should work harder to improve their lives and nation at large. She told the graduates that they should start formalisation processes by registering with the Business Registration and Licensing Agency (BRELA), getting barcodes for their products and meeting required standards for their respective authorities.
The government, she said, was continuing with endeavours to solve challenges facing entrepreneurs and that all district councils in the country have already been ordered to demarcate special areas for businesses.
The TGT Chief Executive Officer, Ms Olive Luena said the graduates were trained in various areas such as business management, bookkeeping, financial discipline, marketing and product innovation. "They are ready to go out there and improve their businesses or start new ones," she said.
Mr Luena said the project is supporting the government's urge to industrialise by empowering women to start small industries. Various products were exhibited during the graduation.
The Deputy Ambassador of Netherlands, Ms Hinke Nauta said her country will continue working with Tanzania and TGT to develop women entrepreneurs. "What is important is for women to produce quality products," she said.