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‘Poor standards affect ability to trade on international market’

Original article publish on the 16th of December on the Zambia Daily Mail Website by KELLY NJOMBO & ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka


The Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) says products with poor standards are affecting the ability of local products to trade and compete on the international market.


ZABS acting director Nicodemus Malisa, however, called on consumers to desist from buying substandard products to ensure there is no market, as this will increase demand for quality products.

Mr Malisa said Zambian products have the potential to compete on the international market, but there is need to adhere to standards established by ZABS.





“The market does not demand for quality, but as an individual if you walk into a market and you demand for quality products, substandard products will not have a market, and this will promote quality products on the market.

“Products produced locally have the potential to compete on both the regional and international market, but because some of the goods are substandard, it is difficult to compete with other merchandise,” he said.

Mr Malisa said this during a media workshop in Lusaka recently, under the theme “Bridging the information Gap”.

He said ZABS will continue to provide and play a critical role in promoting quality standards to ensure consumers are protected.

Mr Malisa said the bureau will ensure that the services offered in product certification will be of international recognition, hence putting the organisation on an equal standing with other laboratories internationally.

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