(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.
KEBS 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.
Ongwae said the country has been
operating without a national quality policy, hampering the
development of quality infrastructure.
“In 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
He noted that his organization is also
revising the Standards Act Cap 496, which came into being 43
years ago when KEBS was established.
KEBS has deepened quality assurance,
inspection and market surveillance activities to create a level
playing field, he said.
Ongwae said 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
Betty Maina, 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.
Maina noted that lack of harmonized
standards has in the recent past created a number of non-tariff
barriers (NTBs) for Kenyan manufacturers, especially for the
She urged 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
“It is 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.”