20 November 2012

Nigeria: SON Partners Korea On Standards

In furtherance of its on zero-tolerance for substandard products campaign, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria has secured an ally in the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS).

SON Director-General, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, got the commitment from the Administrator of the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards Mr. Seo, Kwang-hyun and his management team during a recent visit to KATS as part of a quality assurance visit to some major Korean companies exporting to the Nigeria Market.

Welcoming the SON delegation to KATS, Mr. Seo expressed the interest of his agency in profiling the quality of Korean products exported to Nigeria using accredited Laboratories under the Standards Organisation of Nigeria off-shore Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP).

According to him, Korea has six internationally accredited laboratories with capacity for testing in specialised areas including electrical/electronics; household equipment; machinery and materials; standards and measurements; environmental technology equipment; medical devices and telecommunications, including mobile telephones.

He disclosed that the Korean Government through KATS and its sister agencies have been providing a lot of support for Africa through human capacity development programmes one of which is scheduled to hold in Korea between November 18 and 29, 2012 under the auspices of the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) of which Dr. Odumodu is the acting President.

SON Director General DrOdumodu expressed delight at the product testing capabilities, research and development investments and development of innovative brands by the Korean companies visited as well as the Korean Testing Laboratory (KTL).

Dr. Odumodu lauded KATS for the rapid growth of the nation's economy and its industrialization in the last 20 years, stressing that Nigeria stands to benefit a lot from their experience while it provides greater opportunity for trade with Korea in view of its large population, mineral and human resources.

He therefore welcomed the interest expressed by KATS in the SONCAP and also called for collaboration in other areas like laboratory and human capacity development as well as promotion of small and medium scale enterprises in which the Korea has a lot of competence.

This according to him will allow for actualising the great potentials for a rapid increase in the volume of trade between Korea and Nigeria, which Mr. Seo said rose to about N3.3billion last year.

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