‘Quality takes precedence over price’ – GNBS Director tells students at ASTM lecture
DPI, Guyana, Friday, June 08, 2018
Director of the Guyana National Bureau of Standards, Candelle Walcott-Bostwick, has stressed the importance of “quality over price in products when constructing buildings.”
The Director was at the time addressing students, at the first series of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Road Show in Guyana, hosted at the Pegasus Hotel. The event was aimed at sensitising those in the construction sector on the use of ASTM standards.
Bostwick said, “In order for the transition of our culture in Guyana, from one where price takes precedence over quality, we would like to move Guyana to a standards-driven society.”
The Director believes the move can be achieved through regular interaction with students at the technical institutions and those in the construction sector, on the effective use of codes and standards.
“As students you must be sensitised on the benefits of standards and conformity assessments which are required for us to build a sustainable and resilient construction sector in Guyana”, Walcott-Bostwick noted.
She added, “Once students are exposed to the values and benefits of standards, it will help them in their decision-making process to choose standards and quality over the price of commodities.”
ASTM is conducting a ‘Road Show’ with various standard bodies in the Caribbean. The objective is to engage with academic institutions, government agencies and practitioners in the construction sector.
By: Crystal Stoll.