The Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) Keeper Morgan has said standards create an environment of consistency and acceptability to one’s products.
Speaking at the Second De Beers Vendor’s Day under the theme ‘Promoting Business and Service Delivery Linkages between Small, Medium and Large Enterprises’ last Tuesday, Morgan said at the moment, most Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMES) have not been certified with the ISO certification and that this limits their product acceptability.
“We have less than 100 companies that are certified to the ISO 9001 and the ISO 14001 and this limits market acceptability of our products and services in other markets,” he said.
Morgan said standards have become vehicles by which business profitability and sustainability can be measured if properly implemented.
“ISO has started a systematic review of the ISO 9001 standard with a target publication date of the new standard being 2015 and this will have some implications in the manner we do business.
BOBS remain open for you to utilise and add value to your business,” he told entrepreneurs at the Vendor’s Day.
BOBS, the CEO said, can help SMMES by hosting laboratories of their measuring and testing equipment, testing their products.
“As a certifying body, we provide third party certification for management systems and products, offer training on standards we produce and have conferencing and training facilities that are available for hire,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Vendor’s Day was sponsored by De Beers Group and Standard Chartered Bank.
The event was graced by the Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry Keletso Rakhudu, De Beers Regional Director Neo Moroka, Senior Vice President- De Beers Global Sightholder Sales Paul Rowley and Anglo American representative and Head of Standard Chartered Bank SME Unit Motlalepula Mpho.