The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards is strengthening its capacity to monitor and control the quality of goods and services produced locally.
This comes as part of a new effort to create a national standards and quality framework through the development of a National Quality Policy. The creation of the new policy is also part of a broader regional program, undertaken by UKAID through its Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN) Project in conjunction with the British Standards Institution (BSI), and seeks to build resilient quality infrastructure within Caribbean countries.
With financial and technical support from the CSN a workshop was held at the Fisheries conference room on June 12th, 2019 to engage a number of key stakeholders within the public and private sector in this critical undertaking. During the workshop’s opening ceremony, Executive Director of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards (SVGBS), Ezra Ledger emphasized the importance of developing such a critical quality platform across various sectors.
“This quality platform is something that the Bureau of Standards has been preaching over the past years, as a matter of fact part of the mission of the Bureau of Standards is to create and maintain an environment of standards and quality in St. Vincent and the Grenadines so as to improve the quality of our lives as well as to promote quality competitiveness; and if we can get it right it means therefore that we can truly become more quality competitive and improve the quality of life for our people.”
Representing the parent Ministry for the SVGBS, Permanent secretary within the Ministry of Agriculture Raymond Ryan said that the National Quality Policy is expected to articulate the Government’s position regarding the quality of goods and services produced, consumed in and exported from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and further ensure that the Social and Economic Development Plan for 2013-2025 of making St. Vincent a more competitive economy by 2020 well within reach.
“In the era of rapidly growing international trade and overall globalization coupled with increasing consumer expectation market entries require compliance to international standards and evidence of such compliance through recognized accreditation systems of conformity assessment.
Chairperson of the National Standards Bureau, Dr. Colleen Phillips, opined that the new policy will give the SVGBS greater authority in carrying out its mandate.