Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has warned firms against compromising standards, saying the practice leads to disaster.
MBS director general Davlin Chokazinga issued the warning on Monday on the sidelines of the commemoration of the 2018 World Standards Day in Blantyre.
“If we are to match with the standards on the global market, we need to up the game, we need to ensure that standards are not compromised.
“We also need to move with speed so that each time we want to do things, they must be aligned with our fellow international community, otherwise we will always be lagging behind,” he said.
Chokazinga, however, said there is progress in the application of standards by some companies despite others being resistant to change.
“We now have 3 000 companies in our certification scheme. The good news is that the Malawi Bureau of Standards is now achieving international accreditation such that when we certify, our certificate will be accepted everywhere in the world,” he said.
During the event, it was learnt that much as technology is taking centre stage to simplify things, it is also taking over the duties carried out by people, rendering some jobless.
At the event, MBS awarded three technology firms—Sanwecka Tech Companion, Microsystems and Imosys—for their innovations.
In an interview, Sanwecka managing director Rashid Kasito commended MBS for recognising their work.
“This award is an encouragement for us to do more in terms of innovations,” he said.
The World Standards Day is commemorated on October 14 worldwide.