The World Bank highlights the need to improving quality assurance and management systems by firms, and better monitoring, evaluation, product testing, packaging and labelling methods to respond to changing technical requirements of Global trading partners. In world over, while the tariffs related barriers are on the decline, the role of non-tariff barriers (standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures) in international and regional trade has become more prominent.
The ConsumerFair offers research and policy development expertise, training and development, design and implementation of technical infrastructure programmes worldwide. ConsumerFair’s technical infrastructure also known as quality infrastructure relates to trade issues (i.e standardization, regulations, accreditation, certification, metrology, testing, consumer protection and market surveillance and market access. ConsumerFair also offers strategic advice on critical management and policy issues in the areas of macroeconomic stabilisation and long-term growth strategies, regional economic integration, trade policy formulation and negotiation of trade agreements, eradication of technical barriers to trade, trade related poverty reduction strategies, trade and the environment, and private sector and SMME’s development. Over the past 5 years, ConsumerFair has become the Africa’s leader in provision of quality infrastructure and trade related technical assistance services.
Education and Training Workshops Overview
Whether you are a newcomer to the quality infrastructure arena and need to improve your understanding and expand your awareness of the standardization process, or a long-time participant who needs a refresher course or a business who wants to gain market access and competitiveness, ConsumerFair’s inventory of training programs contains a match for you.
Each program is supported by an extensive infrastructure of staff and talented adult-learning professionals. This team is adept at responding to specific issues within the quality infrastructure community and will work to ensure that you walk away with a thorough understanding of the topic and an action plan for success.
Who should attend courses?
Newcomers – to the quality infrastructure arena will benefit from introductory courses that illustrate the value of participating in the standardization, regulations and conformity assessment process.
Seasoned members – experienced personnel in the quality infrastructure community will learn a variety of specialized and latest techniques to assist in successfully influencing standardisation and conformity assessment activities and maximizing the benefits of participation. International Organisations who set and approve quality infrastructure policies, systems and standards such as WTO, ISO, IEC, ITU, CI continuous to find techniques to keep abreast to technological changes and convergence and the increase of food bone diseases and food shortages makes new quality infrastructure safety guarantee methods a necessity.
Government officials – governments in the Africa continent is putting in place stringent requirements to ensure their citizens are protected from unsafe, unhealthy, sub-standard products and goods and the protection of the environment. ConsumerFair works with government to research, develop and implement a tailor made quality infrastructure programme that also facilitate cross border and international trade.
Private Sector members (especially SMME’s) – nowadays it is essential for private sector across the product value chain to be aware and to implement product specific standards and regulations to avoid costly regulatory directives. Awareness and implementation of quality infrastructure techniques in the business automatically increase quality of goods and services, avoids the risk of reworking products due to non-compliances and customer satisfactory, protect brand reputation, quick clearing process by authorities and enhance market access (cross border and international).
Consumers – rising prices, cost of living, inflation necessitate a chance in the consumer buying decisions. Consumers are now forces to decide between cheaper products that are low quality against high quality products that last longer. Consumers have a right to acquire knowledge and skills needed to make informed, confident choices about goods and services, while being aware of basic consumer rights and responsibilities and how to act on them.
Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) – A challenge to the CFTA is in the fact that the Private consumers will demand safety and quality assurance and public authorities will continue to scrutinise imported/exported goods for compliance as governments introduce more and more regulatory requirements to address inter-lia health, safety or environmental issues in accordance with the WTO TBT Agreement (Gerhard Erusmus, 2017).
Available Training Courses
- Basic Introduction of Standardization and Technical Regulations
- Good Regulatory and Standardization Development Model
- Understanding of WTO, ISO and IEC Principles – Economic Benefits
- Effective & Efficient Regulatory Implementation (Inspections, Sampling, Testing, Sanctions) Model