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Tanzania: Tanzania: Manufacturers Must Support War Against Fake Products

2015/01/30

IN a country witnessing an influx of so a lot of types of imported products, manufacturers have a better role to play in the fight against counterfeit merchandise as they threaten the local market.

Businesspersons in the industrial sectors must rise up and join hands with the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and other sector players to wage a relentless battle to ensure consumer confidence.

Manufacturers with the support of the country's standards watchdog must build on the successes completed in the completed decade in curbing the flood of substandard goods and be additional aggressive and innovative to remain competitive.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has been working tirelessly to find mechanisms on how to strengthen the industrial sector so as to enhance its contribution to the country's development schedule through working together to build a strong "Made in Tanzania" brand.

As the country this year marks four decades of the existence of TBS in promoting standardisation and quality assurance for facilitating trade and contributing to socio-economic development, let's increase the level of people's awareness with regard to product quality.

It's significant for the business sector to initiate and promote co-operation between manufacturers and customers and work towards improving the sector development, profitability and competitiveness.

As a country, we're all aware that substandard and counterfeit products are threatening the health, safety and lives of the people, and potentially destroying the economic foundation of the world, particularly in developing nations.

Before the establishment of TBS in 1975, the issue of product quality and international standards was hitherto taken lightly not only in Tanzania but as well in a lot of other developed and developing nations.

This trend is rapidly changing to give way to a new dispensation of international standards awareness and quality consciousness.

Through a series of awareness campaigns undertaken countrywide, Tanzanians have been awakened by the reality of how international standards could determine the fate of their country's economy.

Players in the business sector must understand that international standards enhance environmental sustainability and reflect the critical needs of the Tanzanian economy as a wheel of transformation as each sector in the country has a uniform challenge in the area of standards.

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