Zambia, South Africa forge trade alliance to boost product quality

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AS a way to strengthen trade ties, the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) and South Africa Bureau of Standards Commercial (SABS Commercial) have officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

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The agreement, signed by ZABS executive director Nathan Sing’ambwa and SABS Commercial CEO Dr Sadhvir Bissoon, focuses on promoting trade between the two nations.

Under the MoU, both countries commit to enhancing cooperation in services provided by ZABS and SABS Commercial, particularly emphasizing the quality of products and services.

Sing’ambwa highlighted that this collaboration aligns with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Trade, emphasizing the mutual recognition of standards and conformity assessment procedures.

Key aspects of the MoU include cooperation in conformity assessment and accreditation, ensuring the control of product quality, and the adoption of international quality management system standards.

The agreement also facilitates pre-shipment inspections of designated products traded between Zambia and South Africa.

This step is expected to streamline trade processes and bolster consumer confidence in the quality of goods exchanged.

This development was revealed through a statement by Tamara Nyirenda, First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Embassy in South Africa.

Furthermore, the agreement involves participation in regional and international proficiency testing schemes, inter-laboratory comparisons, and mutual recognition of accredited laboratories.

This move reflects a commitment to adopting international quality management system standards and building capacities to ensure the quality of products traded between the two countries.

In addition, the MoU allows for the facilitation or undertaking of pre-shipment inspections of designated products traded between Zambia and South Africa.

By Moses Makwaya

Kalemba December 8, 2023

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