Mr. Isaac Saburi, Director of ISHARA Consulting Limited
THE Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) in partnership with Bank M launched the President’s Manufacturer of the Year Awards (PMAYA) 2016 competition in Dar es Salaam recently and invited for the first time ever, non-members to also participate.
While announcing this year’s competition, the CTI Executive Director Mr. Leodegar Tenga said that CTI, in order to accommodate the advice given by its Patron the President of the United Republic of Tanzania H E John Pombe Magufuli, during the last PMAYA, has decided to widen participation by allowing non-members to participate in the competition.
“It’s our belief that inviting non- members to participate in this year’s PMAYA competition will increase the number of participants and make the contest more competitive” he said. PMAYA competition is an annual event organised by CTI to award outstanding industries of the preceding year. The awards were first presented to the winners in 2005 when CTI organised the first ever Competition among its members countrywide. This year’ Competition has been improved by including Energy Efficiency Award.
The award will also act as an opportunity to publicise the industrial energy efficiency actions across the country. CTI, DANIDA and GIZ are actively involved in promoting energy management and efficiency in industries e.g energy audits in industries recently done throughout Tanzania. The main objective of the competition includes to recognise the pertinent role of the industrial sector’s contribution to the national economy, to encourage and motivate investors in the industrial sector, to publicize the importance of the industrial sector in the country, raising the standard of business practices and promote sound corporate governance in the country.
Mr. Tenga said that PMAYA aims to recognise and appreciate the industrial sector’s important role in the Country’s economic development. For the first time since the inception of the awards in 2005, CTI in collaboration with ISHARA Consulting Limited (the assessors of the Competition) made a presentation to review the Competition, basing on the assessment observations from the 2015 Competition.
The presentation aimed at, among other things, to enable companies that wish to participate in this year’s Competition, to better fill in the Questionnaire and understand the purpose and importance of the information requested for the Competition.
The main sponsors, Bank M’s CEO (Designate) Ms. Jacqueline Woiso said Bank M recognises the government’s efforts to boost the industrial sector in the country, she also expressed the Bank’s satisfaction to the whole process “ PMAYA competition is one avenue that challenges corporate companies to improve on quality of products and services to the public. We are proud to support the local manufacturing industry not only financially and in banking services but also through this prestigious competition. The Industrial sector plays a central role in the economic growth of Tanzania. We take this opportunity also to encourage more participants to participate in the awards.” said Ms. Woiso.
The launch of the PMAYA 2016 paves way for the CTI members and non-members to fill in the questionnaires that will be sent to them by E-Mails and submit the same to the Secretariat. The submission of the forms will be followed by ISHARA Consulting Limited (the assessors of the Competition) to visit the respective industry/company for the purpose of making physical assessment observing the set criteria and select winners.
The selected winners will be awarded during the Business Dinner/Luncheon to be graced by the Confederation’s Patron on a date to be announced later. The Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) is an umbrella business association for the industrial sector.
It, among other things, advocates for the creation of a conducive business environment within which Tanzania’s businesses, specifically industries, become more competitive in the domestic, regional and international markets. CTI achieves its objective of ensuring a conducive and competitive business environment through advocacy and lobbying.