Zambia's industry falls short of realizing its full export potential in global markets. A fundamental reason for this is that its national quality infrastructure and its technical regulation regime are not harmonized with those of its trading partners. Zambia needs to upgrade both. In particular, and of most immediate concern, it needs to formulate a national quality policy that can be integrated with a strengthened technical regulation regime.
Through this NORAD funded project the Zambian Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) is assisted firstly, in reviewing the overall organizational framework relating to metrology, standards, accreditation, inspection, testing and certification, i.e. the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI), including the related legislation. Secondly, the upgrading of facilities of the NQI institutions such as, but not necessarily limited to, the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) and the Zambia Weights and Measures Agency (ZWMA) under MCTI and the national testing laboratories to improve especially the food sector's ability to prove conformity and hence facilitate exports. Thirdly, the project will endeavour to strengthen the ability of selected sector enterprises to comply with international quality requirements creating a demand pull factor for the upgraded TBT and SPS compliance infrastructure.
The project is expected to enhance the export performance of the Republic of Zambia by creating conditions for strengthening the national legislative framework supporting standards, technical regulations, metrology, testing and quality, addressing deficiencies in standards, testing, metrology and certification capabilities, while establishing a credible conformity assessment infrastructure and fostering integration into the multilateral trading system. Internal trade benefits to be accrued concomitantly.
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Müge Dolun Bora