Tanzania: Shinyanga Compiles Hawkers’ Database

Shinyanga — AUTHORITIES in Shinyanga have compiled a database for hawkers (Machinga), enabling the region to establish the number of hawkers it has for proper planning on marketplaces for their goods.

The database, which was launched in Kahama District over the weekend, is part of the region’s efforts in creating good environment for them to conduct businesses.

Shinyanga Regional Commissioner Christine Mndeme said the database will store information of hawkers, something which would simplify an exercise of allocating areas for them to conduct their activities without interferences.

“The government in collaboration with Tiva Insurance Company carried out a study on how to get hawkers information and feed them into the database, something which help us to make decisions on the allocation and construction of markets for them, involve them in health insurance and other development activities,” she said.

She admitted that previously they had no idea over the number of petty traders, but the newly introduced database would now help the region to reach them, including building friendly infrastructure for them to conduct their businesses.

The Regional Commissioner further assured that the government will continue collaborating with the private sector in order to stimulate economic activities in urban and rural areas, hence boosting the country’s economic growth.

The Regional Commissioner used the occasion to ask residents to ignore the misleading statements from some people over planned investments in the country’s ports.