SMEs Told To Ensure Certification Of Products

Mr.Kofi Nagetey,Deputy Executive Director for Commercial Services,GSA. addressing the media.photo Hannah Nkrumah (1)Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) have been urged to ensure that their products are certified by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to meet both local and international standards.

Mr Kofi Negetey, Deputy Executive Director in-charge of Commercial Services of the GSA, made the call at a news conference in Accra.

He said that local companies stood the chance of gaining consumer confidence, increasing sale and profit, if their products were certified by the GSA.

According to Mr. Negetey, most of the SMEs in the country could not take advantage of the opportunities offered by the oil and gas industry because their products were not certified.

“Because of the failure of the SMEs to get their products certified by the GSA, most of them are missing out a lot of business opportunities,’’ he said.

Mr. Negetey said a major challenge facing the GSA “is how to get the business organisations in the country to embrace certification for goods and services as well as management system”.

He said he GSA was stepping up its educational campaign to educate operators of companies on the importance of certification,

The Senior Standards Officer at the Certification Division of the GSA, Emmanuel K. Asare, said GSA in collaboration with its foreign partners would in September this year, begin to certify imported products in their country of origin before they are brought into Ghana.

Mr. Asare said the GSA had offices in all the ports of the country to ensure that goods entering the country meet quality and international standards.

The head of Public Relations of GSA, Kofi Amponsah-Bediako, explained that the news conference sought to explain to the public matters relating to certification and its importance to the socio-economic development of the country. By Kingsley Asare & Gloria Mensah

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