The Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Excellence (CLSCE), says it will continue to deepen its collaboration with the ACP EU TBT Programme to improve the capacities of Ghana-based exporting companies to overcome barriers to trade in regional and international markets, especially in the non-traditional export sectors.
A statement issued by the CLSCE in Accra yesterday said it would help exporters to take maximum advantage of existing opportunities offered by the regional economic co-operation (ECOWAS) and international trade agreements, in particular the EPA with the EU.
To this end, a sensitisation seminar for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), is being organised by the CLSCE with the collaboration of the ACP-EU TBT programme is to be held in Accra on October 8, 2015.
The seminar is expected to be attended by around 50 participants drawn from selected SMEs in Ghana aimed at promoting the adoption of quality systems and certification schemes among key SMEs.
The participants are expected to be drawn from sectors such as logistics and transport, pharmaceuticals, plastics and rubber, aluminum, garments and textiles and concretely assess their interest in acquiring and maintaining ISO 9001:2015 certification.
It said CLSCE identified the difficulties to conform exporting products to set technical standards as a critical barrier to trade and envisages that implementation of effective quality management systems in the working modalities of export operators was the antidote to this constraint.
“Development partners, including the EU and its member states, have committed themselves to align their current and future assistance to Ghana with the priorities and objectives identified in the overall country strategy, named Compact 2012-2022 “Leveraging partnerships for shared growth and development,” the statement said.
“In line with this framework, this action is associated with, but not a part of, TRAQUE (Trade Related Assistance and Quality Enabling), a large EU funded programme aiming at improving the national quality infrastructure in Ghana,” it said.
It said it provides technical assistance and support to the national quality infrastructure institutions to strengthen their roles and to build capacities for a better execution of their activities.
This specific project the statement said was aimed at building the capacity of CLSCE and other selected service providers in the field of export quality management systems and promotes the adoption of international standards among exporting companies in selected sectors.
“Within this scope, the project just completed training 15 quality specialists to become advisors for the auditing process on the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system standard. This includes training on state-of-art export quality management systems. The training achieved excellent results, with a high level of satisfaction of the attendants regarding the contents and the presentations given during the training,” it said.
The statement said the next training session that the project is providing shall continue focusing on export quality management and increasing the trainees’ knowledge on how to prepare, organise and conduct audits over SMEs seeking for ISO 9001:2015 certification, also by applying export quality management tools.
By Times Reporter