RC applauds TBS for training traders

Acting Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner and Kinondoni District Commissioner, Mr. Ally Hapi.

Tanzania Bureau of Standards has been applauded for its efforts in training traders on the required procedures in order to smoothen their daily operations.

The Acting Regional Commissioner for Dar es Salaam Mr. Ally Hapi made the remarks recently at Anartouglo Hall in Dar es Salaam during the opening on a one-day seminar on implementation of Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity to standards (PVoC) for traders in Ilala municipality. Mr. Hapi who is the Kinondoni District Commissioner was representing Dar es Salaam Regional Commission Mr. Paul Makonda.

The Acting Regional Commissioner said that traders need to conduct their business under conducive environment hence there is a need for government organs to conduct such kind of seminars.
“Such training could help to reduce or alleviate unnecessary complaints from traders about the government,” he said, adding that there are a lot of regulatory authorities which impose numerous charges on traders hence there is a need for the authorities to see the best way to work together.

Mr. Hapi said he would soon inform other government departments to conduct similar activities that aim at educating traders about their roles.

However, Acting Regional Commissioner asserted that companies which have been contracted by TBS to carry out inspection activities abroad to do their job according to their contracts in order to make sure that only quality products are shipped for the Tanzanian market.

He added that if well implemented, the PVoC programme will curb the influx of substandard products, hence protect the peoples’ health, safety and the environment at large.

Speaking earlier on behalf of the TBS Director General, the Director of Testing, Calibration and Packaging Services, Mrs. Agnes Mneney stressed that such seminars would continue to educate various traders countrywide on the importance of the PVoC programme.

She revealed that similar seminars will be conducted in Arusha and Mwanza regions. Apart from being conducted in Ilala municipality, the seminar has also been conducted in Temeke and Kinondoni municipalities.

Since February 2012, the Bureau has been implementing PVoC – a conformity assessment programme under which imported products are tested and verified in countries of origin before shipment to Tanzania.