MALAWI STAN­DARDS BODY WARNS LO­CAL BUSI­NESSES TO IM­PROVE QUAL­ITY OF PROD­UCTS OR…

Daily Nation Newspaper - - BUSINESS & CORPORATE -

LILONGWE - Malawi’s lo­cal busi­nesses have been told in the face that they should for­get about pen­e­trat­ing in­ter­na­tional mar­kets if they con­tinue pro­duc­ing goods of poor qual­ity that do not meet the re­quired global stan­dard.

The coun­try’s stan­dards body, the Malawi Bu­reau of Stan­dards (MBS) has ex­pressed con­cern over the sub­stan­dard prod­ucts that Malaw­ian small and medium en­ter­prises (SMEs) pro­duces and said such a de­vel­op­ment is stag­nat­ing the coun­try’s ex­port base.

MBS Di­rec­tor of Qual­ity As­sur­ance Ser­vices Steve Ka­mu­loni has since in­vited the lo­cal busi­nesses to take ad­van­tage of the ser­vices of the Bu­reau which he said has a num­ber of in­ter­ven­tions to en­sure that the lo­cal busi­nesses, es­pe­cially the SMEs up their game.

“SMEs play a very im­por­tant role in the so­cial-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of a coun­try, but if they do not have the ca­pac­ity to un­der­stand the stan­dards and re­quire­ments needed to achieve cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of their prod­ucts, there is no way they can pen­e­trate the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket,” said Mr Ka­mu­loni.

MBS has since em­barked on in­dus­try aware­ness cam­paign on the de­vel­op­ment of a ro­bust stan­dard­i­s­a­tion, qual­ity as­sur­ance, ac­cred­i­ta­tion and metrol­ogy (Sqam) project.

He said through Sqam, the MBS among sev­eral in­ter­ven­tions, of­fers tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance for de­vel­op­ment of qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tems and food safety man­age­ment sys­tems as well as food and per­sonal hy­giene train­ing.

“Those we have as­sisted are now pro­duc­ing qual­ity prod­ucts ready for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion,” he said. .

–NYASATIMES.

Mr Ka­mu­loni

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