Twenty furniture manufacturers will benefit from a capacity building programme by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS).
Director of GNBS, Candelle Walcott-Bostwick.
Director of GNBS, Candelle Walcott-Bostwick said the manufacturers will be trained on the implementation of the CARICOM Regional Standard for the specification of wooden furniture and the code of practice. According to Walcott-Bostwick, the training will provide the local manufacturers with the opportunity to improve the quality of furniture manufactured, which is sold locally and exported. The programme will be facilitated by a Jamaican consultant who will be conducting various visits to a number of furniture manufacturing facilities.
Walcott-Bostwick is encouraging local manufacturers to register with the agency so they will be able to benefit from the programme.
The director explained that upon completion of the programme, five manufacturers will be randomly selected to benefit from an additional technical assistance programme offered by the GNBS. They will be given assistance to implement the requirements of the furniture standards in their respective facilities.
The programme aims to further develop the local furniture manufacturing sector to produce quality furniture and to increase the amount being exported at the regional and international levels.
During the first quarter of this year, the GNBS implemented several programmes to strengthen the country’s National Quality Policy. The agency is working with their inspection, testing and certification bodies to strengthen the quality infrastructure, which will ensure that products entering/leaving Guyana, conform to the requirements.
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