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ACCTA, The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) is hosting a standards harmonization workshop here this week to review and finalize critical draft standards which are aimed at promoting sustainable economic development in the members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The ECOWAS Standards Harmonization Model (ECOSHAM) Technical Management Committee meeting, which is being attended by various heads of national standardization bodies within the grouping, will examine the harmonization work performed by national experts in the chemical products sector, the building and construction sector and in tourism services.

The five-day meeting, which began here Monday, is being attended by participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Niger, Mali, Togo, and Guinea.

Professor Alex Dodoo, the executive director of GSA, said the Technical Committee which had been in place since 2013 had managed to harmonize 20 standards already and now the focus was on 30 other standards which were going to be reviewed with the ultimate goal of improving trade among ECOWAS member states.

He said the meeting was to help ensure that standards in the sub-region were compatible with international standards through trading within the states and with the world. Prof Dodoo said ECOWAS countries needed to ensure that the efforts being made impacted on consumers, and also felt its usefulness.

He appealed to governments in the sub-region to ensure that the standards were approved and applied to promote trade in the member countries. �


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