THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) says it is developing a product certification scheme for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) suppliers to enable them produce good quality products for the local market.

Speaking during the launch of the Global Healthcare Public Foundation, held under the theme “Importance of Quality Management Systems” at Cresta Golf View Hotel in Lusaka on Thursday, August 8, 2019, Acting Executive Director Margaret Lungu said ZABS was aware that some SMEs were having challenges in having their products access the local market due to difficulties in having them certified.

“It is for this reason that ZABS will soon introduce the Local Supplier Scheme to address the challenges of the SMEs while maintaining standards to ensure there are quality products,” she said.

Lungu said, it was important to embrace quality for businesses to succeed in today`s competitive world.

“For Zambia in particular, where most businesses are still classified as SMEs/MSMEs, the implementation of a quality system and a quality culture can no longer be ignored,” she said.

Lungu urged the Zambian industry to embrace product standards to enhance their competitiveness in order for Zambia to fully participate and benefit from the African Continental Free Trade Area.

She said it was important for the local businesses to embrace standards as failure to do so may result in businesses failing to compete favourably.