By SEBASTIAN MRINDOKO, 29th December 2011 @ 11:03, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 3485
GRADUATES from higher learning institutions have been challenged to grab opportunities offered by financial schemes to become job creators instead of blaming the government for not employing them.
This was said in Dar es Salaam on Thursday by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing Ms Joyce Mapunjo at the official opening of the stakeholders meeting on the National Intellectual Property Policy.
“Observations and experience show that majority of Tanzanians are lazy and are lagging behind in taking up opportunities offered by lending institutions to generate individual income as well as contributing to the growth of the economy,” she said.
She said Tanzanians should not complain for remaining poor but they should aggressively grab plenty of opportunities offered by lending institutions for investments as well as markets in the region, including the East Africa Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC).
She said the national policy would be meaningless if creativity which is geared at making unique goods for selling in both local and foreign market is lacking. She added that there is need to change attitude and become creators and not job seekers.
“By having variety of quality goods originating in Tanzania, the National Intellectual Property Policy becomes meaningful and beneficial to all those involved in the production chain as well as to the national economy,” she added.
Ms Mapunjo said the nation has generally made big strides in intellectual property in key sectors like agriculture and industry, thus calling for concerted efforts in protecting such achievements to benefit all Tanzanians.
She cited some key areas needing special protection including the natural resources, culture, names and geographical sites, arts and music. “Preparation of the policy is the milestone to achieve protection of these key sectors,” she said.
Earlier, Mr Beda Lyimo from the Prime Minister’s Office said intellectual property is a significant instrument in building the middle income economy and for poverty alleviation strategies.
“We need to protect Tanzanian made products in order to fetch the actual value in the market that will be reflected in the increased earnings to the local producers and the whole economy,” he said.
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