SIDO ORGANISED KAIZEN AWARENESS WORKSHOP IN ARUSHA
Recently, SIDO, JICA and Tanzania Kaizen Unit (TKU) under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (MITI) organized KAIZEN awereness workshop seminar in Arusha, the seminar was conducted at KIBO Palace Hotel. KAIZEN is a Japanese word which means practice of continuous improvement. The guest of honor was the Arusha City Executive Director, Athmani Juma Kilamia. In his official opening speech, the guest of honor explained KAIZEN as the secret of best quality, productivity and that it is expected to play the key role of industrialization by strengthening competitiveness of Industries and skilled labor force, along with Infrastructure Investment. KAIZEN is also considered to be the President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli’s priority to improving the productivity of both the Public and Private Sectors. He also said that globalization has created new complexities in every Industry and thus requires new strategies and unique approaches. He added that, Sometimes it is needed to think the reason of why some countries have higher economic growth rates than others or why some Industries grow at high pace than others? Probably, the answer could be that they believe in changes for better improvement in order to survive in the competitive industrial world. That is the motive that leads to emphasize that Arusha and Northern Zone in general should also accept this challenge and therefore accept changes that improve production and management of resources. Kaizen team believes KAIZEN concept to play a vital role in introducing changes in Productivity and resources management.
Apart from the guest of honor, the workshop had several presentations about KAIZEN Project in Tanzania as presented by Takao Kikuchi who represents JICA and Tanzania KAIZEN Unit. Other part of presentations involved ways that KAIZEN can change the productivity in Tanzania.
The participants had opportunity to ask questions, provide feedbacks and comments of the day. It was good session that enabled the workshop organizers and KAIZEN team to acknowledge the participants’ feelings and the KAIZEN overview in general. Five (5) SMEs that own industries, volunteered to enroll KAIZEN program in their industries through SIDO support.