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WEIGHTS AND MEASURES AGENCY 
TANZANIA 
Presented at the 49th CIML MEETING 
[Auckland, 2014]
- Geographically located 
in the eastern part of 
Africa 
- Has a total surface 
area of 945,087 sq.km 
- With a populatio...
Contents 
• Introduction 
• International and regional 
affiliation 
• Verification and Inspection 
Activities Covered 
• ...
4 
Introduction 
 WMA was transformed into an 
Executive Agency in May 2002. 
Formerly, it was a department within 
the M...
Introduction…..(contd) Staff Profile 
Inspectors 
Support 
Staff 
196 106 
total 302
International and Regional 
Affiliation 
international 
continental 
sub-regional
Sources of Income
Activities Covered 
- Traditional
• New areas 
(a) Pre-packages inspections 
e.g. Fish Processing Industry
New areas – contd… 
(b) Calibration of Bulk Storage Tanks
Non-traditional activities – contd…. 
(c ) Inspection of LPG Cylinders 
=======
Achievements 
(a) Extend consumer protection to more areas (e.g. prepackages 
inspection at ports and some borders, verify...
Achievements-contd… 
(b) More field vehicles procured 
(35 brand new) and installed 
with tracking systems
Achievements-contd… 
(c) 30 technical staff trained in electronic scales and dispensing 
pumps based on OIML recommendatio...
Achievements-contd… 
(d) Finalizing the regulation 
for measuring instruments in 
the new sector of natural gas
Achievements-contd… 
(e) Received two awards Africa 
(i) Public Service Week-June 2013 (in Ghana)
Achievements-contd… (ii) OIML Award – Vietnam 
(October, 2013) 
-------------------------
Challenges 
1. Influx of sub-standard 
scales from outside 
Tanzania due to 
scarcity of genuine 
scales
Challenges - contd….. 
2. Demand for 
verification of other 
instruments such as 
medical syringes, 
traffic speed 
measur...
Challenges - contd….. 
3. Fast growing technology in legal metrology (e.g. the shift from 
mechanical to electronic equipm...
Future Plans 
1. Construction of modern calibration bay for vehicle tanks
Future Plans – contd….. 
2. Construction of buildings for regional offices
Future Plans – contd….. 
3. Procurement of a special truck for verification of weigh-bridges
Future Plans – contd….. 
4. Continuous capacity building (training, modern equipment, etc)
Thank you for your attention! 
Magdalena Chuwa 
[chuwa@wma.go.tz]
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Weights and Measures Agency - Tanzania

The presentation describes activities of the Weights and Measures Agency in Tanzania. The presentation was made during the 49th CIML meeting in Auckland New Zealand on the 6th November 2014

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Weights and Measures Agency - Tanzania

  1. 1. WEIGHTS AND MEASURES AGENCY TANZANIA Presented at the 49th CIML MEETING [Auckland, 2014]
  2. 2. - Geographically located in the eastern part of Africa - Has a total surface area of 945,087 sq.km - With a population of 47.6 million (UN 2012) - and some of the continent’s greatest concentrations of wild animals Facts about Tanzania
  3. 3. Contents • Introduction • International and regional affiliation • Verification and Inspection Activities Covered • Achievements • Challenges • Future plans
  4. 4. 4 Introduction  WMA was transformed into an Executive Agency in May 2002. Formerly, it was a department within the Ministry of Industry and Trade  The governing legislation for weights and measures activities is the Weights and Measures Act Cap 340 [R.E 2002], but The new Legal Metrology Act is now being developed
  5. 5. Introduction…..(contd) Staff Profile Inspectors Support Staff 196 106 total 302
  6. 6. International and Regional Affiliation international continental sub-regional
  7. 7. Sources of Income
  8. 8. Activities Covered - Traditional
  9. 9. • New areas (a) Pre-packages inspections e.g. Fish Processing Industry
  10. 10. New areas – contd… (b) Calibration of Bulk Storage Tanks
  11. 11. Non-traditional activities – contd…. (c ) Inspection of LPG Cylinders =======
  12. 12. Achievements (a) Extend consumer protection to more areas (e.g. prepackages inspection at ports and some borders, verifying quantities of imported fuels, etc)
  13. 13. Achievements-contd… (b) More field vehicles procured (35 brand new) and installed with tracking systems
  14. 14. Achievements-contd… (c) 30 technical staff trained in electronic scales and dispensing pumps based on OIML recommendations & documents [invitations were extended to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Uganda]
  15. 15. Achievements-contd… (d) Finalizing the regulation for measuring instruments in the new sector of natural gas
  16. 16. Achievements-contd… (e) Received two awards Africa (i) Public Service Week-June 2013 (in Ghana)
  17. 17. Achievements-contd… (ii) OIML Award – Vietnam (October, 2013) -------------------------
  18. 18. Challenges 1. Influx of sub-standard scales from outside Tanzania due to scarcity of genuine scales
  19. 19. Challenges - contd….. 2. Demand for verification of other instruments such as medical syringes, traffic speed measuring instruments, etc.
  20. 20. Challenges - contd….. 3. Fast growing technology in legal metrology (e.g. the shift from mechanical to electronic equipment) Vs the capability to build capacity
  21. 21. Future Plans 1. Construction of modern calibration bay for vehicle tanks
  22. 22. Future Plans – contd….. 2. Construction of buildings for regional offices
  23. 23. Future Plans – contd….. 3. Procurement of a special truck for verification of weigh-bridges
  24. 24. Future Plans – contd….. 4. Continuous capacity building (training, modern equipment, etc)
  25. 25. Thank you for your attention! Magdalena Chuwa [chuwa@wma.go.tz]

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