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HARARE, Zimbabwe is in the process of setting up a national standards regulatory authority with the aim of eliminating the flooding of the country with sub-standard goods, says Industry and Trade Minister Mike Bimha.

The government, through a deal with Bureau Veritas, the Paris-headquartered international certification agency, is using a Consignment-Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) programme, which compels importers to conform to set product standards, and declare the value of goods intended for export to Zimbabwe in the country of origin.

Bimha says the engagement of Bureau Veritas is a temporary move while government sets up a standards regulatory authority. "We have now started a process which is coming to Parliament soon where we are seeking to establish a national standards regulatory authority," he adds.

"Once we have a standards regulator, it will be charged with the responsibility of monitoring and declining substandard commodities into the country because it will be empowered to do so by an Act of Parliament."

At present, the country has the Standards Authority of Zimbabwe which sets standards of commodities to be adhered to but it is not empowered to take action against poor quality goods.

"That's why as a country we have started the process of setting up the standards regulatory authority," says Bimha.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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