Collaborations

Tanzania Gatsby Trust

In this connection, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between TGT and CoET in 2001. The elements of collaboration are as follows:

  • Student projects that have relevancy to SMEs;
  • SMEs survey country wide;
  • Establishment of pilot technology based SME incubator programmes;
  • Feasibility study on design and construction of low cost houses in Zanzibar
  • Establishment of Gatsby Clubs in the Western zone of Tanzania
Achievements
  1. Student projects that have relevancy to SMEs: Over 55 student projects financed by TGT which have relevancy to technological solutions to SMEs problems have been successfully developed since 2002;
  2. SMEs survey country wide (2002 - 2004): SMEs survey for the whole country and compilation data indicating the status of the SMEs in different zones has been completed;
  3. Establishment of Pilot Technological based Incubator: With the intervention of Carnegie Corporation from USA three pilot incubators have been established namely: Kibaha in Coast region, Lushoto in Tanga region and Morogoro urban in Morogoro region. The operationalization of these pilot incubators is progressing well. It is expected that once the pilot incubators prove to be successful, the project/programme will be extended nation-wide under the National Business Incubator Programme.
  4. Design and construction of low co st houses: A prototype house that was jointly designed with HABITAT has been completed in Zanzibar. This will now be replicated initially in Rukwa and Mtwara where the project was first initiated and thereafter countrywide.
  5. Establishment of Gatsby clubs in the Western zone: Seven Gatsby clubs have been established in the western zone under the TGT sponsorship aimed at assisting entrepreneurs to develop. The assistance includes training, financing, establishment of a common show room for their products (marketing), technology provision etc. The clubs include: four clubs in Mwanza (Ilemela, Sengerema Small Traders Gatsby Club, Nyamagana Gatsby Club and Sengerema Gatsby Club), two in Tabora (Sikonge Gatby Club and Nzega Gatsby Club), and one in Kagera (Ngara Club). Establishment of more clubs in other zones will follow after successful performance of the initially established pilot clubs.
  6. Establishment of Gatsby clubs in the Western zone: Seven Gatsby clubs have been established in the western zone under the TGT sponsorship aimed at assisting entrepreneurs to develop. The assistance includes training, financing, establishment of a common show room for their products (marketing), technology provision etc. The clubs include: four clubs in Mwanza (Ilemela, Sengerema Small Traders Gatsby Club, Nyamagana Gatsby Club and Sengerema Gatsby Club), two in Tabora (Sikonge Gatby Club and Nzega Gatsby Club), and one in Kagera (Ngara Club). Establishment of more clubs in other zones will follow after successful performance of the initially established pilot clubs.
Innovation Systems and Clusters for Tanzania (ISCP-TZ)

This programme, which is under the cooperation of Sida-SAREC and CoET, aims at improving opportunities for innovation, business formation and enhancing productivity. So far, seven innovative clusters have been established as indicated below:

  • Metal cluster in Morogoro
  • Mushroom cluster in Dar es Salaam
  • Seeds cluster in Arusha
  • Seaweeds cluster in Zanzibar
  • Natural heritage and tourism cluster in Bagamoyo, Fruit processing cluster in Morogoro, and Sisal cluster in Tanga.

Efforts are under way to establish the National Innovation System (NIS) aimed at ensuring that R & D results from colleges and higher learning institutions are converted into innovations which in turn produce new and improved products, services, processes for which there is a clear demand in promoting growth.

Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing (MITM)

The SME Section in MITM is the Implementing Authority of the proposed National Business Incubator Programme (NBIP), initiated under the auspices of the TDTC-TGT collaboration. To support the Implementing Authority in carrying out its tasks, a NBIP Working Group which includes MITM (Chairperson), SIDO, UDEC and TDTC (Secretariat) has been put in place.

University of Dar es Salaam Entrepreneurship Centre (UDEC)

The establishment of the business/technology incubator initiative at the Centre is being implemented in close collaboration with UDEC.

Institute of Collaboration Research and Technology Development (ICRTD)

TDTC is a member of ICRTD and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 31st August 2005 and include the following 8 other institutions dealing with technology development and transfer, namely;

  • Tanzania Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH)
  • Tanzania Industrial Research Development Organization (TIRDO)
  • Tanzania Automotive Technology Centre (TATC)
  • National Housing Building Research Agency (NHBRA)
  • Tanzania Engineering Manufacturing Design Organization (TEMDO)
  • Small Scale Industries Development Organization (SIDO)
  • Centre for Agricultural Mechanization Rural Technology (CAMARTEC), and
  • Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Environment Organization (TaTEDO)

The above "Sister Institutions Collaboration" is aimed at benefiting individual institutions and the country as a whole in carrying out research, technology development, technology transfer, consultancy and development of sustainable programme/projects.