National Quality Policy launched

─ part of IDB-funded project

─ guide Guyana’s approach to quality and provide framework for change

─ ensuring Guyana has consistent approach to meet international standards  

DPI, Guyana – Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Ministry of Business in collaboration with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards, this morning, launched a National Quality Policy, at Herdmanston Lodge.

The policy is one part of the three-component US$9M Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-funded project, “National Quality Infrastructure for Economic Diversification and Trade Promotion”. It also comes as Guyana is on the cusp of economic transformation and represents a positive step in unleashing Guyana’s potential.

In brief remarks, Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin welcomed the initiative noting that business today, particularly on the international market, are required to meet standardised quality requirements.

“It will guide our approach to quality and provide the framework to change the way we do things in order to achieve better outcomes,” Minister Gaskin said.

He remarked that Guyana’s potential will not benefit its people unless “positive action”, such as this, is taken.

The Business Minister expressed confidence “that this project in its entirety, once concluded, will see more Guyanese products and services traded internationally.”

Programme consultant, Dr. Alison Gajadhar said the aim of the policy is to provide a framework for the development of a National Quality Infrastructure in the business sector.

She emphasized, “it is about ensuring that Guyana has one consistent approach, meeting one standard that is concurrent with international best practices.”

Dr. Gajadhar reiterated that the purpose of this project is to “develop a robust infrastructure”. She further explained that the policy must be sustainable so it can withstand changes in the sector.

At the launch, participants were given a demonstration of the National Quality Infrastructure Portal, a website being launched as part of the programme. It was disclosed that the developers will be working closely with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards, to make the website functional by February 2019.

Stakeholders were also urged to actively participate in crafting the policy as the organisers seek to involve a wide cross-section of organisations.

Anara Khan.

Images: Giovanni Ganji.

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