Dodoma — A TOTAL of 452,356.57 tonnes of second-hand clothes worth 455.48m/- were imported between 2005 and 2011, Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, Mr Gregory Teu said.
Mr Teu told the National Assembly here that statistics indicated that importation of the garments had been increasing over the years.
Responding to a basic question by Matemwe MP, Kheri Khatib Ameir (CCM), the Deputy Minister said that between 2009 and 2011 2,992 licences were issued to second-hand clothes dealers by local government authorities countywide.
In his question, Mr Matemwe wanted to be told the amount of second-hand clothes that have been imported and their value as well as the impact of the importation to local textile industries.
Mr Teu said there were about 48 large-scale importers of the garments, who sold the products to retailers, noting further that the industry employed a big number of people though there was no specific study that had been conducted to establish the actual number of those employed.
He maintained that importation of second-hand clothes has had no direct impact on local textile industries since they mainly produced garments such as khangas, bed sheets, and blankets among others.
However, the Deputy Minister noted that local textile industry could still use the opportunity to expand production at a lower cost to compete with imported garments.
In another development, the government said yesterday it had identified two sites for putting up Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Export Processing Zone (EPZ).Responding to a basic question by Special Seats MP, Ms Ritta Kabati, Deputy Minister Teu said the identified sites are in Kilolo and Mufindi districts.
In her question, the MP had wanted to know whether the government had identified any areas for setting up of SEZ and EPZ in Iringa region.Mr Teu said one site was proposed by the Regional Commissioner's Office, measuring about 500 acres at Viwengi village at Kilolo and another one measuring 1,200 hectares at Ndolezi village in Mufindi district.
He, however, explained that much as the areas had been identified, procedures were underway to acquire them through the Regional Commissioner's Office by, among other things, paying compensation to owners of the land.