USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), held two workshops to create awareness on the Standardization, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology (SQAM) activities in Lusaka, Zambia from June 8-9, 2015. The objective of the workshops was to help improve the standards development process in Zambia by increasing private sector participation in the standards making process.
The first workshop focused on tertiary education, bringing together tertiary education players to discuss contributions of SQAM and the importance of human resource knowledge of SQAM. Participants represented the University of Zambia, the Copperbelt University, Evelyn Hone College, Ndola Technical School, the Curriculum Development Centre (CDC), and UNIDO. The partnership between ZABS and the CDC in Zambia in incorporating standards could be emulated in other SADC countries.
The second workshop focused on women in business, under the Zambia Federation of Associations of Women in Business (ZFAWB), an umbrella federation of women in business associations. The primary objective of the workshop was to sensitize women in business on SQAM matters, discuss how they can become involved in standards development and get their products certified. The participants at the workshop showed great interest and pledged to be more involved in standards development activities.
Participants in both workshops appreciated the role played by USAID via the Trade Hub in supporting initiatives to create awareness of standards. This was the first time most participants at either workshop had attended an event focused on standards development issues.
Photo: Participants from the Women in Business Workshop held in conjunction with ZFAWB