Lack of standards hampering SME growth

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Minister Francois Kanimba, minister of trade and industry checking the standardization mark for the product during the recent standards awareness campaign.

Minister Francois Kanimba, minister of trade and industry checking the standardization mark for the product during the recent standards awareness campaign.

The country’s small and medium enterprises-SME sub sector growth is hampered by lack of standards, experts have revealed.

Most SMEs are reluctant to have their products and a service standardized which lowers their competiveness on the market thus drops the returns that would foster the enterprise growth.

“Consumers are becoming sensitive on standards of products, it is either for our enterprises to get standards or get out of the market,” said John M Nkongoli, legal representative for Standard for sustainability on Friday.

While speaking to processors and manufactures in Kigali, Nkongoli noted that standards should not be seen as luxury services but an input that aid create confidence of consumers for their products.

“It should not be the role of government to ensure standards but the private sector, it is our responsibility,” he added.

Standard for sustainability is a local not for profit organization that was started last year that looks at sensitizing and promoting standards in the country.

The country ‘s standards regulator- Rwandan standards board recently embarked on enforcing  standards as one way of boosting made in Rwanda products as well as promoting exports for the country.

“Standards are vital in promoting business but also safeguarding consumers against substandard products and this why the participation of private sector is important,” said Raymond Murenzi, manager National standards Division.

Due to lack of awareness on standards, Murenzi says the standards body faced challenges in enforcing standards such as destroying sub standard products on the market when the business thought   government is against them.

 

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Olive Ndaka is the Junior Editor for RwandaEye. An investor and young entrepreneur, she is a quick learner and has contributed many articles for RwandaEye in Kinyarwanda.

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