project brief

Quality and Standards Programme

Implementor

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS)

Target Group

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Importers and Exporters in Tanzania

Project Value

$2,936,000

Implementation Period

June 2016 – December 2019

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Why this project?

The purpose of this project is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of TBS in the regulation and enforcement of standards in Tanzania. This will enable TBS to contribute to the growth of trade in Tanzania, within the region and globally. The project will aid in accomplishing this by enabling TBS to develop programs that add value to their services and thereby boost the uptake and adoption of standards by the private sector.

What:

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) with the support of TradeMark Africa (TMA) is embarking on a process of improving its service delivery mechanisms to its stakeholders in Tanzania.  Part of this improvement includes capacity building and boosting of operational efficiency initiatives targeting its internal and external stakeholders. Key expected results include;

  • Increased Adoption, Use and Compliance with Standards Regulations by MSMEs
  • Increased Efficiency in the Administration of Standards Licensing and Inspections
  • Improved National Quality Infrastructure Regulatory Regime (NQIRR)
  • Improved Capacity to Deliver Services Consistent with Regional and International Standards.

How:

The project will assist TBS in the development of a training program on Standards, targeting MSMEs using conventional training methods suitable for businesses – using both analogue and digital platforms. It will also support TBS on the development of an integrated Standards, Quality, Metrology and Testing (iSQMT) system that will automate the key administrative processes used by TBS to offer services to its stakeholders; Develop National Quality Policy Framework to establish guidelines and procedures in the development, administration, regulation and enforcement of standards in Tanzania; and development of a standards harmonization and accreditation program to support TBS to domesticate regionally harmonized standards and also have their systems, processes and service delivery processes accredited.

Contact:

Email: Monica Hangi  monica.hangi@trademarkea.com and Josephat Magita  Josephat.magita@trademarkea.com

Desired Results:

Reduced time to apply and secure certificate of conformity, increase number of standards developed and adopted, improve TBS’ lab capacity, and enhance overall efficiency

Key highlights include development of NQP, delivery of lab equipment to 4 labs, development of online training platform for SMEs, automation of TBS processes, capacity building to TBS staff, etc

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