25 May 2014

Tanzania: TBS Set to Knock Doors in Mwanza

Mwanza — TANZANIA Bureau of Standards (TBS) will soon establish offices in Mwanza next financial year to check the penetration of substandard goods through unmarked routes like the Mwanza Port and other border entries.

TBS Senior Public Relations Officer, Mrs Roida Andusamile told the 'Sunday News' that deploying a team of experts at the fast growing, second largest city in the country is of paramount importance.

"It is true that businesses in Mwanza have been operating without TBS checking the quality of goods but we will soon be knocking doors there hopefully in the next financial year that starts next July," she said.

She said management and the entire staff of TBS were overhelmed by the spirit showed in Parliament this week when the Minister of Trade and Industries Dr Abdallah Kigoda presented estimates for the Ministry.

As opposed to past experience, almost all the principal speakers including the Minister himself, Chairman of the Commitee, spokesman of opposition, Members of the Parliament advocated for an increase in the workforce to enable TBS operate effectively.

According to Ms Andusamile her, the move by legislators has encouraged the present workforce at the Bureau to pull up their socks as government takes action over the public outcry on the shortage of resources facing the standard watchdog.

Of late, TBS operates at Sirare and Namanga border posts which are hundreds of kilometres away from Mwanza City.

The opening of TBS offices in Mwanza is a timely move as the business community will introduce a more investments in the Lake Zone that covers six regions of Simiyu, Shinyanga, Geita, Mara, Kagera and Mwanza itself.

A spot check by the 'Sunday News' along the streets of the Mwanza established that a number of businessmen and hawkers are taking advantage and sell substandard products to the public.

Inferior goods largely moving here include cooking oils, undergarments, electronic items and the like are smuggled by boats along unmarked routes on Lake Victoria.

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