Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) on Thursday convened a stakeholders consultative meeting to discuss and generate comments on the draft African Quality Policy (AQP).
The policy is being developed by African Union to aid the building of Africa Quality Infrastructures to support provision of Standardization and Conformity Assessment services and facilitate Africa economic growth based on production and trade on high quality products.
It is also critical in facilitating trade within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) because it eases free movement of goods.
UNBS as the National Coordinating institution received the draft policy and the stakeholder consultation was held as a requirement by the African Union to gather different comments on the draft that will be used to develop uniform modalities to simplify the verification procedures of product quality.
During the review of the AQP, the stakeholders noted that;
- Implementations of some of the institutions are not captured in the policy
- The African Quality Vision doesn’t address the environment issues and needs to be more comprehensive
- The results of the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) were not shared
- More clarity required regarding self-regulation
- Some objectives need to be merged to curb repetition.
These and more comments made during the consultative meeting are to be sent to the African Union for adjustments to be made.
The AQP is an essential tool in helping Africa grow its quality infrastructures, to meet the 2063 Agenda, ‘The Africa We want.’