Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) says it has stepped up efforts to ensure quality standards are fully embraced by both consumers and providers of goods and services in the country.
MBS board chairperson Action Amos said this on Monday in Blantyre when he presided over 2017 quality certification award ceremony for Southern Region based companies at Mount Soche Hotel.
He said substandard goods and services are expensive and counterproductive to the economic growth of the country.
Amos further said quality products ensure the country’s products are competitive on the international market and have a competitive edge to drive the country to economic stability. He therefore, called on local companies to be “enablers of quality production processes”.
Addressing the companies that were awarded, Amos said: “I am excited to note that you have been a bandwagon that champion adherence to quality.”
Two different certificates were awarded among 52 recipients; permit certificates for tangible products and designation certificates which are issued for processes that produce services and products.
Among the awardees, some received new certifications while others such as Candlex Limited, Protea Hotels and PressCane Limited received renewal certificates for their consistency in adherence to standards.
Amos called on the new recipients not to relax but to work harder so that they keep retaining their certifications.
Game Haven Lodge in Bvumbwe, Thyolo was one of the awardees of designation certificate for its restaurant.
Food and beverage manager for the lodge, Robert Macloud hailed MBS for its strictness in enforcing quality standards saying that ensures competitiveness which in turn make service providers and manufacturers offer quality services and products on the market.
Davlin Chokazinga, director general for MBS stressed that the bureau will intensify market surveillance for local and international products for conformity to standards.
He also called on consumers to be quality conscious and report any instances of nonconformity saying the public must be proactive to guard against substandard products.