Kikwete to officiate at manufacturers’ awards
By SHERMARX NGAHEMERA, Daily News
Wed, May 10, 2006
PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete is expected to officiate at the Second Manufacturer of the Year Award (MAYA) organised by the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) at the Movenpick Royal Hotel in Dar es Salaam later today.
CTI Executive Director Christine Kilindu told a news conference that 13 trophies were up for grabs in four categories of competitors — three in each industrial sector and one overall winner.
“There is, however, lack of competitors in the service category. There was only one competitor who came forward,” said Mrs Kilindu.
There are five industrial sectors — agro processing, chemicals and plastics, wood and wood products, metals and service industries. She said that every industrial sector would have three categories of winners in large, medium and SMEs.
The winners have been assessed and selected by a consultant Data Works Associates who won the assignment through an open bidding process.
The sponsors for this year event are led by Celtel Tanzania Limited, followed by National Bank of Commerce and Gapco Tanzania Limited who were respectively represented at the preview by Herbert Louis, Celtel Sales Director, William Kallaghe, NBC Marketing Manager and Leon Hooper, GAPCO Chief Executive Officer.
Kilindu said that there was marked improvement on the 250-member organization, their performance and attitude aggressiveness of the industrial sector and the urge to compete from the initial historical era of self induced inactivity due to protectionism.
“The Sumaria Group, owners of Shellys Pharmaceuticals, have acquired a subsidiary pharmaceutical company in Kenya and Cello Industries, manufacturers of plastics products, have managed to acquire a standards accreditation to produce products that could be sold in the US consumer market,” said Mrs Kilindu.