The Government of Ethiopia launched over the weekend a National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) Forum and NQI Standard Committee which aims to transform Ethiopia’s economy through quality and standard products at Bishoftu town, Oromia Regional State. On the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen stressed the ever greater importance of quality and standards in the nation’s booming economy and in its entry to the international market, stressing that the country’s economic march towards industrialization should embody quality and standard.
The Deputy Prime Minister said “Quality is not all about competing in the global market. It is also the identity of a given country.
It is the other way of showing a positive image of the country to others.”
He also said that the country’s economic transformation could be attained and hence the vision of meeting the status of middle income countries will be ensured through the harmonization of activities of various sectors as well as the production of internationally qualified products. He also noted that the Government prioritizes making headways in the growth of the economy and expediting foreign earnings through provision of quality and standard products, adding that “the Forum will serve as conduit for expressing the needs of the ultimate users of the standards and quality services in strategic way and narrow gaps in quality and standards in all administration levels.”
Demitu Hambissa, Ethiopia’s Minister of Science and Technology, on her part reiterated that quality and standards have a direct and far reaching implication on the economic performance of a country through the integration and harmonization of all sectors in ensuring production of quality products. The Minister added that the NQI Forum and NQI Technical Committee will be tasked to monitor, coordinate and support quality and standard related issues, noting that the National Quality Infrastructure Technical Committee will also be charged to monitor the activities of NQI development through the identification of problems that need to immediately be addressed.
It is also stated that the Committee in association with other agencies would be engaged in to monitoring uniform standards across the country as well as design annual plan and implement it.
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