28 April 2014

Ghana: Standardisation Essential to Socio-Economic Development-GSA

press release

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has expressed concern about the misapplication of relevant standards as importers, exporters, manufacturers, wholesalers and consumers.

Briefing the media in Accra, yesterday, on issues related to standardisation in local or at the international level, the Deputy Executive Director of GSA, Mr Kofi Negatey, noted that the quality of life enjoyed on earth was greatly influenced by how standards were applied in their daily lives and activities.

Mr Negatey said standards were essential for safety, health, environment and for the quality of life, and stressed the need for the general public to appreciate matters relating to standardisation and its significance in socio-economic development.

He said standardisation would also enable institutions, individuals and countries to use the best practices to optimise their resources.

He noted, however, that the GSA was faced with a major challenge of making society conform to applied standards in their daily activities.

Mr Negatey expressed the commitment of GSA to ensure that local businessmen and women, including Small and Medium Industries explored opportunities into local and international markets by way of application of relevant standards.

In a presentation, Mr Koku Amenawonyo Xorse of the Standards Division said standardisation could be used across a range of transactions forming the basis of transformation.

Mr Xorse said the objectives of standardisation were to achieve maximum economy in terms of cost and human efforts and to adopt best possible solution to recurring problems.

Mr Xorse reiterated the need to enhance better communication and understanding of standardisation as a means of removing of trade barriers.

Source: ISD (Solomon K.W. Tetteh)

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