Mwijage urges swift facilitation for factory builders

03Jul 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Mwijage urges swift facilitation for factory builders

THE Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Charles Mwijage, has urged government agencies to ensure that they swiftly facilitate the establishment of factories across the country.

The Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Charles Mwijage

 

Speaking this week during a one-day workshop that brought together people from various public and private sector bodies – that work closely with Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) - Mwijage said President John Magufuli would like to see factories sprouting across the country at a high speed, noting that the government would not tolerate any public official who would deliberately delay the industrialization goal.

“If a person has met all the requirements for establishing a factory, then go ahead and issue the required license. Do you think there is anyone in this country who wants factories to be set up at a faster speed than President John Magufuli?” he emphasized.

The workshop was part of activities to mark the World Accreditation Day, which is celebrated in June.

Mwijage said it was disheartening to note that there were some public officials who were still discouraging investors.

“Seriously, I still love my job. I do not expect discouragement from you (TBS), the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) and Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA),” he said.

He urged them to protect the market tirelessly from the influx of counterfeit and substandard goods, mostly in the cement industry.

“In the past we spent a lot of money to import cement, but now we have a lot of cement makers locally. 

Unfortunately, there is also a problem of counterfeit cement in the market…..with the demand for cement rising, some unscrupulous workers in some factories are tampering with cement quality in order to maximize their profits,” he said, directing TBS to work on the issue.  

He said it was due to tampering with the quality of cement and other construction materials that Tanzanians lived in fear over the stability of some multiple-storey buildings.

In his remarks, TBS Director General, Prof Egid Mabofu, said the bureau played a key role in protecting Tanzanians from fake, counterfeit and sub-standard products and assured the country that they will always exercise integrity and professionalism in conducting their responsibilities.

The World Accreditation Day is normally marked globally on June 9 but TBS had postponed the event to last week due to other engagements.

He said with President John Magufuli’s administration putting emphasis on industrialization, this year’s event was celebrated locally under the theme of—‘Delivering Confidence in Construction and the Built Environment’.

Chief architect from the National Housing Corporation Robert Kintu said the World Accreditation Day was important to architectural designers due to the fact that their professional decisions would determine the lives of the people who will live in the buildings upon completion of the construction phase.

“This is why we always work closely with TBS in choosing the right construction materials. Our goal is to ensure that people who come to occupy our buildings are protected,” he said.

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