KIGOMA: The government in the region of Zanzibar has pledged to continue to support President Samia Suluhu Hassan's directive to regional and district governments to work with small businesses by setting up areas that will allow them to do their business productively.

The head of the region in Zanzibar, Thobias Andengenye, made the remarks when he met with the leaders of the Zanzibar Regional Federation (SHIUMA) to discuss the various challenges facing them and how the challenges can be solved together between the businesses and the government.

The head of the Zanzibar Region stressed that the Government will continue to solve the challenges and improve the working environment for the group as it touches the lives of many people and that the regional government will continue to seek and isolate new areas that will allow entrepreneurs to do business productively while health and business security is considered.

Speaking at the conference, SHIUMA Regional Secretary Ali Mvano said they still face a range of challenges, including access to areas that allow their businesses to be held productively but also the challenge of loans from financial institutions and development institutions, including funding from councils.

Mvano also said that there are still no exact figures for the number of small businesses and through the session he called on entrepreneurs operating outside the federation to join in order to get their rights together and work in accordance with the country's procedures and laws.