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Malawi Trade Minister bemoans proliferation of substandard imports

November 08, 2023 / Chisomo Phiri

Malawi’s Minister of Trade and Industry Sosten Gwengwe has expressed concern over the proliferation of substandard products that are being smuggled into the country.

The Minister expressed the concern when he visited Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) head office in Blantyre.

“Something has to be done to deal with dumping of substandard products in Malawi. Smuggling is dragging us behind in terms of having quality products in the country,” said Gwengwe.

The Minister said his coming to MBS was to have a high level engagement with Board Members and Management on how MBS can play a leading role in face-lifting the economy through robust boarder and internal quality monitoring controls.

He said his Ministry is prepared to support MBS and other relevant institutions and agencies in the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) in combating smuggling and proliferation of counterfeit products on the market as they pose a serious setback to economic growth of the country.

In his remarks, MBS Director General Dr.Bernard Thole said MBS is implementing some programs and projects to ensure standardization and quality assurance services and enforce Metrology Act in the country to ensure consumer protection.

“MBS has a mandate to promote metrology, standardization and quality assurance of commodities and of the manufacture, production, processing or treatment thereof; and further to provide for matters incidental to, or connected with standardization,” Thole said.

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