Sensitization Seminar on Export Quality Management System, Accra, Ghana
Posted on: November 05, 2015
A Sensitization Seminar on EQMS and ISO 9001:2015 Certification took place in Accra, Ghana on the 8th of October 2015. The event reached full participation, with 65 registered participants representing Ghana government, public and private organisations in the quality sector, parallel EU funded initiatives (TRAQUE) and SMEs from selected sectors: logistic service providers, aluminium companies, plastics and rubber companies, garment and textiles, and pharmaceuticals.
Discussion took place with the SMEs on their commitment to the ISO 9001 certification, export development in Ghana and export opportunities that the adoption of QMS can provide. A recurring theme all seemed to agree on was that improving trade opportunities means improving competitiveness, which ultimately comes down to improving the Quality Framework. Mr. Wolfgang Wiegel, EQMS Specialist from the Project Team stated that although Ghana is in a good place when it comes to innovation and technological readiness, one of its main obstacles is infrastructure – a problem for export as: “In a world of high degree connectivity and complexity, companies have easier access to clients – but the same applies for clients, who have a wider variety to select from. That calls for competitiveness. Not only that. We have to consider an export framework.” In the same spirit, Dario Caccamisi, Project Team Leader, went on to announce that “Those who can compete better will take the most of the benefit from trade liberalisation” and that the objective of this project is to transfer the necessary confidence and quality improvement to companies through EQMS coaching and the achievement of ISO 9001 certification. Emmanuel Asare of the Ghana Standard Authority made an enlightening presentation on the latter, and Quality Specialists trained by the Project shared some of their experience from the recent September training - including Mr. Anim-Kwapong from the Ministry of Trade and Industry who related that the trainees now have the capacity to drive quality management systems to meet the requirements of ISO 9001 as well as attain the ultimate – customer satisfaction.
Central to the Seminar was a group session with the SME representatives, analyzing main opportunities and problems related to their export. This session laid the ground for the Project’s next steps:
an EQMS training workshop for 30 selected companies’ Quality Managers, scheduled for 23-27 November followed by
Coaching and Capacity Building to SMEs (15) in the New Year
For announcements of upcoming activities and general details on the project, you may visit the project’s website www.eqmsghana.org