Standards Bureau and the country’s private sector dealing in the production of
goods and services recently gathered to select a trademark logo for the West
Africa regional bloc, ECOWAS.
Papa Secka, director of Gambia Standards Bureau said ECOWAS has consistently documented that trade should be between member states which has been very limited over the years.
“ECOWAS knows that these markets eat huge and has consumer population of over 350 million over the last statistics. Most of our exports are from the outside world while most of the products we produce are needed by our neighboring countries,” he explained.
Mr. Secka emphasised that one of the reasons for the certification is to encourage non-tariff barriers and actively relate them to standards and specifications of services and technical regulations that will regulate the laws. “Producers could not export to other countries because of barriers.”
Joseph Ndenn, the Standards Bureau director of conformity assessment division said the meeting was a result of ECOWAS Commission request to consult producers on the proposed logo that will be the bloc’s certification mark.
Mr. Ndenn acknowledged that ECOWAS has developed regional quality infrastructural scheme and now intends to provide a certification mark for its member countries. “We want to do the same as the European Union Certification Mark so that once the certificate is issued to you with the certification mark on your products, that product can be sold throughout the region,” he stated.