The Sierra Leone Standards Bureau with the Ministry of trade and Industry with support from European Union has launched the west Africa Quality Support system.
The system is to support the competitiveness and harmonization of standards.
The ECOWAS Quality Policy was derived from the West Africa Common Industry Policy which emphasized the need for the establishment of a regional quality infrastructure, comprising of metrology, standardization, quality assurances and accreditation.
This project which is being funded by the European Union and implemented by UNIDO started in 2001.
According to the Executive Director Standards Bureau who is also the National Focal Person ECOWAS Quality Policy, James Dumbuya this is the third phase of the project and it is to help strengthen regional reorganization and help increase standard between two countries.
Mr. Dumbuya says that the West Africa Quality support system will help foster nation building.
A Representative of UNIDO John Kaisam said the project will support implementation of ECOWAS Quality Policy by providing technical assistance in standardization, accreditation, conformity assessment and quality promotion to public institutions and the private sector
The system will also contribute towards the implementation of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff and the Economic Partnership Agreement.
In order to implement this project, UNIDO has mobilized a significant team, in Vienna as well as in Abuja and in each ECOWAS member state.
Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Madam Madina Rahman expressed concern about the issue of sustainability and uniformity.
Chairman National Standards Council K.B.Evans says the Bureau will soon commence the implementation of the product certification scheme and soon commence proficiency testing scheme.