On November 6, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA) as they commemorated World Standards Day under the theme “Standards: The World’s Common Language” in Mbabane.
In his keynote address, Swaziland’s Acting Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade the Honorable Minister Smallboy Dlamini acknowledged the Trade Hub’s ongoing technical assistance program on standards and stated that the assistance has significantly improved the implementation of Swaziland’s National Quality Policy. The policy was developed in 2010 to improve Swaziland’s quality culture and to ensure that the country meets its obligations to the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement.
US Political and Commercial Officer Jessica Panchatha represented the US Embassy Swaziland at the event, which was also attended by the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade Gino Nkambule, representatives of government, regulatory authorities, academia, and the private sector.
World Standards Day is celebrated annually around the globe to pay tribute to all those who participate in standardization activities and to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy.
Photo (left to right): SWASA Council Member Armstrong Dlamini, SWASA Council Member Gino Nkambule, Chief Executive Officer of the Swaziland Federation of Swaziland Employers and Chamber of Commerce Bonisiwe Ntando, Cos Mamhunze of the Southern Africa Trade Hub, Political and Economic Officer of the US Embassy/Swaziland Jessica Panchatha, Acting Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Hon. Minister Smallboy Dlamini, and SWASA Executive Director Lomkhosi Mkhonta