TBS counsels SMEs on goods certification
Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has called upon Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country who have not certified their products to certify since the process is conducted with no charges.
TBS said until recently, more than 600 SMEs have certified their products freely during the process thus, calling upon those who haven’t taken the opportunity and are able to penetrate their businesses in markets.
The authority said the process bill is covered by the government since it is set aside between 150m/- and 200m/- yearly for the exercise. The favor is valid for the first three years.
TBS’s Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Ms Gladness Kaseka made the remarks yesterday during the farmer’s day exhibition held at Themi open ground, Njiro in Arusha.
“Certification processes are conducted free of charge to the SMEs since the government has set aside the sum of money to cover all costs… I call upon those who have not yet certified to do so,” said Ms Kaseka
Additionally, “Until now, more than 600 entrepreneurs from various places in the country have certified their products with the TBS under this programme,”
She stressed that TBS’s motive to attend the exhibition area is to introduce various services provided by the authority while discovering challenges facing the SMEs and being able to provide solutions.
“We have been here since the beginning of the exhibition on August 1 purposely to discover challenges facing the entrepreneurs and be able to give solutions,” she added.
Speaking on the services provided, Ms Kaseka mentioned registration of food and cosmetics premises, quality of standard licenses, guidelines on exportation business, and sensitizing on the importance of reading instructions on packages to identify the product’s validity.
This year’s exhibition with the slogan ‘Vijana na wanawake ni msingi imara wa mifumo endelevu ya chakula’ was officially launched by the Speaker, Zanzibar House of Representatives, Mr Zubeir Ali Maulid.