THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has pledged to provide support to the ‘produce local, buy local and use local’ campaign by actively promoting the use of standards by all Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.
Bureau head of marketing and public relations, Hazel Zulu, said effective use of standards in business processes as well as product development processes could help SMEs enhance the quality and safety of their product.
Ms Zulu said effective use of standards in business processes could also assist SMEs to produce consistency and competitiveness products for the market and remove technical barriers to trade.
“We are confident that standards can promote innovation, diversification and value addition to products, which will translate into sustainable economic development.
“As a Bureau, we want to increase the availability of standards to industry to help enhance the quality of products produced locally so that the ‘produce local, buy local and use local’ declaration made by the President can become a reality for local entrepreneurs and SMEs,” he said.
She explained that ZABS mission was to provide efficient and effective standardisation to promote value addition and sustainable socio-economic development in Zambia.
“We are happy to note that between January and July this year, SMEs have sourced 197 standards from ZABS for different industrial sectors.
“We are also sure that the increase in the number of SMEs accessing standards will also promote compliance and enhance public health and public safety,” she said.
The move to support SMEs came after President Edgar Chagwa Lungu in his inaugural speech said for the country to self-sustain the economy, Zambia must first produce local, buy local and use local and then export.