NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) said on
Friday that it is developing a national quality policy
that aims at developing and strengthening the national
quality infrastructure to speed up economic growth.
Managing Director Charles Ongwae said the policy will
also result in export enhancement, ensure supply of safe
and quality goods and services in the market and
contribute to environmental protection.
the country has been operating without a national
quality policy, hampering the development of quality
collaboration with stakeholders, we have developed a
Kenya National Quality Policy and we will soon be
reaching out to our parent ministry for it to be adopted
and implemented,” Ongwae told journalists in Nairobi.
that his organization is also revising the Standards Act
Cap 496, which came into being 43 years ago when KEBS
deepened quality assurance, inspection and market
surveillance activities to create a level playing field,
KEBS will develop 31 standards for the manufacturing
sector to support textile, apparel and leather
processing; revise 27 schemes of supervision and control
for the leather industry to respond to the concerns
raised in the Kenya Leather Industry; and initiate the
revision of KS 1515 to lower the age of imported
vehicles to stimulate local assembly.
principal secretary at State Department of East African
Affairs, challenged KEBS to come up with new innovative
strategies that will support growth and grow the
manufacturing and agro-processing sectors by leveraging
standards and conformity assessment.
that lack of harmonized standards has in the recent past
created a number of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) for
Kenyan manufacturers, especially for the food industry.
stakeholders to tackle issues of food security and
agro-processing by developing standards for
agro-processing, food safety and development of schemes
of supervision and control to improve the final
against this background that the East African Community
(EAC) Industrialization Strategy, among its ideals, aims
to diversify the manufacturing base and raise local
value-added content of resource-based exports to at
least 40 percent by 2032,” she added. “This can be
achieved by adoption of standards.”