Support to ZABS: Standardisation and Quality Management Systems

Posted on: June 08, 2015

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In November 2014, the ACP-EU TBT Programme launched a project to support the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) in the field of Standardization and Quality Management Systems (QMS).

The purpose of this 6-month project, implemented by International Economics in cooperation with IBF, was to upgrade the existing capacities of the Zambia Bureau of Standards in terms of standardisation and management systems and support the accreditation process of key proficiency testing facilities.

After 4 months of implementation, a validation workshop on WTO TBT Agreement was held in Lusaka, Zambia on 25th and 26th March 2015. The event provided an opportunity to sensitise public and private economic operators on TBT principles and obligations. It also aimed at presenting the project’s key findings and recommendations as well as ZABS’ Draft Standards Strategy.

The validation workshop was also the opportunity to assess and better understand the needs of the private sector in terms of obstacles and barriers to export and trade. During the workshop sessions, participants were able to share further inputs in order to ensure that their needs are properly addressed by the National Quality Policy under development. Mrs. Hazel Zulu, Director of ZABS opened the Workshop with main presentations delivered by Dr. Vimlan Moonsamy (SAB Miller), Mr, Bheki Zondo (Biscoti Biscuits), Mr. Panius Maimisa (Eastern Province Farmer Cooperatives), among others.

The event gathered 43 participants from the Zambian Government, Zambian Trade Associations, and NQI-related institutions, academia as well as industry stakeholders. The event also attracted the participation of representatives from the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI), Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), Eastern Province Farmer Cooperatives, Zambia Honey Council and Zambia Chamber of Small and Medium Business Association.

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