Commerce Minister Axel Addy
Liberia Launches National Quality Award
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, April 11 (LINA) – The Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), has officially launched the first edition of the National Quality Award.
Speaking when he officially launched the Award on behalf of the government in Monrovia Tuesday, Commerce Minister Axel Addy said the National Quality Award is a demonstration of government’s commitment to comply with the implementation of Regulations C/REC. 18/12/13 and C/REG. 17/12/13.
Regulation C/REC. 18/12/13 has to do with the creation of the ECOWAS Quality Awards, while Regulation C/REG. 17/12/13 has to do with the adoption of the rules of the organization by ECOWAS Member States.
Commerce Minister Addy added that the launch also shows the government’s firm support to the implementation of activities relating to the ECOWAS Quality Policy by the West Africa Quality System Program being implemented by UNIDO, with funding from the European Union.
The National Quality Award and the ECOWAS Quality Award are designed interventions that address challenges associated with the poor quality of products and services, which has become a major constraint on participating member states in the West African region and in the world.
According to Addy, the goal of the Awards is to promote and review excellence in organizational performance through quality awareness and understanding of the requirements of quality excellence for products and services of local manufacturers.
“The Ministry of Commerce has put into place the required structures for organizing the Award in Liberia, which include setting up the organizing committee, the technical secretariat, the jury and the auditors,” he disclosed.
Addy added that the setting up of the structures is to ensure the adequate management of the Award at the national level in accordance with that of the ECOWAS regulations for organizing such an award.
According to him, the Award is open to the participation of legal companies, local manufacturers and businesses operating within the commerce of Liberia in any of the four categories: gold, diamond, silver and bronze.
Addy noted that any company that will in the diamond category will be opportune to participate in the ECOWAS Quality Award, stressing, “I hope local businesses and industries will take advantage of it by ensuring their products and services are aligned with international best practices.”
He thanked EU, UNIDO and UNDP for their support to the national and regional programs that are strategic in helping the ECOWAS Region in general and Liberia in particular in reaching their development goal.