PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has once again urged local manufacturers to enhance creativity and technology use to improve the quality of goods, in order to increase their competitiveness in the regional and global markets.
President Kikwete made the remarks yesterday at the 38th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), at his second-day tour to the exhibitions taking place at the Sabasaba grounds along Kilwa Road that took him almost four hours.
"It is impressing to see the growth of technological innovations among Tanzanians which is witnessed in the improved quality of goods," said Mr Kikweke.
He said the presence of foreign companies participating in the trade fair should be an important opportunity for the domestic firms to learn from them as well as striking new business deals. This year's exhibitions have attracted nearly 500 foreign firms and 1,700 domestic companies.
Some of the companies that participated for the first time in the trade fair are coming from the United States of America and South Africa.
Mr Kikwete commended the efforts made by the Vocational and Education Training Authority (VETA) for enhancing technological innovations among youth, which is an important milestone in promoting industrial growth.
Other pavilions visited by the head of state were the Parastatal Pensions Fund (PPF), Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF).
PPF Zones Coordination Manager, Mr Mbaruku Magawa, said the president expressed his confidence and expectations on the fund to continue serving and providing various benefits to Tanzanians.
On his first visit to the exhibitions, President Kikwete was impressed by the products quality, packaging and the technology used, saying they deserve to compete in both the regional and global markets.
He however, challenged local companies to ensure that they keep on improving the quality of their goods to win the international market which is currently very competitive.