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Minister of State for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Michael Stern, has saluted the work of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), while noting that the entity has a critical role to play as the Government implements strategies to cushion the effects of the global financial turmoil.
“There are a lot of people, who are looking to the Bureau to help turn around the economy or to help those who want to get into new products. The BSJ has a critical role to play in preparing the country for a recovery,” Mr Stern said as he addressed the BSJ staff award ceremony yesterday (Dec. 18), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.
He encouraged the management and staff of the entity to recommit to the mission of the BSJ, which is to promote the international competitiveness of Jamaican products, facilitate trade, and protect consumers by providing standardisation, metrology and regulatory services.
He said that as the BSJ continues to undertake the critical task of formulating, promoting, and implementing standards for goods and services through the Standards and Process Foods Acts, momentum should be given to efforts to ensure greater compliance by importers and retailers, to existing regulations.
The Industry State Minister pointed to the need for increased focus on the certification of agricultural produce, so as to facilitate Jamaica’s ability to compete globally in that area of trade, and to increase the levels of acceptance and consumption in the local market.
“This will ensure that farmers comply with the necessary quality and environmental standards and safety regulations in the cultivation of crops, using the required principles of science and technology standards,” the State Minister said.
He further urged the Bureau to commit to the highest level of work, professional integrity “and balance its regulatory authority with a facilitatory client-focussed attitude, especially at this time of great challenge.”
Interim Executive Director of the BSJ, Noel Osbourne, in his remarks, said that the entity is pleased to salute the staff for the service they continue to give, often under difficult circumstances, to further the development of the country.
He stated that despite the challenges being faced in the global economy, the Bureau will continue its mandate to “serve Jamaica with commitment and dedication.”
Staff were recognised for between five and 15 years of service, while there were some special awards for outstanding performance.