The Gambia Standards Bureau in partnership with European Union funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) has recently trained 40 youth trainers on quality at the YEP office in Bakau.
Director General of Gambia Standards Bureau Papa Secka said the training is organised as they prepare for the signing of second MoU between them and the International Trade Centre.
He said they working with YEP to promote quality in the areas of building capacity, supporting enterprises to adopt qaulity measures as well as to promote quality in accordance with ISO 9001.
He described quality as a cross cutting and important issue in every line of activity, saying they want the trainers to be competent which was why they organised the training for them.
He said competence is an ingredient that must be respected to have certain things right. "In The Gambia, we use quality very loosely without understanding what it is," he said, adding that, "Unless we begin to understand what quality exactly is, we would not be able to provide quality production and services."
Maragaret Funder Von Kirchbach, export quality manager of trade facilities and policy for business division of market development at International Trade Centre in Switzerland said they want to see quality initiatives happening over time in The Gambia by the trainers and other people. "If trainers keep up the enthusiasm we will have a great future for the Gambia", she said.
Raimund Moser, YEP project manager explained that since the beginning of the YEP project in The Gambia; they have invested in a number of youth to become trainers and advisors to support the improvement and enhancement of quality in different companies and sectors.
He added that in order to create more employment and income in The Gambia, there is need to improve quality. He said qaulity is key in everything, adding "We cannot improve the economy, create more jobs or produce more without quality."