Officials of The Gambia Standards Bureau (TGSB) are currently on a nationwide awareness campaign on the national published standards.
As part of the campaign, officials of the Bureau on Monday held discussions with the people of the West Coast Region at the Governor’s Office in Brikama.
Deputising for the Governor of West Coast Region, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Brikama Area Council, Mam Sait Jallow, described the establishment of The Gambia Standards Bureau by Government as a move in the right direction, saying it shows Government’s concern about its citizens’ health.
He called on participants to ensure full participation in the exercise and to equally share the knowledge gained with their people.
Sambou Drammeh, Marketing and Communication Officer at The Gambia Standards Bureau, said the information sharing session is intended to clear doubt about the Bureau.
Bai Dodou Jallow, Director of Standardisation Division at TGSB, said The Gambia Standards Bureau Act was assented to by the President of the Republic on 29th October 2010, which established the Bureau and its Director General took office in October 2011.
The objectives of the information sharing, he highlighted, are to establish and promulgate standards for imported and locally-produced goods, promote standardisation, conformity assessment and metrology as well as to promote industrial efficiency and development to promote standards in public and industrial welfare.
Jallow told the gathering that the Bureau was also established to define, prepare, publish, modify or amend standards specifications and to conduct examination and testing of goods, processes in conformity with standards.
Hassum Jagne, Standards Officer at the Bureau, defined standard as a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.
Jange maintained that standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality, noting that for business they are strategic tools that reduce cost by minimising waste, thereby increasing productivity.