By Azania Post Reporter
LOCAL manufacturers have been asked to use the available opportunity to certify their products in order to enable them access market within and outside Tanzania.
Speaking at an going SMEs trade exhibition which is held in Lindi region, the senior Public Relations Officer of Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Roida Andusamile, said the government has this year set aside 100m/- which is spent to support SMEs who intend to get quality mark for free.
Senior Public Relations Officer of Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Roida Andusamile
“I urged entrepreneurs to use the available opportunity and make sure that their products are certified so that they can access market anywhere”,she said.
According to her all SMEs that want to get support have to route their application through Small Industries Development Organisation.
“This organisation knows them better and it provides training prior to applying for the certification from us, it is better they go there first,” she noted.
SMEs are exempted from paying fees related to certification because of their low financial base, hence it is the intention of the government to see that small producers are enabled to sell their products anywhere in the world.
She promised that TBS will strive to safeguard the Tanzania market by ensuring that substandard products from abroad will not be allowed to enter the local market.
Up to moment a total of 291 products belonging to SMEs have been certified by the standard body since start of the exercise over four years ago.
The seven days exhibition has attracted over 150 SMEs from Morogoro, Coast, Mtwara and Lindi regions, ended yesterday.
Speaking on behalf of others, an entrepreneur identified as Said Ngajulage, asked government’s certifying agents to conduct inspection of substandard goods in the country which have flooded the market.
“We have substandard goods like roofing sheet which are imported from nearby country through porous borders, we urge institution such as Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) to conduct inspection which would nab culprits,” he said.
He said quality certification institutions plays a crucial role for the development of local industries and government collect revenue for the development of Tanzania.
He also said an education on procedures used to certify quality of products is needed since most of them lack it as a result fail to secure local market and beyond.