The Acting Branch Manager of the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) in Francistown, Sehlulane Balesi, has urged the business community in the Textile and Clothing Industry to take advantage of the Botswana Bureau Of Standards (BOBS) in order to improve the quality and efficiency of their products.
During a textile and clothing workshop held on Monday in Francistown, Balesi indicated that standardization is a vehicle with which quality assurance could be delivered to customers.
“Let us all use Botswana Bureau of Standards to improve efficiency and quality of products and services within our profession,” she said.
She stated that BOBS had been established at an opportune time when the world is undergoing the most rapid of changes.
She added that today’s world has reforms that seek to improve the performance of the economy, making it more responsive to competition. Balesi also indicated that the clothing and textiles industries are becoming recognized engines of growth in Botswana.
“While the textile and clothing industry has registered significant growth, the quality of products and services entering the market leave a lot to be desired because most of the industries do not use Standards to promote quality of products and services.”
Balesi added that the national standards developed by BOBS could provide practical solutions to many challenges faced by the textile and clothing businesses, especially in today’s globalized markets.
The workshop’s main objective was to sensitize the textile and clothing business community in Francistown on the importance of subscribing to BOBS standards and how they could improve the quality of their products in order to be competitive in the global markets.