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HARARE, Feb 6 — The majority of companies in Zimbabwe produce sub-standard goods as a result of cutting corners to reduce production costs which are driven by the liquidity squeeze the country is experiencing, says the Executive Director of the Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ), Eve Gadzikwa.

Most local companies set their own measurements for quality without necessarily comparing with any prescribed standards, she said here Thursday, adding that the SAZ could not force companies to comply with its standards since it was not compulsory.

“We can only standardize those companies that come to us for that exercise and after that we carry out inspections to see if they are still complying with those specific standards,” she said.

“Many of the local companies, which are mostly informal small and medium enterprises (SMEs), have not been forthcoming. This means that the majority of Zimbabwean companies have operations that are not standardized.”

The lack of standards has seen Zimbabwe becoming a net importer as a result of low prices of imported goods most of which are of poor quality as they are produced on a mass scale in their countries of origin.

Although she could not readily furnish information on the number of companies which are not standardized, Gadzikwa said only a few were certified while the majority shunned the certification process.

The economic challenges which the country has been facing over the past 14 years have made it difficult for local companies to upgrade equipment and reduce production costs. The obsolete equipment that the local companies use prevent them from producing quality goods that compete with imports from developed
countries.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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