Dar es Salaam. Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) has once again been recognised for its contribution to the Tanzanian economy and the manufacturing sector in particular after it became the second overall winner in this year’s President’s Manufacturer of the Year Awards (PMAYA).
PMAYA is an annual undertaking in the calendar of the Confederation of Tanzania Industry (CTI).
The awards – which were initiated in 2005 - seek to recognise and commend the industrial sector’s important role in Tanzania’s economic development endeavours.
Vice President Philip Mpango graced the event, and urged the Ministry of Industry and Trade to team up join hands with the private sector to solve all challenges that were hindering the growth of the manufacturing sector.
He urged the CTI to work with the government in utilizing Tanzania’s diplomatic missions to source new markets for the country’s products.
Briefing journalists shortly after being prclaimed the second overall winner, TBL’s Country Director Jose Moran said it was an indication that the brewer’s focus on financial inclusion, agricultural initiatives and innovative services were paying off - and also improving the quality of the lives of Tanzanians.
According to a report on ‘Economic Impact Analysis of TBL’ by Ernst & Young, the gross value added by TBL to the Tanzanian economy stands at Sh613 billion: 0.5 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
The beer maker also sources 74 percent of its inputs - equivalent to Sh130 billion of its raw materials demand - locally.
“TBL is the largest single contributor to the Tanzanian Government’s revenues and a key partner in the country’s socio-economic development. It is an active player in the agriculture value chain, and directly empowers the farmers of its main agricultural inputs: sorghum, barley, and grapes,” he said.
TBL employs 25,000 full-time equivalent workers - 0.1 percent of national employment - resulting in labour income of Sh186 billion.
Tanga Cement emerged the overall winner.
Winners are selected on various criteria, including business performance, technological performance, export performance, environmental management and occupational health safety.
Over seventy-Seven companies participated in the 15th PMAYA 2020.