Sunday 24 March, 2019

Respect the work of standards institutions, urges Inniss

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss.

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss.

The highest levels of Governments must accept and respect the work of the standards institutions and be mindful that they must be adequately resourced to provide an effective job for citizens.

This from Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, as he delivered the feature address at the opening ceremony of the 32nd Meeting of the Council of the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).  

He said more importantly, they must be given strong policy guidelines that reflect the critical nature of standards in economic development, public health, public safety and business development:

“Here in Barbados, the Cabinet recently approved the National Quality Policy which is one of the outcomes of the modernization of the Barbados national standards system project."

The region he stressed must adopt a societal approach to standards development, since he believes that for far too long standards development may have been perceived to be a “bunch of men and women in white coats, in a lab pouring over test tubes and Bunsen burners with stacks of paper around”.

He challenged those in attendance at the three-day event to be bold and innovative and let their fellow citizens understand the work of standard institutions and the impact upon their daily existence.

 

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