WAQSP: The quality criteria taken into account in the public procurement in West Africa

"I am delighted that UNIDO has chosen to bring together sixteen (16) heads of management bodies in Mauritania, which is a very strong signal for us, especially that if the workshop achieves its objectives, it will another turning point in the move towards the establishment of a robust Quality Infrastructure"

Doubt is no longer possible; the WAQSP really supports the regional private sector. During a visit to Lome and on the sidelines of the region's consumer training workshop, one of the winners of the ECOWAS Quality Award, the AEC Cabinet submitted to the Commissioner of Industry and Promotion of the Private Sector of ECOWAS, Mamadou Traoré, the following request: to integrate quality criteria into national and regional public procurement legislation in order to allow private companies engaged in the quality process to benefit from a comparative advantage. "It would be a way to encourage us to stay the course and get other companies involved in the quality process," said Dr. Charles Barrera, CEO of AEC. It was in the presence of the Chief Technical Adviser of the WAQSP, Aka Jean Joseph Kouassi, who had taken good note. It seems that the call was of course made by the Commissioner, with this workshop that the WAQSP organized in Mauritania.

"Public procurement in our States is an important part of the national order. Standards, the basis of quality management, can be a tool for the buyer to help him define and communicate his needs, to write his specifications or selection criteria. This draft guide which is submitted to sixteen (16) public procurement officials, representing their States, serves to explain in simple terms how to find the right standards and their uses for public purchasing purposes. It is not a substitute for the laws and regulations in force in our member States and at the regional level ", said Yaya Niafo, representing Commissioner Mamadou Traoré, in charge of Industry and Private Sector Promotion at the regional level in the ECOWAS Commission.


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