Trust in us: Namibian Standards Institution
The Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) has been operational since January 2008 and has already scored numerous successes. Primarily, a national standards body (NSB) is a part of the world standards requirement based on the WTO Agreement of 1995. A national standards body is responsible for the promotion of standardisation and maintenance of standards to enhance international trade and compliance.
Since inception, the NSI has provien that it has what it takes to make a significant contribution to economic development and growth. Already, the NSI has attracted highly skilled Namibians to conduct complicated tests. To date, the NSI is fully in charge of the testing and fishery products destined for the export market in European countries. In addition, the NSI has been able to submit three clean unqualified audited financial reports. It is envisaged that with the upcoming industrial development in Namibia, the NSI will play a pivotal role in facilitating the growth of the manufacturing industry.
In line with the development of the SMEs, sectors provisions are being made to accommodate this important sector to strengthen and develop growth.
As a newly established SoE, the NSI is fully funded by the Government; there is room for expansion for NSI to fully maximise its’s operations.
It is sad that the NSI does not have power to test goods, especially those from Asian countries such as China.
To get more insight on the operations of the NSI, Prime Focus had an exclusive interview with Riundja Ali Kaakunga (Othy), the CEO, to give us the inside story of the NSI . . .
PF: You come from a legal background, how did you find yourself at NSI?
RK: It was mere a coincidence; they (Ministry of Trade and Industry) needed somebody with a vision, somebody who learns quickly. I had no knowledge of the concept of standardisation, or quality assurance when I joined government in 1996 but it took me less than a year to know precisely what was required.
The ministry took me on short missions to Botswana, to South Africa and eventually to Sweden for a month. And when I came back from Sweden, I was ready to contribute significantly to the establishment of the national quality infrastructure in Namibia.
Then, I managed the drafting of the national quality policy and the laws. We drafted and Parliament passed the Standards Act of 2005; it passed the accredita...
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