TANZANIA – Tanzania’s Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade has during the 2021/2022 national quality standards programme awards, challenged entrepreneurs to enhance the quality of their goods as an important criteria in penetrating the wide African markets.

“Penetrating a wide African market in this period as countries have started to implement the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement will be possible and beneficial only if local made goods are of high-quality standards,” Christopher Mramba, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade said.

He called on entrepreneurs to take advantage of the wide African market as African countries have approved Africa Quality Policy.

The national quality standards awards were established by the members of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to recognize and promote business sector.

It is against this backdrop that the government through the Ministry of Investment, Industries and Trade established the national quality standards awards that are being coordinated by the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Mr. Mramba said.

He said the granting of the national quality standards awards is an indication that this year’s award 2021/22 season has been closed and started the 2022/23 new season.

The Acting TBS Director General, David Ndibalema told producers and service providers that the best way to protect local made goods and services is to increase quality of the products at affordable costs.

Mr. Ndibalema said manufacturers and services providers should cultivate the culture of producing quality goods to compete with the imported commodities.

“Manufacturers and services providers need to know the difference between quality and competition. This is the best way to boost business and arrive at the fourth industrial revolution,” he stated.

He informed that this year marks the second season of the national quality standards awards for recognizing and commending individuals and institutions that have performed exceptionally on quality standards in production.

He said the awards are also aimed at sensitizing innovation and improvement of local made products after meeting the TBS standards.

The 2021/22 awards have been prepared based on five features namely the best company of the year, the best product of the year, the best service of the year, the best seller of the year and an individual who did better on quality issues.

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