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EU offers Zambia equipment to test quality of products

11-24-2010 16:37 BJT

LUSAKA, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) has given Zambia a testing and metrology laboratory to improve the country's capacity to check the quality of imported and export products, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.

The equipment will help the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZBS) in checking the quality of products coming and leaving the southern African nation.

The country's Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Felix Mutati said when receiving the equipment that this will help the country export quality products to the American and European markets.

The Zambian minister further said with the equipment in place, customers were expected to have quality products on both the local and international markets.

The assistance had been provided under a five-year Capacity Building for the Private Sector Development (CBPSD) project funded by the EU which comes to an end next month. The EU has supported the Zambian government to promote the project in the past five years by providing 15 million euros, Daily Mail said.

According to Mutati, the private sector in the country should accredit themselves with ZABS so that their products were certified, especially now that the country was a preferred investment destination.

The new equipment has the capacity to test standards, microbiology, packaging, food and agriculture testing, condom testing, petroleum, timber technology, textiles and paint testing, according to Daily Mail.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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