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Speech by BOBS DMD
Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) and Namibian Standards Institute (NSI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the 25th April 2012 at BOBS’ Head Office in Gaborone. The MoU entails aspects of collaboration in identified technical areas between the two organizations.
In his welcome note Dr Musa Fanikiso; Chairperson of the Standards Council stated that BOBS has shown rapid growth since it started operating in 1997 and emphasized on the urgency to diversify the economy, attract investment and increase export base and potential. He said it is their hope that through the cooperation between BOBS and NSI, there will be effective and efficient facilitation of the interchangeability of products traded between Botswana and Namibia.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry Mrs. Banny K. Molosiwa pointed out that the two bodies; BOBS and NSI represent the most important component of the development agenda for both Botswana and Namibia, thus need to ensure that they produced goods of high quality in order to be competitive in the international market. Since the inception of the SADC Standardization, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology they have seen free movement of goods and services and increased competitiveness of supplies of products and services. Mrs. Molosiwa said if both countries worked together they can succeed in their economic development through concerted efforts, cooperation and commitment.
The Managing Director of BOBS Mrs. Masego B. B. Marobela encouraged all the stakeholders involved to take advantage of the just signed MoU between BOBS and NSI for the development of the country’s economy. She also thanked the Chief Executive Officer of the NSI for “initiating and sowing this seed of our technical cooperation through facilitating the attachment training of your staff at BOBS and for availing our trainers the opportunity to deliver training courses on Standardization in Namibia”. Furthermore she expressed her gratitude to the International Organization for Standardization in general, and its Developing Country Policy Committee (DEVCO) in particular, to which both BOBS and NSI are members.

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