Sew What You Wear! So Says Prez. Magufuli As Second Hand Clothes’ Ban Approaches


Boosting the manufacturing sector might be the only reason behind the ongoing Tanzania’s tailoring training.

It will not be out of place to say that Tanzania’s industrialization policy has now included the promotion of more made in Tanzanian clothes (products).

According to President Magufuli, Africa’s “bulldozer” there will be a ban on the importation of second hand clothing and footwears by 2019.

This will be an addition to other endorsed policies and actions the Presidency has taken in order the sanitize the government and re-shape the country in general.

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President John Magufuli’s administration has issued a free education allocation of $62 million to cover from January 2016 till June 2017.

On workers’ day, in fulfillment of his campaign promise, President Magufuli reduced the personal income tax in Tanzania from 11% to 9%. Magufuli’s government saved millions of dollars from lavish government spending.

Piece by piece, through his disciplinary and austerity measures, Tanzanian government and economy is taking an encouraging shape. The #WhatWouldMagufuliDo is a proof of the extent the impact of his reformation has gone.

The president has a target to see to an increase of the nation’s GDP by 15% from the manufacturing sector. He wants the sector to account for 40 percent of all new jobs by 2020.

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Magufuli who is passionate about improving the manufacturing sector assured Tanzanian manufacturers that his administration will support their efforts.

In the light of that pledged support Tanzania’s tailoring training following the anticipated 2019 ban on second hand clothes and footwears is perhaps a way Magufuli is employing to tackle the budding manufacturing industry.


Beyond Tanzania many countries of the world are working hard to establish a self-sufficient economy. Nigeria for one is suffering the consequences of not being a manufacturing nation.

Tanzania’s tailoring training hopefully will foster more patronage for local industries, create employment and improve the economy. It will also help enhance regional trade in the East African region.

Early this year the East African Community (EAC) approved a proposed ban to boost the manufacturing industry, and help grow the region’s economy.