President Jakaya Kikwete on Thursday night urged manufacturers in the country to add value to local products to obtain international accreditation and enhance the country’s position in the world market.
He made the remark at the President’s Manufacturer of the Year Award (PMYA) ceremony at Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam, to recognize best local manufacturers of the year 2012 from 17 selected sub-sectors, who were presented with certificates and trophies at an occasion organized by the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI).
Tanzania Distilleries Limited emerged the overall winner, while Prestige industries Ltd took the prize for small industries, DPI Simba Ltd for medium industries and Kioo Limited for large industries.
Fully sponsored by IPP Limited, it was the eighth annual event since 2005, aiming at recognizing and appreciating the manufacturing sector’s role in the development process.
In appreciation, the organizers awarded the IPP Limited executive chairman Dr. Reginald Mengi with an appreciation plaque for the sponsorship of the event. After the President’s speech, he said in his vote of thanks that the sector will strive to its best to perform.
The industrial sector, with strong backward and forward linkages, has the capacity to generate high value addition, wealth creation and employment opportunities, vital for economic growth and poverty reduction, he stated.
The ceremony also enabled stakeholders to share experiences on matters affecting the industrial sector, where the president threw the challenge to manufacturers following an appeal by CTI chairman Felix Mosha. He had requested the government to seek ways in which the local manufacturing sector can be enabled to improve industrial products to higher standards.
In reply, the President reaffirmed that the government depends on local innovation and creativity in order to achieve utmost standards in manufacturing processes, despite challenges facing industrialists, including erratic power supply.
The president assured the gathering that erratic power flow would come to an end when gas delivery by pipeline starts.
He noted government recognition of the role of industries. Manufacturers provide the largest revenue contribution to the Treasury, he stated, qualifying the sector as the engine of economic development.
“The country depends entirely on decisions of members of this confederation,” the President underlined, suggesting a strategic plan for a certain period to work through to achieve specified targets.
He reminded the audience that trade competition was unavoidable, so what is needed at this juncture is to cope with emerging trends in technology to ward off obstacles to expanding market share.
Adding value on products enables the country to become a leading producer of quality products, he said, raising the possibility of a roadmap on how to go about it.
With that spirit the country would change industrially in ten years to come, he said.
The government is working on basic infrastructure such as railway for transport, and on the availability of water, to facilitate opening of industries in many other places.
Ensuring adequate electricity supply has been a problem for years as traditionally power generation has depended on hydropower sources, he added.