A Zambian economist has appealed to the business community to ensure that their goods were certified by the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS).
Professor Oliver Saasa said the certification of goods was an aspect that enhances quality control of products in the country.
Speaking in a telephone interview with ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday, Prof. Saasa said certification of goods helps meet the required standard of quality for the merchandise.
He said certification also attracts more buyers and protects the consumers of the products.
He further appealed to the public not to buy uncertified and counterfeit products owing to the fact that they never last long and may cause injurious effects on an individual if not well handled.
Meanwhile, the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has disclosed that was implementing the standards which businesses were expected to adhere to in the country.
ZABS Public Relations Officer Lee Hamunji said the bureau was there to enhance the business standard not just with goods coming from outside the country but also the commodities produced locally.
Mr. Hamunji said the bureau of standards was not a stumbling block to businesses in Zambia but an enhancer of the quality of goods imported within the country and being locally produced.
He has since appealed to local producers to take their goods for certification so that they can be advised on how better they can handle the merchandise.
He also advised consumers around the country to buy goods from designated and reliable suppliers.