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Finance and Trade Sector
In Babati town, most of the urban commercial activities are concentrated and carried out in a place known as Babati Mjini which forms the Central Business District of the town. However, a number of shops are located in the surrounding urban centre and corner-shops also found distributed in different areas in the town mostly selling the daily needed commodities of the respective residents.
Commercial activities range from retail to sub-whole sale shops and other small scale entrepreneurs. Most of the foodstuffs come from areas within Babati District in Manyara Region. Some consignments of food stuff are brought from as far as Makanya in Same District, Kilimanjaro Region. Other commodities and goods other than food stuff mostly imported from areas outside the town. Second hand clothes, for instance are brought from Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Kenya. Shoes are imported from Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Kenya.
Alike in other urban centers in Tanzania there are two categories of commercial and trading activities in Babati Town. The formal commercial activities and the informal commercial activities. While formal business is carried out in designated places, informal trading is conducted haphazardly in undesignated areas/sites such as along road reserves all around the Central Bus Stand, at the Central and Silent Inn Markets and also at open spaces situated in different parts of the town.
The sector provides employment opportunities to a large number and a cross-section of the people dealing with petty trading business in Babati town.