By Felister Peter 14th July 2011 President Jakaya Kikwete is expected to lead a Tanzanian delegation to a historic business forum slated for July 19th this year in Pretoria, South Africa. The forum is jointly organized by Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing, Tanzania Embassy in South Africa and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). TIC Acting Executive Director Raymond Mbilinyi told journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the forum is part of the agency's programme to assist and encourage establishment of joint venture projects between Tanzanian investors and their foreign counterparts. "I call upon the business community in Tanzania to confirm their participation in this landmark forum," Mbilinyi said. He explained that the Tanzania-South Africa Business Forum will provide a platform for domestic business community to have one to one contacts with their South African counterparts to discuss various business opportunities they can venture in. The delegation will meet South African firms operating in various sectors such as agriculture and agro processing, construction, manufacturing, electronics, mining, health, tourism, general trading, information and communication technology (ICT), energy, infrastructure, service, education, water and sanitation and human capital development. "Businesses have prepared profiles that will be showcased in South Africa," he said, adding that will be geared toward getting collaborating partners and eventually make the recently launched Five Year Development Plan back home a success. Thanking the government for organizing forum, the Managing Director of Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), Dr Evans Rweikiza said the forum is a never-miss opportunity especially now that public private partnership (PPP) is a reality. "The business community should use this opportunity to the fullest," he said, explaining that the forum has come at the right time when various regional blocks such as East African Community (EAC) and South African Development Community (SADC) are planning to forge unity for greater regional social and economical benefits. An official from the Chamber of Trade and Industries (CTI), Neema Mhondo said the Tanzania business community should strive to learn from their colleagues in South Africa who are more advanced in terms of ICT, industries and other sectors. "We should be able to woo investors in the area of power generation in our country," she said, adding that the power problem in Tanzania should be viewed as an opportunity for the would-be investors. The Principal Marketing Officer from Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA), Emmanuel Nnko appealed to members and Tanzanians at large to use this rare opportunity to get exposure from businessmen in other advanced nations. There will be no participation fee but participants will have to pay for their own travel and accommodation costs. South Africa is among Tanzania's top ten countrie's in terms of trading and investments.