The Strengthening Small Business Value Chains (SSBVC) project has officially launched!
Although it has been two years since the project began operations Tanzania, on February 2nd MEDA organized and hosted the official launch event for the KUZA-BIASHARA-SAWIA project which was attended by dignitaries from both the Tanzanian and Canadian governments, private organizations, other NGOs, and a number of businesses currently involved in the SSBVC project.
After speeches from project stakeholders PASS, Akiba Commercial Bank, Tanzanian Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Tanzanian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, MEDA was fortunate enough to have a few kind words given from both the Permanent Secretary of the Tanzanian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (MITI) Dr. Adelhelm Meru, as well as the Canadian Head of Cooperation Susan Steffen.
The two reaffirmed their commitment to provide the Tanzanian business sector with an environment that would enable growth, profit and prosperity. On top of this, the two governments agreed that the SSBVC project is a significant program for achieving this end.
“The government through my ministry will continue to support MEDA and Tanzanian businesses by fostering an environment which supports businesses as they look to expand their operations and makes starting and growing one’s business easier and faster than ever,” noted the Permanent Secretary of MITI.
After the speeches and an official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between MEDA Tanzania and MITI, the Permanent Secretary and MEDA Tanzania Country Representative Adam Diouf open up an SSBVC tradeshow, showcasing the businesses currently involved in the project.
The whole event, which went off without a hitch, was a success in establishing stronger relationships between MEDA Tanzania, the Governments of Tanzania and Canada, and the Tanzanian private sector, which will be crucial to ensure the success of SSBVC in the final years of the project.
Having received considerable coverage in the local papers, on TV and the Radio, MEDA Tanzania fully expects that the SSBVC project will be well recognized as it heads into the second half of its project life.
The launch of the SSBVC project marks an exciting time for MEDA Tanzania. With a suite of broad and effective programs taking place in Tanzania, MEDA expects to make a significant impact on Tanzanian businesses and the lives of Tanzanian’s as a whole.