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Tanzania: Local Products' Quality At Dar es Salaam Trade Show Now ImprovedTuesday, July 08, 2014 > 08:37:11
President Jakaya Kikwete admires a piece of art work displayed by the United Nations Communications Specialist, Ms Hoyce Temu. The painting was done by youth supported by the UN through the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The president visited the pavilion on Saturday as part of his tour of the ongoing Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair(DITF) in the city. (Photo by Freddy Maro)
PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has commended local exhibitors participating in the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF,) saying their products' quality has improved compared to previous years.
He showered the praise on Saturday shortly after almost five hours of nonstop tour of various pavilions in the ongoing 38th DITF. "I have been impressed with products quality, packaging and even technology that our people are applying. This is really encouraging, we can now stand tall in the global market," he observed.
The president, however, challenged local companies to ensure that they keep on improving the quality of their goods to win the international market which is currently very competitive.
Flanked by the Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Abdallah Kigoda and his Permanent Secretary, Mr Uledi Mussa, President Kikwete pointed out that quality of the products was the only thing that would enable Tanzanians win international recognition.
On the other hand, the president also applauded the ministry and Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TANTRADE) for excellent organisation of the trade fair.
He said that he was also impressed by the authority which organised the event saying "it has been well organised and sincerely it is very attractive."
DITF which takes place annually at Mwalimu Nyerere Grounds commonly known as Sabasaba along Kilwa Road, Mtoni in Temeke District acts as 'one stop shop' bringing together both international and local companies.
The event also enjoys patronage of the Tanzania business community and serves as the excellent international platform in terms of its number of exhibitors, range of products and accountability of information.
This year's exhibition has attracted about 1,700 and 500 local and international companies respectively. What has made the exhibition more interesting is that even goodmuscled countries with multifaceted technology including US, Japan, China and South Africa took part.
There are 23 companies from Japan taking part in the show and a number of them participating for the first time. However, what has made the show more attractive is a big number of companies from US--the world economic giant in attendance.
There are over 10 companies from US taking part for the first time, with other connecting the turnout with the country's President, Barrack Obama's historic visit to Tanzania in July, last year.