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Thursday 26 September 2019


By a Correspondent, Dar es Salaam

MINISTER of State  in Vice President’s Office (Union and Environment),Mr George Simbachawene has issued  a 14 day ultimatum to producers and suppliers of environmentally bags to ensure that they comply with all set standards including putting manufacturer's label.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam shortly after touring the Dar es Salaam Port yesterday , Mr Simbachawene said the presence of illegal producers of the bags has denied revenues to local registered producers in particular and the government in general.

“We must know who is producing and supplying these alternative bags,the legally recognized producers registered in the country are missing out revenues due to illegal producers and suppliers,” he said.

Apart from the order in question, Minister Simbachawene said after the grace period a through inspection will be conducted to uncover the unscrupulous people behind the move who are defying set standards and their products would be destroyed.

Mr Simbachawene ordered National Environment Management Council (NEMC) officials dealing with inspection of imported good to work 24 hours at the Port of Dar es Salaam in collaboration with other government agencies to ensure that no illegal goods are imported.

“The Port efficiency is measured on its keenness in handling imported and exported goods. If necessary labour force should be beefed up to make sure that the desired efficiency is met,” he said.

According to the minister,   no stone would be left untouched when it comes the issue of dishonest workers who sabotage government efforts in stimulating revenue collections.

He pointed out that regulations governing the matter stipulate that whoever imports, exports or produces alternative package bags should make sure that the bags conform to the standards set by Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS).

Since the government announced the ban of polythene bags various measures have been taken to make sure that high quality alternative bags are adequately supplied to bridge the gap.

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