The industrial mapping framework according to Prof Ole Gabriel is aimed at guiding industrialists on when and the right areas for them to establish industries.
Speaking during a visit to the organisation, Prof Ole Gabriel said the establishment of the industrial mapping would help industrialists to decide in which region, district or province they can establish their industries and what product to produce as per technical advice.
According to him, among TIRDO’s mandate is to assist the industrial sector of Tanzania by providing technical expertise and support services to upgrade their technology base.
He said the government will work towards investing and equipping the Tanzania Industrial Research Development Organisation (TIRDO) for it to play its key role in producing innovative researches that would help push forward the country’s industrialisation drive.
“TIRDO is among institutions which we need the most as we are heading to the industrial economy, so equipping it was crucial,” he said.
For his part, TIRDO Director General Prof Mkumbukwa Mtambo said that the organisation had started conducting a feasibility study to come up with strong industrial mapping.
He said that through the development funds allocated, TIRDO should be able to purchase new high performance Liquid Chromatography machines that will help in checking food quality.
“The new machine will help more entrepreneurs test their produce before exporting them, thus securing markets in foreign countries.
Prof Mtambo further said that despite other responsibilities, TIRDO carries out applied research, for the development of suitable technologies, and value addition to indigenous resources through industrial processing.
“The organisation also offers training on food processing, food packaging, food safety, Good Manufacturing Practices, Good Hygienic Practices, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point for outlets such as hotels, catering service centres, schools, industries, associations, and SMEs,” he said.
The DG however said that more improvements are still needed in laboratories, knowledge and skills.
“Information, knowledge and skills are crucial as the country was implementing the industrialisation drive,” he said.