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Government to Set-up a National Quality Council - July, 2017

The two-day workshop seeks to corroborate the NQP, which had been under preparation some months ago and to further the course of the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI).

The two-day validation workshop, which is being organised by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to review the draft NQP is being attended by over 70 key stakeholders drawn from industry, academia, the private and the public sector.

The current draft NQP developed by MoTI with the support of the TRAQUE Programme had been review and aligned to the ECOWAS Quality Policy (ECOQUAL).

The quality policy of the ECOQUAL was adopted by the Conference of Heads of States and Governments of ECOWAS on February 28, 2013.

The West Africa Quality System Programme (WAQSP) Phase Three is being funded by the European Union with an amount of € 12 million and is supporting Ghana with the development of its Quality Policy and to ensure it is aligned with the ECOQUAL.

Ghana is the only country in the ECOWAS sub-region without a NQP; hence the NQP of Ghana aims to develop an effective, efficient and globally recognised NQI.

The final NQP of Ghana is expected to drive the establishment/strengthening, operation and maintenance of the NQI that would adequately protect public health and safety, and facilitate intra and inter-regional trade.

By: Iddi Yire/Jamila Abubakar, GNA