Consultative Dialogue Workshops on National Quality Policy, Kiribati
Posted on: November 08, 2016
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives (MCIC) with technical support from the European Union, organised two national Consultative Dialogue Workshops on national quality policy. The workshops were held in Kiritimati and Tarawa under the Project ‘Strengthening Kiribati’s Quality Infrastructure’ funded by the ACP-EU TBT Programme.
The Consultative Dialogue workshop in Kiritimati was held on 12th October 2016. The keynote address was made by the Hon. Mikarite Temari, Minister for Lines and Phoenix Islands Development. He highlighted the importance of the project in assisting Kiribati to develop a National Quality Policy. The Minister aslo emphasised the importance of quality in defining the level of quality and safety for goods and services placed in the market. He further underscored the need for a National Quality Policy to assist in helping businesses to improve their processes, add value and to increase their competitiveness especially in sectors where Kiribati has comparative advantage.
Mr. Samson Awino, the National Trade Advisor under the Hub and Spokes Programme of the Commonwealth Secretariat/Organisation International de Francophonie, made a presentation on the overview of the project, its objectives, expected outputs and its linkages with Kiribati Development Plan 2016-2017.
The TBT Experts, Mr. Alain Peyre and Richard Moody made a presentation on the key concepts and functions of quality infrastructure. They also made a presentation on the National Quality Policy discussion paper. A total of 29 participants from the government, private sector and NGOs participated in the Kiritimati National Dialogue Workshop.
In the context of Tarawa, the Consultative Dialogue Workshop was held on 25th October 2016 as a stepping point of National Quality Policy process. The TBT expert, Mr. Alain PEYRE presented the Discussion Paper with the view to assist stakeholders understand the strategic thematic areas. Questions and Answers sessions and other interactions took place, which were useful to inform the drafting of the Policy. A total of 30 participants drawn from the government, private sector and NGOs participated in the Workshop. The comments received from stakeholders from the two workshops held in Tarawa and Kiritimati will be integrated in the draft National Quality Policy; which should have been ready by end of November 2016.