Deputy Minister commends TBS

Head of Chemistry Laboratory, Ms Edith Lyimo (right) apprises the Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, Hon. Janet Mbene on the activities performed by her laboratory.

The Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, Hon. Janet Mbene has commended Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) for good work despite the challenges it is currently facing.

Hon. Mbene made the commendation recently during her visit at the Bureau’s Headquarters in Dar es Salaam, being part of a familiarization tour.

The Deputy Minister said she has noted all challenges that TBS faces, including, among others, shortage of staff and laboratories equipment and that she will look into those challenges and contact relevant authorities for assistance.

Hon. Mbene was responding to the Acting Director General of TBS, Ms Agnes Mneney who earlier said that laboratories continue to use old equipment some of which were purchased in 1982, thus taking longer to provide test results.

However, the Deputy Minister urged TBS to concentrate more on service provision by ensuring that service provided in all sectors are of required quality. She added that quality services can only be provided by adhering to the requirements of ISO 9001 on quality management systems.

Mbene reiterated that most of service providers in the country underperform to the extent that it discourages foreign investors.

“You should exert equal weight to services as you do to products as both need great attention,” she insisted and added that it is not wise to put more efforts on quality of goods leaving behind services.

She said the Standards Act No. 2 of 2009 has given TBS the mandate to ensure that both standards of goods and services are observed for economic growth, public health and safety and environmental protection.