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Govt working to minimise trade barriers

12 June 2013, 18:15 Kelvin Wanjohi

Plans are under way to ensure that locally manufacturers products from the Kenyan market are equally accepted in East and Central region to make the country a booming trade hub regionally.

This was revealed during the World’s Accreditation Day celebrations in Nairobi, organized by the Kenya Accreditation Services (KENAS) where various stakeholders in the trade industry attended to discuss how to reduce trade barriers in East and Central Africa and ensure technical competence.

Due to the high growth rate that is being recorded in International trade, there is need to put up with mandatory technical regulations, standards, testing, inspection and certification procedures across all market sectors.

Addressing the participants, Industrialization & Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed said there is need for the government to work in collaboration with the private sector to harmonise national and international trade standards which will reduce barriers which have a negative effect on economy.

Adan Mohammed, Sammy Milgo

Mohammed acknowledged the fact that most people have started appreciating goods from the Kenyan market regionally, though most of them do not have mark of quality therefore reducing trust in terms of conformity and public confidence.

“Efforts are being made to reduce the technical barriers in trade, and also there is urgent need to create awareness on the importance of accreditation, meaning that every good or service must be certified by the relevant authorities,” he said.

“The government as well as the private sector have to work towards poverty reduction, job creation and the key aim is to generate wealth for every person,” Mohammed added.

The KENAS CEO Sammy Milgo said that accreditation will not only target goods but will also include professionals, saying that doctors, mechanics and others may soon have to be accredited in order for them to get jobs in and outside the country.

If this is done, he said employers will trust the validity of the certificates belonging to the employees since inspection by the authority will ensure that they are of up to the task.

This will ensure that products and services that cross borders meet the global demand without causing undue risk to the health and security of individuals or the environment and hence improving the quality of life.

KENAS currently issues accreditation services in Collaboration with International Laboratory Accreditation Forum (ILAF) that approves medical laboratories for quality and correct tests.

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