USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), hosted a two-day event on Awareness on Public Review and Published National Standards in Swaziland from October 13-14, 2015.
The first day focused on standards for the food sector and raised awareness on published Swaziland National Standards (SZNS) that may be used by small to medium-sized businesses in the food industry, such as standards for chilli sauce, peanut butter, fruit juices and nectars and standards for jams, jellies, and marmalades. SWASA gave a presentation on standards requirements, and a Ministry of Health representative spoke on the importance of food quality and safety. Participants included US Embassy Commercial Officer Dorothy Mlambo, Swaziland government ministries (Trade and Industry, Agriculture, and Health), and private sector enterprises.
The second day was designed to raise awareness on published SZNS that may be used by organizations in the water and environment sector, such as effluents, water sampling guidelines, drinking water, and boreholes. Participants were drawn from the water utility, municipal and non-governmental agencies, regulators, and civil society. Key water-related standards were discussed, and the participants were advised how to provide input during public review stages.
On both the first and second days of the event, the Trade Hub delivered a presentation on its role in the region, in standards, and in Swaziland.
Photo: During the second day of the event, SWASA presented on the requirements stipulated in standards and the importance of water quality.