Govt to curtail influx of sub-standard products

via Govt to curtail influx of sub-standard products – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 17, 2015 by Tarisai Mandizha

CABINET has approved the Consignment-Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) Programme amid concerns on the continuous influx of sub-standard products in the country, a government official has said.

Speaking at the relaunch of the Consignment-Based Conformity Assessment Programme, Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha said the engagement of French company Bureau Veritas which will be offering conformity services for the next four years was an interim measure of addressing the sub-standard imports whilst the establishment of the Zimbabwe Quality Standards Regulatory Authority was being finalised.

“The Ministry of Industry and Commerce is therefore re-launching the CBCA programme whose roll out had been postponed due to some administrative and technical issues that needed to be finalised to ensure successful implementation of the programme,” Bimha said.

Bureau Veritas will provide verification of conformity services of listed products in the country of export and issue a certificate of conformity based on national and international quality, safety, health, and environment standards.

He said the enforcement phase will commence on July 27, 2015 and October 31, 2015 will mark the end of the transitional period while the full implementation would commence on November 1, 2015.

Bimha said Zimbabwe was fast becoming some giant warehouse of foreign manufactured goods. He also said the country has become the retail cash cow of the region as evidenced by imports which stood at $3 billion in 2014 whilst exports were worth $1,2 billion.

He added that it was estimated that by year-end $3,5 billion will be spent on imports in an economy that was said to be worth $10 billion.

Bimha said it was important to note that some of the products were sub-standard imports being dumped in Zimbabwe.

“Zimbabwe Standards Regulatory Authority shall have the responsibility of ensuring that products imported and exported into Zimbabwe meet quality, safety, health and environment standards. The Authority is in line with implementation of the part of the World Trade Organisation agreements. The agreements provide for verification of prices, compliance to standards and quality monitoring measures,” Bimha said.

He said this authority will be administered by the Zimbabwe Standards Regulatory Authority Act whose draft Bill has been forwarded to the Attorney-General for examination.

Bimha said countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda, Togo, Egypt and Ivory Coast introduced CBCA programmes to address challenges of substandard imports.

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    Ghorira 7 years ago

    Another Authority being set up to solve another non-existent problem… The head of this authority will ban a list of products, solicit bribes to ensure that products dont get banned.. Result in increased import duties that dont go towards increasing local industrial production and increase other taxes on importers to fund their operations. Again, the people who will suffer will be the average consumer, being asked to pay more and more for products that cant be efficiently produced locally. In return, the local producers of products will increase their prices, resulting in the consumer paying more.. But because there is no money in circulation in the country, more manufacturers will be forced to close shop.. more people will be unemployed, less disposable income to purchase over-priced local products and the cycle will continue… These guys dont have any solutions. Their solutions are simply to place more restrictions on the economy… When what is really needed is freeing up of the economy, remove restrictions to trade, reduce government interference, reduction in the civil service (including these numerous “Authorities” that are created by government, that act as obstructions to growth and development), clarify your investment policy as a government and empower your entrepreneurs. But anyway, that is all a dream… things will never change.