The newly formed Tanzania Tooku Garments Company Limited plans to expand its operations, with a likely ten fold increase in employment opportunities for Tanzanians.
The company, which currently employs 250 workers to produce 35,000 pieces of jeans monthly, envisages hiring 2,000 people and increasing monthly production to 300,000 pieces by July next year.
The short-term target of an overseas subsidiary garment manufacturing firm of JD United Manufacturing Company however is to employ 500 people and produce 70,000 pieces monthly by the end of this year, the firm said in a statement in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.
The Chinese firm that operates under the incentive-rich Exports Processing Zones (EPZ) scheme is located within the Benjamin William Mkapa Special Economic Zones along Mandela road at Ubungo external.
“The company owns advanced and modern equipment, proven techniques of production processes as well as well trained and highly experienced team of professionals who work under the guidelines of honesty, trust worthy, excellence and efficiency,” the company said in the statement.
JDU is a garment enterprises holding company, engaged in integrated scientific research and production activities of garments for local and international markets, with manufacturing centres in Cambodia and mainland China.
The holding group, boasting of fixed assets of about 160 million US dollars, employs over 16,000 people. The company has since its inception worked with well known brands of jeans garments all over the world including LEVIS and H&M.
According to the statement, the firm’s business is export based, with growing reputation for excellent quality and competitive pricing of its products. The company products bear ISO 9001 quality certificate, ISO 14001 environmental management system and SA 8000 Responsibility Management System certificate.
Tanzania Tooku Garments is among many investors that the Exports Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) has successfully lured to invest in the country.
Available data show that 700 million US dollars (over 1trn/-) worth of investments have created 14,000 direct jobs, with 450 million US dollars (over 700bn/-) in exports since the EPZ scheme became operational some five years ago.
EPZ programme, established following the enactment of the Export Processing Zones Act, 2002, provides for establishment of export oriented investments within the designated zones.
The programme objectives are to attract and encourage transfer of new technology, attract and promote investment for export led industrialization, create and expand foreign exchange earnings as well as increase employment and development of skilled labour.
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