Gambia Standards Bureau –TGSB- with funding from the International Organisation
for Standardisation –ISO- Tuesday validated the national standardisation
strategy document at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA hall in Kanifing).
Papa Secka, director general of The Gambia Standards Bureau said the Bureau has published more than 100 standards on food and agricultural products, electrical and applied products and services, ICT, management systems, engineering, codes of practices and metrology in the official Gazette.
He said the objective of the plan is to consolidate standardisation priorities into national strategic standardisation plan that can be used to guide actions of The Gambia Standards Bureau in its standardisation work over a three- year period from 2018 to 2020. “The Bureau is determined and highly optimistic of the support and commitment of all that the needed resources shall be secured.”
Habib Jeng, a member of the Bureau’s board of directors said one of the key functions of the board is to determine the policy and strategy of the Bureau, saying the idea to create a National Standardisation Strategy document was based on consensus and stakeholders’ prioritisation.
He said as a board, they support the Bureau in resource mobilisation and they are optimistic and hopeful that the necessary resources will be available to adequately implement the matrix of the overall national quality infrastructure which includes the National Standardisation Strategy.
“I would like to further encourage the Ministry to supplement their current support to the Bureau to obtain seed funding to establish needed service that would enable it to be self-sustaining in the earliest possible time” he said.
Hassan Gaye, representative of the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment said the national quality policy clearly defines the intuitions and commitment of government in the promulgation of national standards for all products and services in the country.