TCCIA calls upon traders not to hike prices of COVID-19 protective

20Mar 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Katavi
The Guardian
TCCIA calls upon traders not to hike prices of COVID-19 protective

THE Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (TCCIA) yesterday appealed to its members across the country including businesspersons to stop selling coronavirus protective equipment at hiked prices.

TCCIA President Paul Koyi.

TCCIA President Paul Koyi made the plea during his tour in southern highland regions whereby among other schedules, he held talks with government officials and the chamber's members in the regions on various issues related to trade and investment.

Koyi's remarks come as response to recent stakeholders' complaints accusing business persons of increasing the prices of the equipment by between 30 and 50 percent since the disease was reported.

"On behalf of TCCIA board, first I would like to send my condolences to the victims of coronavirus who have been reported in the country. This disease is a big threat to economies around the world,” said Koyi.

He however called upon business persons in the country to also make sure that they sell quality coronavirus protective equipment.

Reports of coronavirus outbreak in Tanzania was recently announced and confirmed by the Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu during a press conference in Dar es Salaam early this week.

The Minister said a Tanzania citizen who was diagnosed with the virus just returned in the country from Belgium via Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) in Kilimanjaro region.

On Tuesday the government announced closure of all kindergarten, primary and secondary schools for a period of 30 days, with Form Six students who were to sit for their examinations starting May 4 having to wait for other directives from the ministry on the basis of the developing situation.

In a televised address, Premier Kassim Majaliwa said all unnecessary indoor and open gatherings are suspended including sports, music festivals, politics, graduation ceremonies, wedding parties, etc.

Ministries and other institutions were directed to suspend workshops, conferences, seminars and all other meetings that involve foreign participants.

"Tanzanians who planned unnecessary trips to countries with big coronavirus infection rate are advised to cancel such trips,” he said.

Moreover, the latest reports availed by the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa suggest that the number of coronavirus cases in Tanzania has increased to three after other two cases were recently reported in Arusha and Zanzibar, both foreign nationals.