Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Michael Okyere Baafi, has asked the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to ensure that domestically produced products meet international market standards.
He therefore urged the GSA to forge closer relationships with industry players and manufacturers with a view to producing quality goods and services for the international market.
The Deputy Minister made the appeal yesterday, at a flag-raising ceremony in Accra, to mark this year’s World Standards Day, on the theme “Standard for the Sustainable Development Goals: Shared Vision for a better world “.
The day is celebrated around the world on October 14, among other things to honor the efforts of the thousands of experts who have developed voluntary standards within standards development organizations.
Mr. Baafi asked GSA to adopt this year’s theme for the event as a benchmark for measuring the quality of goods and services.
He said this was the only way to ensure the quality of life and human development, hoping to promote peace and prosperity around the world.
He called on the GSA to project standards of goods and services as a shared responsibility for a better Ghana, echoing the President’s “Better Ghana Agenda and Industrialization Campaign”.
Mr. Baafi said, “All over the world, standards are the most important drivers in the process of rapid industrialization and technological development. Innovations are driven not only by markets, but also by the rewards of recognition and recognition. the brand that are made possible by standardization “.
He noted that “innovators rely heavily on standards developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization and the International Telecommunication Union, to ensure compatibility, interoperability and marketability without flaw in new technologies ”.
Mr. Baafi said that the GSA could not measure its success without the international benchmark applicable to all countries, hence the need for the Authority to guarantee high standards of goods and services in the country.
He noted that “standards are necessary for the full realization of Ghana’s potential for improving our society, because without them the speed of change and innovation will not be possible.”
GSA Director General Professor Alex Dodoo said the Authority has, over the years, worked with local and international stakeholders to promote standardization of goods and services.
He said that although such a partnership has already been established, the GSA will step up efforts to ensure that manufacturers produce goods and services that meet international standards.