Workshop participants from Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe represented national standard bodies, government departments, past award winners, and the judgesFollowing a request from the SADC Secretariat, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported the SADC Annual Quality Awards Training Workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 23-24, 2015. The objective of the two-day workshop was to review five years of implementation, share experiences, and improve the selection process.

The SADC Annual Quality Award Competition is one of the ways in which SADC promotes the use of standards and quality tools in the region. Companies are recognized for having robust quality management systems that have demonstrably contributed to the growth of their businesses. As part of the efforts to enhance the standards development process and private sector involvement in standards development, the Trade Hub has over the past two years been facilitating National Quality Awards Competitions in select SADC countries. Winners in the National Quality Awards automatically become eligible to enter the regional level competition. The next SADC Annual Quality Awards will be hosted by Lesotho in March 2016.

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