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President Magufuli to EAC Artisans: Be More Creative, Competitive

The 16th edition of the annual EAC Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi Exhibition was officially opened on Wednesday  by the Regional Commissioner for Dar es Salaam, there Mr Said Meck Sadiki, cure on behalf of H.E. President John Pombe Magufuli, at the Mnazi Mmoja Grounds in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

In his speech, President Magufuli commended the Partner States, the EAC Secretariat, the East Africa Confederation of Informal Sector Organisations (EA-CISO) and Partners for the well-organized exhibition and for promoting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region.

President Magufuli urged Partner States to invest in human capital and called upon the artisans and the exhibitors to be more competitive, creative, and innovative so as to take advantage of the conducive environment prevailing in the region.

At the same occasion, Uganda’s High Commissioner to Tanzania, Hon. Dorothy Samali Hyuha asserted that the Medium and Small Enterprise sector plays a major role in Uganda’s economy in employment creation in both rural and urban areas.

Tanzania’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of East African Cooperation, Ms Joyce Mapunjo welcomed the exhibitors to Tanzania and noted that the annual exhibition was giving the sector the required recognition and the artisans were not afraid of the integration process.

She said the regional integration is meant for the ordinary people and they should be able to feel and enjoy its benefits and the Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi exhibitions provide the perfect forum for integrating the ordinary citizens of the Community.

The Director-General of the EAC Customs and Trade Directorate, Mr Peter Kiguta informed the guests and exhibitors that the theme of the exhibitionBuy Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) Products, Build East Africa, portrays the role the sector is expected to play in the regional integration as well as economic development process.

At the exhibition, Kenya’s High Commissioner to Tanzania, Hon. Amb. Chirau Ali Mwakwere was delighted that the quality of products had improved tremendously and can compete effectively with similar products from any part of the world.


The 16th edition of the East African Community Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi Exhibition is taking at the Mnazi Mmoja Grounds in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Over 1,000 exhibitors are participating in the 7-day event.

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