Officials of The Gambia Standards Bureau (TGSB) on Wednesday briefed journalists on the World Standards Day, which is slated for today, Friday, 14th September 2016. The theme for this years’ event is, ‘Standards build trust’.
Speaking at the ceremony, Papa Secka, the Director General of The Gambia Standards Bureau, said World Standard Day has been set aside to create awareness on the role of standards in both national and global economies and to pay tribute to the thousands of experts worldwide who collaborated within the international Electro-Technical Commission (IEC), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Organisation for Standardisation (IS) to develop voluntary international standards”.
He explained that standards is a document established by consensus and describes how to achieve an optimal outcome time after time by using an agreed and consistent approach.
“It helps to harmonise technical specifications of products and services making industry more efficient and breaking down barriers to international trade. Conformity to international standards helps reassure consumers that products are safe, efficient and good for the environment. International standards bring technological, economic and societal benefits. Standards connect us with reliable modes of communication, codes of practice and,” he said.
Secka indicated that a product or service conforming to an international standard is imbued with a trusted symbol of quality, safety or compatibility, noting that standards speak to the diversity of “our interconnected world, introducing uniformity at the interfaces where we need to be certain that we are speaking on the same terms”.
Bai Doudou Jallow, the Director of Standardisation Division at The Gambia Standards Bureau, highlighted the activities marking the day, which include nationwide sensitisation tour, radio programmes, meeting institutions, among others.
by Alhgie Babou Jallow
& Binta Jammeh