Traders urge TANTRADE to maintain platform

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OWNERS of small industries and entrepreneurs have commended the ongoing Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) industrial exhibitions, asking the Tanzania Trade Development Authority TANTRADE to maintain their consistency each year.

In separate interviews with the ‘Daily News’ yesterday, they said the exhibition was an ambitious opportunity to them to market their products, and most importantly, their business.

Ms Msule Mwangofi, who owns a small industry for processing ornaments, said the overdue exhibitions will help her to increase the number of customers who she said had been collecting contacts since the exhibitions kicked off on Wednesday.

“Even if I get a single customer per day, I believe that customer will inform his/her colleagues who will later visit my main office located in Sinza in Dar es Salaam,’’ she said. Ms Mwangofi started her business in 2000 with a capital of 5,000/- , but today, she said her business stands at 5m/-.

According to her, the ongoing exhibitions will help her to market her business locally and internationally. With her business, Ms Mwangofi said she managed to pursue her Diploma in Business Administration that has to a greater extent helped her to boost her business skills.

Mr Isack Mohammed Hamour is an employee with the Zanzibar based small industry that produces food related products. He said the exhibitions were like a blessing in disguise as he managed to market the company’s business.

Mr Hamour who works with Mahanjumati Spices Limited said through the exhibitions, majority of the customers have been making frequent phone calls to request for the products. Another entrepreneur, Ms Happiness Tibaijuka, said people had received their company’s products with zeal and positive response.

Her company, Grace Products, deals with production and supply of locally made cosmetics. TANTRADE Acting Director General, Mr Edwin Rutageruka, said that the five-day exhibition will now be conducted every year beginning 2016 and that they will be going in line with the independence anniversary celebrations.

The aim of the trade exhibitions is to complement the fifth phase government’s ambition of transforming the country into a semi-industrial economy by 2025.

“We want to create awareness to Tanzanians to love our local industries through these exhibitions that have attracted 96 large industries and 45 other small and medium industries,” he added.

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