Thursday, 10 November 2016

New equipment makes Rwanda regional hub for food testing

A new laboratory equipment donated to the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) now positions Rwanda as a regional hub for testing samples from countries in the region, an official said yesterday. During the official hand-over ceremony, yesterday, Raymond Murenzi, acting director-general of RSB, told guests that the event epitomises the importance of USAID’s contribution to Rwanda’s efforts to enhance the trade environment. It will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of product testing in order to reduce the testing costs and, ultimately, improve export competitiveness across the region, he said. Murenzi added: “This high tech and powerful piece of equipment will not only allow Rwanda to test and certify its own export products, but will also position Rwanda as a regional hub for testing samples in a number of areas, including food, cosmetics and waste water.”