Speaking during a seminar dubbed ‘The first annual Islamic women conference on Tanzania’s industrialization Agenda,’ NBC’s head of affluent banking, Ashura Waziri said through its B-Club network, the bank has launched a special program now in its third year aimed at building capacity for entrepreneurs including women.
The seminar which was crafted under auspices of the Muslim umbrella body Bakwata and sponsored by NBC, and held in Dar es Salaam last week, brought together over 3,000 women from diverse backgrounds and featured some of the country’s top female entrepreneurs.
“We have succeeded to build capacity for many entrepreneurs through training done in partnership with stakeholder from institutions including Tanzania Revenue Authority, Tanzania Trade Authority, Small Industries Development Organisation, Tanzania Investment Centre, Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, Tanzania Bureau of Standards and National Social Security Funds, to name but a few,” she noted.
“We conduct all our capacity building programmes for the business community through NBC B-Clubs hence would like to call on entrepreneurs with customized needs for business skills to get in touch with any of our branches spread around the country,” Waziri added.
Opening the seminar on behalf of Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, Angela Kairuki who is Minister of State at Prime Minister’s Office said the government is ready to make extra efforts to create an environment conducive for women to invest in industrialization projects.
During the event, Ilala MP and newly appointed Minister of State in President’s Office Environment and Union hon. Musa Azan Zungu who was among special guests, called on women to save their hard-earned income and invest, instead engaging in lavish spending.
Tanzania Food Processors Association of Women Entrepreneurs’ chairperson Halima Laizer said: “It’s high time women stopped being contented with posing as mere by-standers in the world of business, instead they should change their mindsets, mobilise their resources and get fully involved in setting up investment ventures.”
NBC which launched Islamic banking over a decade ago, has a whole range of Islamic Shariah compliant banking products namely La-Riba, including personal and corporate accounts; fixed accounts; business loans; employee loans, and forex contracts.
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