TBS urges entrepreneurs to abide to country’s standards
Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has urged entrepreneurs to abide to country's standards in order to produce quality goods for easy access to domestic and regional markets.
The TBS Manager in the Lake zone, Ismail Mwaipaja said during the 17th Mwanza East Africa Trade Fair (MEATF) that there are immense benefits for entrepreneurs producing goods according to quality standards.
“Entrepreneurs can reap immense benefits by producing goods that meet the required standards including building consumers’ confidence and fetching high market price,” he said.
He said TBS used the Mwanza trade fair to provide education to entrepreneurs on things required to be done in order to produce goods that meet the country’s standards.
He said they also used the trade fair to inform entrepreneurs on the need to acquire quality mark of standards provided by TBS as an important prerequisite for easy access to wide domestic and regional markets.
He said apart from entrepreneurs, TBS also used the trade fair platform to provide education to the general public on the need of buying quality goods that have the standard mark.
He said the government has been putting more efforts to build strong economy which is sustainable and it is from this backdrop that TBS is continuing to provide education to producers and consumers on the need to abide to quality standards.
He said providing education on issues related to standards is one of the efforts that TBS is putting to support the government quest to build an inclusive economic growth.
“We also used the trade fair platform to provide education to entrepreneurs that they can observe safety and quality of goods to compete in both local and global markets,” he noted.
He said East African members states have agreed that goods with quality certification can penetrate the regional market without any business impediments.
He explained that the certification services of goods produced by entrepreneurs are done by TBS free of charge.
He said entrepreneurs are required to get an introductory letter from Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) and from there TBS starts the certification process.