PM counsels manufacturers on certification requirements

09Oct 2019
Felix Andrew
The Guardian
PM counsels manufacturers on certification requirements

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has urged manufacturers to cooperate with local and foreign certification agencies in attesting their goods in order to access markets in Tanzania and beyond borders.

He issued the statement on Monday  at the opening of the second SIDO national exhibition which is being  held in Singida region.

The exhibition   started on October 4th under the theme: “ Best technology  small and medium industrial innovation for sustainable economy.”

“It is important for producers to certify  your goods the move would help to access opportunities in local and foreign markets so as to sustain  competition,” he said.

For his part, the chairman of Singida  Association of Processors   Juma Mene insisted on quality training for sunflower processors  since they are facing a lot of challenges in obtaining  a mark of quality from TBS.

Speaking  at the TBS pavilion, he said more efforts were needed to support producers in central corridor of Tanzania.

He thanked officials from the Standard watchdog  for visiting more than 160 manufacturers  at their pavilions  and address the challenges.

Manufacturers  included  food, skin care produts  where they were told on various initiatives taken by the government , including  free certification services offered by TBS.

An Inspector from TBS Domisiano Rutahala, said they have participated in this year’s exhibition in order to educate stakeholders on various roles played by the organisation.

He said recently the government has  given the organization’s   two roles which were  conducted by the former Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA)

“TBS has been providing training to entrepreneurs and importers free of charge and sensitizing them to make sure that their goods meet required standards”, said Rutahala.

For her part, TBS senior marketing officer  Gladness Kaseka, said the exhibition is an opportunity for them to meet entrepreneurs  across the country and market their services    online as well.

She said the exhibition also helped them to receive and address challenges facing customers  in all zones namely Dodoma, Arusha, Mbeya, Mwanza and Mtwara.

More than 400 entrepreneurs from Tanzania and neighbouring countries took part in the exhibition which  ends today .

The deputy minister  for Industry and Trade, Stella Manyanya, and Singida regional Commissioner Rehema Nchimba also attended  the event.