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Standards bodies for bilateral ties

21st February 2013
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TBS acting Director General, Leandri Kinabo

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and West Africa’s Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) have agreed to increase inter-organisational cooperation with the aim of sharing experience in internationally accepted standards as a means to pave way for increased business.

The resolve to that end was reached at the end of a three -day visit to Tanzania by a delegation of ten diplomats including members of Nigeria’s senate and SON experts under the leadership of Senator Nenadi Usman.

In her remarks, Senator Nenadi Usman underlined the need for commitment to harmonise the standards to boost client confidence. She explained that the visit was multi-fold with Nigeria on one hand in the process of reviewing SON standards have a lot to gain from TBS and Tanzania on the other hand looking to boost relations and trade.

"…a survey of Standards institutions in sub-Saharan Africa especially in legislation disclosed that TBS is one of the most outstanding and proactive with regard to standardisation trends and global best practices procedures…”  she explained.

On business interactions, she called for Tanzanians to seize the opportunity to sell their products to Nigeria and vice versa. It is to be noted that Nigeria is already in the process of setting up a cement factory in Mtwara region.

TBS acting Director General Leandri Kinabo, assured the Nigerian delegation of close cooperation and smart partnership with stakeholders to ensure production of quality products is the norm.

"… the visit has revitalised bilateral ties between our two countries…” he acknowledged.

During their three day visit, the delegation toured some TBS laboratories, made a familiarisation tour of Dar Port, visited the Parliament and  a review of TBS Standards Act.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN