SLBS underakes standardization pilot programme

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SLBS underakes standardization pilot programme

The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) is on the verge of undertaking a pilot study of the economic benefits to be gained by Saint Lucia’s business community as a result of standardization.

The case study will initially commence with Baron Foods Limited in Vieux Fort, which the Bureau commended as one of Saint Lucia’s foremost companies in terms of standardization.

Acting Director of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards, Mr. Anselm Gittens, said the undertaking is a first ever initiative of this nature for the SLBS.

“This particular occasion is the first time the Bureau has actually tried to quantify the impact of standardization on the economy, and we are working with one of the lead companies in Saint Lucia— a leading exporter. We hope that the experience gained in working with this company would then be extended to other companies. So going forward, we can actually determine that the work the Bureau has done, the application of standards has actually impacted the economy of Saint Lucia,” Mr. Gittens said.

Chief Executive Officer of Baron Foods Limited, Mr. Ronald Ramjattan, said his company welcomed partnering with the SLBS. The CEO of Baron Foods also noted the many rewards that standardization can bring to the business community.

“It is good to see that Baron Foods Limited is being recognized on the regional and internal scene, winning numerous awards. Just recently Baron Foods competed in four categories in the Caribbean Business Awards (CBA), and we won all four of those categories,” the obviously joyful Baron Food’s CEO said.

This year the Bureau of Standards marked World Standards Day in the company of a special guest, Dr. Daniele Gerundino, strategic adviser to the secretary general of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Dr. Gerundino addressed the business community at a Business Mixer and Appreciation on Wednesday, October 17 on ‘The importance of participating in technical committees.’

The activity was held at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort.

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