MEMBERS of the Isles House of Representatives' Committee that oversees government executives yesterday toured the Tanzania Standard (Newspapers) Limited (TSN) offices, to get a glimpse of business cooperation between the company and Zanzibar Government Printing Press Agency (ZAGPA).
The partnership between TSN, the publisher of the 'Daily News,' 'Sunday News,' 'HabariLeo' and 'SpotiLeo' and ZAGPA aims at expanding their businesses within the country and beyond.
Speaking after a brief tour of the company, the representatives commended the efforts by the two institutions to exploit available business opportunities on both sides of the channel.
Committee Chairman, Mr Omar Seif Abeid, said the Representatives had advised ZAGPA as a public institution to explore other business opportunities and make full use of its modern machines instead of waiting for printing works only from the government.
"The agency has responded to our directives by initiating the cooperation with TSN ... we hope that this initiative will be beneficial to both sides," he said.
ZAGPA Director Muhammed Khatibu, said that the cooperation with TSN focus on producing quality and affordable products within and outside Zanzibar. He said the cooperation started during the 41st Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), where ZAGPA had an opportunity to market its products.
"Our participation in the trade fair was one of our strategy to market our products so as to extend our businesses," he noted. He said the two companies would cooperate in performing works which either of them could not do alone due to the nature of their machines or capacity of the work.
"... . there are jobs which TSN cannot do due to the nature of its machines ... so such work will be brought to us and also ZAGPA could send its work here when demand is high. "We have already drafted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and submitted to the Attorney General ... we are waiting for a response," he explained.
TSN Managing Editor (ME), Dr Jim Yonazi, said the tour would cement plans that had already been initiated. "Our aim is to work beyond the country borders ... including selling our products in East and Central Africa," Dr Yonazi explained.
He said TSN had since expanded its businesses by printing other products with the aim of securing the East African market "Apart from our products which are being printed by our company, we have entered into agreement with ZAGPA ... our aim is to conduct business that will benefit both sides, we intend to secure the East African market after starting to produce special edition for the regional bloc," the ME said.
Dr Yonazi added that TSN was determined to produce quality products to attract countries like DR-Congo, Rwanda and Burundi to bring their printing orders to Tanzania.