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Tuesday, 09 February 2016

COMESA launches training to boost intra-trade

The COMESA Business Council, a private sector institution of the regional bloc, said improving intra-trade in the regional bloc requires a need to structure mechanisms on the operations of local companies so that they can produce products of acceptable standards. trade trade A number of multinationals have decided to source outside the region due to the failure by the majority of local suppliers to meet the internationally quality standard requirement demanded for food and beverages suppliers. The institution has thus started a project of training local suppliers on quality standards and food safety. Sandra Uwera, the organization’s chief executive officer, said in Lusaka at the start of the institution’s first-ever training program for 80 food suppliers on quality standards and food safety, that the initiative was a progressive step forward building the capacity of growth enterprises whilst integrating them into supply chain of larger industries in the region. “The training is considered well-timed, following concerns of a drop in trade within the COMESA region,” she said. Statistics show intra-COMESA imported dropped by 4.4 percent from 11.0 billion dollars in 2013 to 10.6 billion dollars in 2014.

Source: News Ghana