Bureau of Standards developing strategic plan to improve standards

Douglas spoke at a Bureau of Standards-organized conference on January 23

Minister for Trade, Energy and Employment Hon. Ian Douglas  has said the government is implementing a series of reforms for the Dominica Bureau of Standards, after Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Maria to enhance quality, efficiency and transparency in services delivered by public sector institutions.

He said these reforms are expected to lead to increased agricultural and industrial investments, production and productivity, improve quantity and quality of services and ultimately better the health status of the population.

Douglas spoke at a consultation on “Creating Stronger Partnerships Amongst Our Organisations” which was held at the Garraway Hotel Conference Room on January 23rd, 2019.

He said a five-year strategic plan is in the process of development the aim of which is to achieve the Bureau’s strategic objectives which “will bring great benefit to the public and private sector as well as other important factors.”

“This will enable the Bureau to provide services that meet the evolving needs of the public and private sector and consumers to understand the pertinent strategic issues and commitment required to obtain such objectives,” Douglas explained.

He said the strategic plan will also help to fine tune resources and management systems for maximum effectiveness and efficiency and “to sustain the bureau’s ability to adapt to [a] rapidly changing environment while continuing to carry out its core functions and provide services.”

“The Bureau’s standardization helps to enhance customer satisfaction and compliance to legal requirements in the areas of human, animal, plant safety, health and environmental suitability in building a resilient Dominica,” the Trade Minister noted.

He described the Bureau of Standards as an important software to the success of all economic activities and said it is more essential today than at any other time in our nation’s history and development.

Eliud Williams

Meantime, Chairperson of the National Standards Council (NSC), Eliud Williams, says the Bureau’s vision is to become Dominica’s leading national standardization body.

“At the Bureau of Standards, we have a vision to be a leading national standardization body in the region and as a small nation we have in fact achieved many things on the world-wide stage and it is in fact possible that Dominica can become a leading national standardization body,” Willimas said.

He added, “We have a mission to improve the global competitiveness of Dominica’s goods and services and enhance the overall quality of life of the citizenry of Dominica through the promotion and maintenance of standards and standards related activities.”

He pointed out that if Dominica is to be competitive on the world stage, more needs to be done to set standards that are comparable to those that exist else were.

Williams says the Bureau of Standards continues to ensure that the production of items that are of good quality, and will provide for industrial efficiency, development and promotion of public and industrial welfare.

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  1. %
    January 26, 2019

    Pure waste of time!..You all should not be paid a dime .

    • DEE
      January 28, 2019

      Man Ian i don’t know what it is going to take to get Dominicans to understand many of you guys should be sitting in a jail somewhere .
      Now you want to stand on a stage and talk about Bureau of Standards ? Effective , Efficiency ,Enhance Quality etc etc , ALL AFTER ROSS HAS LEFT, the horse has already bolted and no heads rolled , so what should be expected when the same heads are there with their sticky hands still in de pot .?

  2. max
    January 25, 2019

    Just a stoke record same thing over and over. Same old ideas from the likes of Williams…come on engage the young brilliant innovative minds.

  3. Citizen
    January 25, 2019

    Broken record! The same things are being said over and over again with no actions.

  4. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    January 24, 2019

    That entire statement and nothing is the same. Who will enforce those standards? Look at the job they did at Melville Hall where a raging river was diverted next to an airport with a 1 foot high wall.

  5. January 24, 2019

    I can suggest many issues that should be within the remit of the Bureau of Standards, not least is the standard of vehicle testing. At present this is limited to horn, lights and hand brake. No account is made of flawed and sub-standard modifications, especially in relation to heavy duty commercial vehicles.

    • Karl Orndem
      January 28, 2019

      as well as the level of carbon emissions from the exhaust of many of these old vehicles that remain on the road.

  6. Paul Rossnof
    January 24, 2019

    We heard this several years ago and guess what happened? You guessed right , nothing absolutely nothing. Just talk as usual. How can a country who’s PM has no respect for the constitution and the law of the country have standards. Don’t allow Ian or Skerrit to fool you again!

  7. jamie
    January 24, 2019

    Washed up government!!!!!!

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