National Standardisation strategy seeks stakeholder input

Niël Terblanché

Namibia is taking significant steps towards enhancing the quality of its infrastructure and boosting socio-economic development with the development of the National Standardisation Strategy (NSS).

This initiative is set to play a crucial role in enhancing the country’s socio-economic landscape, showcasing Namibia’s commitment to quality, innovation, and resilience.

Funding for this groundbreaking strategy comes from a coalition of support, including the NSI itself, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the European Union Partnership Agreement (EPA).

This collaboration emphasizes the international community’s confidence in Namibia’s potential to strengthen its economic foundations through standardisation.

A key component of the NSS’s development is the formation of the National Standardisation Strategy Task Force (NSS TF). This group, comprising a mix of public and private sector stakeholders, is tasked with gathering and analyzing data from various sectors of the economy.

Their work involves conducting extensive regional consultations to understand the socio-economic landscape, future plans, and the needs of stakeholders. These consultations are vital for informing the creation of the National Standards Plan (NSP).

To date, the task force has successfully conducted seven regional consultations. There are plans to extend this effort to four more regions in March 2024, with engagement sessions scheduled in Gobabis and Ruacana on 12 March, Oshakati on 13 March, and Katima Mulilo on 14 March.

These consultations are an open invitation to both public and private sector participants to offer their insights and contribute to the shaping of the NSS.

The NSI’s statement encapsulates the spirit of this initiative: “As we collectively strive towards a future of enhanced quality, innovation, and socio-economic resilience, all invited stakeholders are expected to contribute to the development of NSS.

This initiative is not just about adhering to standards; it’s about setting a new benchmark for quality and efficiency in Namibia.

By fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement, the NSI aims to create an environment where Namibian businesses can thrive, compete globally, and contribute to sustainable economic growth.

The NSI, which operates under the mandate to implement the National Quality Policy (NQP), is at the forefront of this pivotal project.

The NQP’s objective is clear: to promote a framework that ensures products and services within Namibia meet the highest quality standards, thereby fostering trust among consumers and competitiveness in the global market.

As Namibia embarks on this journey, the role of standardisation in economic development cannot be overstated. Quality standards are the bedrock of international trade, ensuring that products and services can move freely and fairly in the global marketplace.

For a developing country like Namibia, adopting and implementing international standards can open doors to new markets, attract foreign investment, and stimulate innovation.

The National Standardisation Strategy represents a significant step forward for Namibia. By investing in quality infrastructure, the country is laying the foundation for a more competitive economy, capable of facing the challenges of the 21st century.

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