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ECOWAS tasks member countries on quality policies

The Economic Community of West African States has called on member countries to integrate Quality processes into its policies to enhance growth.

The ECOWAS Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector, Mr. Kalilou Traore made the call in Abuja at a meeting of the regional steering committee of the West African Quality System Program.

Mr. Traore said the Quality process which included product and service certification, meteorology, and standardization would help the sub region to be competitive in the global market.

A representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Mr. Bernard Bau said the Quality program for the West African region had led to the adoption of supportive policies in nine countries while those in six other countries were being developed.

Mr. Bau said Nigeria was among the six countries that were yet to adopt the Quality policy in the region but said it was optimistic that progress would be made in that regard.

In a remark, the Program Manager , European Union-West African System Program, Mr. Frank Okafor said the E.U is delighted with the success of the programme but said time had come for the private sector to take ownership of the process.

Mr. Okafor said the program had ensured harmonization of standards and entrenchment of quality culture and expressed the E.U’s readiness to sustain its partnership with ECOWAS in the areas of trade facilitation and improved standards.

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