Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) has urged policy makers to adopt and implement globally accepted standards on goods and services in order to increase investor and business confidence in the country.
Addressing stakeholders at a workshop in Harare on Thursday, ZAS director Dr Eve Gadzikwa said there was need for policy makers to realize the importance of striving for excellence in the production of quality products, goods and services to better people’s lives and boost the country’s trade.
“Zimbabwe is ready to engage with the world, in the new dispensation with the new business mantra “Zimbabwe is open for business”. There is need to align our standards with international and globally accepted standards,” Dr Gadzikwa.
Besides being the SAZ boss, Dr Gadzikwa is also the current president of the African Regional Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) having been elected at the organisation’s 21st general assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2015.
In her address to participants who included public and private sector representatives, Dr Gadzikwa said standards can be powerful instruments of governance as they reduce technical barriers to trade.
“When used in the public sector, standards enable greater transparency and competition and provide essential requirements for industry via reference in regulations and laws. When used in the private sector, standards create market incentives to follow internationally accepted practices as well as encourage innovation and growth,” Dr Gadzikwa said.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development Mike Bimha, Angelic Katurusa- an official of the ministry said Zimbabwe should earnestly embrace global standards in order to achieve business growth.
“We cannot ignore global standards, if we do, we ignore international business. We need to align product standards with those of the globe as, “hit the ground running” as is currently the norm,” Katurusa said.
The stakeholders workshop was running under the theme, “Standards for value creation and sustainable economic and development for the benefit of Zimbabwe and global market penetration.”
Other participants at the workshop included parliamentarians, representatives from ministry of education, representatives from Zimbabwe Environmental Management Agency (EMA) as well as representatives from the City of Harare.