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NMB Bank offers 12 return tickets to facilitate a 5-day study trip for two special groups in Kigali

NMB Bank recently handed over 12 return tickets to facilitate leaders of two special group that include petty traders popularly known as ‘machingas’ and ‘bodabodas’ operating in Dar es Salaam set to embark on a five-day learning tour to Rwanda’s capital Kigali that commences on February 6, 2023.

The trip initiated by the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Amos Makala a few months back seeks to give the special groups’ leaders on-hands experience on how to manage and operate their activities in a well-organized manner thus improving their efficiency.

Speaking during the handover ceremony held in Dar es Salaam recently, the NMB Bank Chief Internal Auditor Benedicto Baragomwa during the event said the bank believes the unique study trip will be a catalyst for the smooth operations of activities in Dar es Salaam city.

“As a development partner, when approached, we did not have second thoughts to sponsor this. We believe this will be a unique learning experience since Kigali is perceived to be the most clean and organized city in Africa at the moment. We believe the special groups’ leaders will be in position to implement all the lessons learnt during the trip back home and this will enable Dar es Salaam city to make strides in terms of organization as well,” Baragowa said.

He noted that officials from the bank will also be accompanying the leaders of the special groups so as to learn more banking products in Rwanda’s banking sector that could be introduced in the Tanzanian market.

“Seeing is believing. NMB bank officials will also be accompanying the delegation to farmilarsize themselves with various products available in the Rwandan market that we could capitalize on,” he added.  

He said that as the market leader in Tanzania’s banking sector, the bank is committed to continue investing in research to come up with more tailor-made products to cater for the interest of various special groups across the country.

“We have already introduced various special groups’ products, for instance ‘MastaBod’ to cater for the interests of special groups. As of December last year, loans amounting to 3.5bn/- had already been disbursed reiterating our commitment to support financial inclusion across the country,” he said.

The Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Amos Makala during the event said the special group’s study trip to Kigali, Rwanda will help to fast-track organization of various special groups operating in Dar es Salaam.

“When I first announced that my office would be facilitating a study trip for special groups including ‘machingas’ and ‘bodabodas’, I did not have any idea of how I would get the necessary finances. Our mission is to ensure that activities in Dar es Salaam are done in a more clean and convenient environment. Am glad that NMB Bank has finally come on board to support this noble idea and I believe that the lessons learnt if implemented well back here will enable Dar es Salaam to compete favourably with Kigali in terms of organization and cleanliness.

He added, “I informed the President Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan about this trip because she is so passionate about proper organisation of Dar es Salaam city since it’s the gate-way to Tanzania and I can gladly say that this trip has her blessings”.

He urged the special groups’ leaders to capitalize on the Kigali trip to build more networks with business men in Kigali that will in turn help to grow the volume of trade between Dar es Salaam and Kigali.

The Dar es Salaam Bodaboda Federation Chairman Said Chenja during the event expressed optimism that the trip will enable leaders to acquire practical and managerial skills for the smooth running of activities in Dar es Salaam.

“We are anxious but at the same time excited about the trip. We thank all the partners including NMB Bank and the Dar es Salaam Region office for facilitating this trip. As leaders, we promise to put into practice all the best practices that we will learn to make Dar es Salaam city convenient and competitive,” he said.

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