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Tanzanian authorities have reiterated its vow to control importation of counterfeit products to protect local manufacturers in the east African nation, a statement by the country’s trade watchdog said on Sunday.

The statement by state-owned Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TANTRADE), an agency for promoting Tanzania’s trade and economic performance, said the move by the government to control importation of counterfeit products was aimed encouraging local manufacturers to produce quality goods that could face stiff competition in the market.

The statement said the pledge over continued control of fake imports was made by the Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, Stella Manyanya, when she opened the 4th Local Manufacturers Trade Exhibition in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Manyanya assured the local manufacturers that the government will ensure that only quality goods were imported into the country to compete with goods produced by the local manufacturers, said the statement.

Manyanya assured the local manufacturers of the government’s resolve to improve the investment environment in the country with a view to attracting more investments, said the statement.

She added that the government was continuing to remove taxes that were a hindrance to doing business in the country. Enditem

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