Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja
The Economic Community of West African States Commission, in collaboration with the European Union, on Monday agreed to commence the implementation of a regional accreditation standards that would assist to address the issue of quality of products within the West African sub-region.
The decision was taken at the end of a workshop in Abuja on quality infrastructure and West Africa quality system.
The objective of the meeting was to discuss the importance of quality infrastructure as it relates to strengthening the business environment by improving supply of products, services and consumer protection.
Speaking on the outcome of the meeting, which was attended by all the 15 member countries of the ECOWAS, the Manager, West Africa Quality Standardisation Programme, Mr. Bernard Bau, said the decision to set up a regional standard would assist to facilitate trade within the region.
“We are moving into the operationalisation to implement the quality framework of ECOWAS. We want to enhance the trade of the ECOWAS region through laboratory testing, capacity building and the training of people in food management safety,” Bau stated.
He urged the private sector to adhere to quality and urged member states to work with quality and standard to enhance trade facilitation.
The Commissioner in charge of Industry and Promotion of the Private Sector, ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Kalilou Traore, said the implementation of the West Africa Quality System Programme would assist in the development of quality policies in all countries in the sub-region.
He said, “Facilitating trade is one of the objective of this programme and if you don’t have the harmonisation of standards, you will have many problems between member states.”
“There is a need for our enterprises to comply with the required standards, because you know a lot of them export products and sometimes these products are rejected. So, we want to facilitate the structure to assist these enterprises to have better quality for the world market.”
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