Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Prof Elisante Ole Gabriel gave the challenge over the weekend when speaking in Moshi municipality, Kilimanjaro Region during the opening of an exhibition which was organised by Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO).
He said more improvements on local goods should be done to enable wider market outside the country.
“Manufacturers have a great role to play in the improvement of their goods in order to enable our country export more outside the region,” he insisted.
He said the government in collaboration with other departments would continue helping the SME’s to reach their dreams in export of quality products.
SMEs have appealed to the government’s certifying agents to conduct inspection of substandard goods in the region which have flooded the market.
“We have substandard goods like roofing sheets which are imported from neighbouring countries through porous borders, we urge institution such as Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) to conduct regular inspections which would nab culprits,” said an entrepreneur identified as Nasibu Kimaro.
He said quality certification institutions play a crucial role for the development of local industries and collection of government revenues for economic development of Tanzania.
Earlier, the TBS public relations officer Neema Mtemvu, urged Tanzanians to use quality approved products for the benefits of their health and nation’s development.
She said the standard body would continue educating SMEs on importance of quality mark and ways to get it for the purpose of market penetration of their goods outside the country.
Every year the government sets aside substantial amount of money which is spent to support SMEs who intend to get quality mark for free, she said.
According to her all SMEs that want to get the support have to route their application through Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO).
“This organisation knows them better and it provides training prior to applying for the certification from us, it is better they go there first,” she noted.
SMEs are exempted from paying fees related to certification because of their low financial base, hence it is the intention of the government to see that small producers are enabled to sell their products anywhere in the world.
She promised that TBS will strive to safeguard the Tanzania market by ensuring that substandard products from abroad will not be allowed to enter the local market.