THE Tanzania Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture (TCCIA) yesterday started training its members to grasp and understand the dynamics of global commerce and trades.
The trainings geared to build capacity for the chamber’s members and other producers in the country to grab opportunities from regional and continental markets.
The efforts were announced by TCCIA president Mr Paul Koyi in Dar es Salaam when he opened a two days training for the chamber’s regional chairpersons and executive officers from 26 regions of Tanzania mainland.
The regional markets eyed for includes that of the East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African free Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA)
“Today we are launching a capacity building training to regional chairpersons, on issues like opportunities emerging in regional markets and how to compete and access them. This is very important if we are to grow our [business] and economy,” he said.
Mr Koyi said the training was done under the support of the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) through a business development scout project.
The capacity building training will later be taken to district leaders and subsequently reach the main part of TCCIA’s over 30,000 members.
The sectors which will be given priority in this capacity building are crosscutting ones which includes agriculture, industries, trade and manufacturing which has the potentiality of attracting foreign markets.
TCCIA’s Vice President Overseeing Commerce Dr Meshack Kulwa said that private sector players will be trained with skills of how to interpret policy issues and how to implement them for mutual benefits.
“TCCIA also looks to have the private sector in the country sensitised and understand the dynamics of global commerce and trades so that they can eagerly and profitably take part in regional markets and that of AfCTA,” he said.
Dr Kulwa, highlighted that some regions were in different corners of the country, therefore, were at an easier way of joining trade blocks to neighbouring countries.