DAR ES SALAAM: MORE than 200 local and foreign industries have confirmed to participate in Tanzania International Manufacturers Expo (TIMEXPO 2023) scheduled to start next week in Dar es Salaam.
The Expo is organized by the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) in collaboration with Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade).
CTI Executive Director Leodegar Tenga told reporters on Friday that Vice President, Dr Philip Mpango is expected to grace the event which will commence on October 4 and concluded on October 6 this in Dar es Salaam.
Tenga said the event will be culminated with the 17th President’s Manufacturer of the Year Award (PMAYA) on October 6.
He said this year’s exhibition boasts a number of exhibitors showcasing cutting-edge products and services from local and international industrial players.
He said the event will play host to a multitude of international companies looking to introduce and expand their operations, products, and services in Africa.
Tenga said the Expo will be an invaluable platform for manufacturers (local and international) to showcase their industrial prowess, build partnerships, and discover opportunities.
“We are honored to have the Vice President at this prestigious event, TIMEXPO 2023, his presence at the event will provide a great opportunity for manufacturers to interact with the government and discuss ways to improve the industry,” said Mr Tenga.
He further said, “We welcome you to join the manufacturing companies that will be exhibiting at the TIMEXPO including the big giants industries in Tanzania.
He said the Expo will feature two breakout sessions that will be held on October 5 and 6 this year adding that the first panel discussion moderated by Ambassador John Ulanga will feature conversations “The State of Tanzania Manufacturing Sector, followed by discussion on “Nurturing Business Growth in Tanzania”, a topic that will be moderated by Donald Nsanyiwa, a senior executive at consulting firm.
For his side, Fortunatus Mhambe who is the Director of Trade Promotion at TanTrade, said the focus sectors for TIMEXPO are suppliers of industrial chemical material, suppliers of industrial machines, suppliers of industrial technologies and agriculture equipment’s.
He mentioned others as steel manufacturers, suppliers of industrial construction structures, industrial service providers, financial institutions, capital ventures and parts suppliers.
“Tanzania’s manufacturing sector is on the rise, and TIMEXPO is the epicenter of this growth, it’s a stage where we proudly showcase our capabilities to the world,” said Mhambe.
He said the TIMEXPO event promises to be a pivotal moment for Tanzanian manufacturers and the nation’s economy as a whole.
“The expo’s open and inclusive nature, along with the vast array of opportunities it presents, are set to drive growth, innovation, and collaboration within the manufacturing sector,” he said.
He added that the expo will be culminated with the 17th President’s Manufacturer of the Year Award (PMAYA).
PMAYA, is CTI’s flagship event is usually graced by the President in her capacity as CTI Patron and the event will take place on October 6 this year in Dar es Salaam.
Tenga urged all industrialists, CTI members and non-members to participate and join the CTI Patron, Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan’s representative at the ceremony to present awards to winners and plaques of the appreciation to the sponsors.
“PMAYA competition is one avenue that challenges corporate companies to improve on quality of products and services to the public, we are proud for the support that we have received from the sponsors as well as for recognizing the role the Industrial sector plays in the economic growth of Tanzania,” he said.
“I take this opportunity also to encourage more participants to take part in the next year’s awards” he said.
He said the presentation of awards to winners was preceded by rigorous evaluation and physical visit to the participating companies by an independent assessor of the competition Auditax International.