TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has conferred 145 certificates and licenses to manufacturers between June and November this year, signifying adherence to rigorous quality criteria.
These certificates include six certifications of quality standards for the management system and 13 licenses for producers who expanded their product range.
Notably, 60 certificates were awarded to Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs), showcasing the commitment to enhancing quality standards in the grassroots business sector.
At an event in Dar es Salaam, Mr. Lazaro Msasalaga, Director of Quality Management at TBS, commended entrepreneurs for meeting the essential criteria that guarantee access to regional and global markets.
He emphasized that the certificates reflect the producers’ dedication to maintaining high standards, urging them to continue producing quality products to build trust with buyers and secure a reliable market.
The Director acknowledged the positive impact of entrepreneurial career classes conducted by the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) in facilitating certification.
The event’s theme, “Ubora, tambua uwezo wako wa ushindani” (Quality, recognize your competitive ability), serves as a reminder for producers to prioritize quality and competitiveness in the market.
While celebrating the achievements, Mr. Msasalaga cautioned against deceptive practices, urging producers not to compromise on quality after obtaining certificates, as this could endanger consumer well-being.
TBS trains salt dealers
In a related development, salt dealers in Tanzania have been urged to adhere to standards, quality, and safety in production and packaging to safeguard consumers’ health and expand market opportunities.
Mtwara Regional Commissioner, Col. Ahmed Abbas Ahmed, emphasized the importance of producing quality salt to meet standards and compete effectively in local, regional, and international markets.
The two-day training organized by TBS aimed to enhance the capacity of salt stakeholders in producing quality products meeting required standards.
Col. Ahmed reiterated the government’s commitment to developing the industrial sector for self-sufficiency and global competitiveness.
Zuwena Omary, Lindi Regional Administrative Secretary, commended TBS for the well-prepared training and urged sustainability in conducting such programs to address challenges in the salt industry.
The training involved various institutions, including TBS, Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO), and Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organization (TIRDO).