TBS quality and standard issues to be accessed in Swahili

TANZANIA Bureau of Standards (TBS) will undergo fresh designing of its website making it possible for all local manufacturers, traders and consumers to access all the materials in Kiswahili instead of English alone.

Of late, most of the materials in the TBS website are in English which makes it difficult for many local target members of the public to access information on critical issues regulated by the Bureau.

Elaborating on the matter, the TBS acting Director of Quality Management Mr Nickonia Mwabuka said here yesterday that now plans are underway for the website to be re-designed and become user friendly.

"We have noted the public concern on difficulties most of the readers are facing as a result of the language barrier while tracing different materials from the website.

We are soon going to fix that," he said. According to Mr Mwabuka, the government has decided to inject a lot of funds in the exercise so that all locals and foreigners, Kiswahili and English users can visit the website and get timely publications and materials.

The materials are guiding tools in their day to day businesses particularly on an area of quality and standards. The new development won accolades by a section of manufacturers who attended the training organised by TBS.

The majority of the participants called for the standards watchdog to make sure its website contain many Kiswahili materials along with those in English for easy understanding and compliance.

Opening the training which was attended by over 100 entrepreneurs, Mr Mwabuka underscored the need for small scale manufacturers to observe instructions given to them by experts about quality issues and best practices governing the manufacturing of their products.

He said education on quality and standards on products was an important segment of the industrialisation agenda the government was now implementing adding huge investment has been directed to that area.

"The government has set aside huge funding in providing education on this area where TBS officials will provide training to the local manufacturers for three years before they can stand on their own," he said.

Initially, he said TBS experts will provide guidance and free testing of the products for the first three years until they are qualified for certification ready for public consumption in the local and foreign markets.

However, a section of small scale manufacturers reported a number of challenges they were facing citing packaging materials as one of the top headaches.

Dorothy Balthazar and Sylvia Dotto both food vendors from Ilemela Municipality echoed the same calling for TBS and other trade authorities to see to it that the cost effective but quality packaging materials are made available in Mwanza.

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Author: PIUS RUGONZIBWA in Mwanza

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