Economy

Team faults private standards control

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KEBS offices in South C, Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • The National Standards Council (NSC) is opposing proposals to privatise quality control and inspection services in Kenya, citing low resources among private firms.
  • NSC chairperson Bernard Ngore, while addressing the standards and quality infrastructure reforms taskforce, said the one-stop standard facilitation process under Kenya Bureau of Standards(Kebs) had worked well for Kenya for years.

The National Standards Council (NSC) is opposing proposals to privatise quality control and inspection services in Kenya, citing low resources among private firms.

NSC chairperson Bernard Ngore, while addressing the standards and quality infrastructure reforms taskforce, said the one-stop standard facilitation process under Kenya Bureau of Standards(Kebs) had worked well for Kenya for years.

“The structure of the national quality infrastructure adopted by Kenya from standardisation, conformity assessment and some technical regulation should be maintained for the next fifteen years,” Mr Ngore said.

The taskforce is reviewing weaknesses and shortcomings of the entire standards and quality infrastructure.

A total of 13,754 products made by 2,884 medium and small micro-enterprises as well as 10,870 from larger firms have since been licensed with Kebs having incubated 786 medium-small and micro-enterprises to improve the quality of their goods.

NSC said during the 15-year period, a national quality policy will be developed and fully implemented, enabling the industry to gain sufficient quality culture.

Kebs, said Mr Ngore,had enabled Kenyans and other customers buying Kenya produce and goods to have confidence with local products.