Chami Promises TBS Mandate Extension to the Isles

The Minister for Industry and Trade, Hon. Dr. Cyril Chami has promised to work on the possibility of Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) getting a legal mandate to operate in Zanzibar.

The Minister for Industry and Trade, Hon. Dr. Cyril Chami has promised to work on the possibility of Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) getting a legal mandate to operate in Zanzibar.

Dr. Chami made the promise when he paid a visit to TBS headquarters in Dar es Salaam at the weekend, to acquaint himself with the various activities performed by the Bureau which falls under the jurisdiction of his ministry.

He said, if left unchecked, the issue of lack of a standards body in Zanzibar will make it impossible for Tanzania to get rid of substandard and counterfeit products in the market, as these products will always be smuggled in the country through the Isles.

“We shall work on this. We will present it before the special committee chaired by the Vice President of the United Republic and I am sure we shall reach a reasonable conclusion,” promised Hon. Chami.

The Minister also said the problem of counterfeit and substandard products in the market should be owned by the nation as a whole and called upon various government institutions to work together in confronting this problem.

He promised to consult his fellow ministers for Health and Social Welfare, Agriculture and Food Security and Home Affairs, and also urged TBS and other regulatory authorities to build a common front in dealing with counterfeit and substandard products.

Speaking earlier, on the overview of the Bureau’s activities, the TBS Director General, Mr. Charles Ekelege told the Minister that the Bureau is working tirelessly to ensure that the problem of substandard and counterfeit products in the market is eradicated.

However, he said the Bureau’s efforts are being hampered by the presence of many “panya” routes, including the unattended Zanzibar route. He promised that the ultimate solution of counterfeit and substandard products in the market will be the Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity to standards (PVoC) programme to be launched early next year.