DAR ES SALAAM: PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to attend the Presidential Manufacturer of the Year Awards (PMAYA) this Sunday in Dar es Salaam.
The awards, organised by the Confederation of Industrialists (CTI), involve various industrialists in the country who compete based on established criteria.
Speaking at a media briefing in Dar es Salaam, CTI Executive Director Leodegar Tenga expressed gratitude to Dr Samia for agreeing to be an official guest at the awards.
Tenga said President Samia’s presence will boost businessmen and industrialists to improve the quality of their product production, adding that the awards, first given in 2005, aim to recognise the contribution of industrialists to the country’s economic growth and the improvement of product quality.
Winners are selected based on various criteria evaluated by the tenderer awarded the contract, who visits the industrialists participating in the competition. The awards also aim to increase sales of goods and services abroad, promote competition in the industrial sector and encourage research and development.
Tenga thanked all the sponsors, particularly NBC bank, for their support in making the awards possible. He mentioned the other sponsors, including EXIM bank, Motison Group, TCC, TBL, Stamico, Total Energies, Kilimanjaro Cables, Alaf Limited, Bonite Bottlers, SBC, Serengeti Breweries Mati Super Brand, and Elsewedy Electric East Africa.
Tenga emphasised that the awards have greatly helped industrialists improve their products and urged them to produce goods that can compete in both local and international markets.
He highlighted the importance of producing large quantities of high-quality products for Tanzania to achieve its goal of becoming an industrial nation. Over the years, the competition has improved, with an increase in the number of categories from five economic sub-sectors to 22.
The competition now includes large, medium, and small sized businesses, giving everyone an equal chance of winning. The sub-sectors have also been realigned to better represent the industry activities of CTI members. Participants will be classified based on their economic sub-sectors and industrial sizes.
These sub-sectors include beverages, building, construction and real estate, chemicals and chemical products, minerals and related products, energy and renewable energy, electrical and electronics, machinery and equipment.
Other sub-sectors include finance and insurance services, food processing, hospitality and related services, consultancy and training services, leather products and footwear, metal and metal products, motor vehicles and accessories, paper and paper products, printing and publishing, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, plastic and rubber products, textiles and apparels, timber, wood products and furniture, transport and warehousing, and information and communication technologies.