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Malawi Bureau of Standards on mandate awareness drive

MANDALA—The response is good

The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has reiterated its commitment to creating awareness on standards of products on the local market as a way of protecting consumers.

The bureau has also outlined various programmes aimed at imparting knowledge to the public on its mandate.

This was said over the weekend at a two-day media workshop in Mangochi.

MBS Director General Symon Mandala said by sensitising stakeholders on the bureau’s mandate and standard requirement for products, it would help protect consumers.

“The response [from the general public] is quite good; we are having a lot of enquiries from the stakeholders. We involve the media quite a lot in our programme of ensuring the use of certified or approved scales by the MBS,” he said.

MBS is a statutory organisation established in 1972 by an Act of Parliament to promote metrology, standardisation and quality assurance of commodities among other things.

Recently, the bureau said it is committed to helping small and medium enterprises follow Malawi standards so that they can win the confidence of big buyers of products.

The standards body has partnered Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute in the initiative.

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