THE Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) has welcomed the implementation of natural gas project for power generation as it would speed up growth of the industrial sector and contribute substantially to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
CTI Executive Director Christine Kilindo, briefing reporters ahead of the Africa Industrialization Day (AID), said in Dar es Salaam that sustainable power from natural gas will boost industrial sector contribution to GDP above the current nine to as high as 15 per cent, the average for most sub- Saharan countries.
"Investment in natural gas together with other sources for power generation would foster and revolutionalise industrial sector in achieving growth targets," she said.
Early this month, President Jakaya Kikwete launched the construction of Mnazi Bay and Songosongo Natural Gas processing plant and a transportation pipeline. The project is expected to have a capacity of producing nearly 3,000 megawatts of electricity that would end erratic power supply in the country.
Ms Kilindo also called upon the standards regulator to take stern legal measures against traders who import substandard goods to make quick gains, saying the malpractice contributes towards killing the domestic industries and robes the government of her rightful revenues.
She said CTI was behind the Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC) by the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) aimed at controlling certain categories of imported consumer goods. The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) country representative, Mr Emmanuel Kalenzi, said the UN Assembly adopted the Africa industrialization day, to be celebrated today, in 1989 as a unique occasion to dialogue with partners on how to domesticate industrialization in African countries.
Africa is celebrating the industrial day under the theme, 'Celebrating Industrialization for Boosting Intra-Africa trade' while the continent's participation in globe trade has remained very low.
"Africa is good at exporting raw materials and importing end consumer goods," said Mr Kalenzi, adding that, "the practice will never foster efforts to realise the dream of alleviating abject poverty, unless the dialogue to boost intra-trade is bolstered."
The Ministry of Industry and Trade Permanent Secretary, Mr Joyce Mapunjo, said earlier that the government was committed to create conducive environment for industrial development to boost its contribution to the economic growth and poverty alleviation.
She called upon CTI and other stakeholders in the industrial sector to reveal red tapes which have been hindering its growth and contribution to the economy. Industrial sector has been contributing enormously to job creation where about 23.7 per cent was generated by Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) development, the rate that is estimated to grow to between 30 and 40 per cent by 2015.