Tanzania: Makamba - Ban On Plastic Bags Not Spontaneous

Dar es Salaam — Minister for State in the Vice President's Office (Union Affairs and Environment) January Makamba today, April 15, 2019, dismissed reports saying that the government's decision to ban plastic bags use was spontaneous.

Speaking during a meeting, which brought together stakeholders and entrepreneurs in the production of environmentally friendly bags, Mr Makamba said people should be honest when commenting on matters of serious national interests.

"There were various meetings with various stakeholders prior to the decision [to ban the use of plastic bags]," said Mr Makamba at the meeting, which aimed at discussing investment opportunities available in the production of the alternative bags.

"We also held public hearings as the law directs us, so all stakeholders were involved."

Today's meeting, which took place at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre (JNICC), comes within a week after the government announced its intention to enforce a total ban on the manufacturing, use or selling the plastic bags in the Tanzania Mainland.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa told the Parliament on April 10 that the ban will come into force in June.

With only a two-month window within which to adjust to the expected shift in the business, manufacturers, traders dealing in the merchandise, vendors and other environment stakeholders charted out ways with which the ban can be successfully implemented.

They called for public campaigns to prepare the public for the change and support, in terms of capital, expertise and technology, to small and local entrepreneurs engaging in the production of environmentally friendly carrier bags.

Related to: Makamba: Tanzania's position on export of wastes stands

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Citizen

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.