TBS assures support for upcoming Zanzibar Bureau of Standards

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) will fully cooperate with Zanzibar Bureau of Standards (ZBS) when the Isles Bureau becomes operational to enable it operate smoothly.

TBS Director General, Mr. Charles Ekelege revealed this recently in Dar es Salaam when speaking to the members of the Committee for Finance, Trade and Agriculture of the Zanzibar House of Representatives who visited the Bureau.

Mr. Ekelege said TBS will cooperate with ZBS in training its staff and in efforts to curb the importation and distribution of substandard products in Zanzibar and in Tanzania as a whole.

“We are ready to work with the new Zanzibar bureau when it starts operations. We want to make sure our people live in a substandard-free zone,” he said.

Furthermore, the Director General advised Zanzibar to consider the adoption of Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity to Standards (PVoC) which starts on February 1, next year, as it will be a welcome move for joint fight against the influx of inferior goods in the country.

The Committee Chairperson, Hon. Abdallah Mohamed Ally welcomed TBS’s initiatives towards supporting ZBS, adding that ZBS needed support from the Mainland government to be able to kick off and operate effectively.

He said the implementation of PVoC in Zanzibar will be equally important since having it in the Mainland alone can make it difficult to fully realize its objectives.

Hon. Ally applauded TBS for its remarkable efforts in creating awareness on quality issues, noting that well equipped laboratories and experienced experts justified it to be called the home of standards. Already the House of Representatives has passed a bill on the establishment of ZBS in a move to curb the influx of substandard goods in the Isles.