The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) under the leadership of Director-General Prof. Alex Dodoo has initiated a groundbreaking move to tackle the proliferation of counterfeit goods in the market.
This new strategy involves the deployment of Trading Standards Inspectors (TSIs), marking Africa’s first cadre of trading standards inspectors.
Prof. Dodoo emphasized the crucial role these inspectors will play in upholding market integrity and ensuring products meet stringent standards, thereby safeguarding consumers from potentially hazardous or substandard items.
The initiative, developed in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI), has already seen the training of 200 inspectors, with an additional 50 undergoing training.
Speaking at a ceremony in Accra, Mr. Graham Holloway of BSI highlighted the importance of this initiative in promoting consumer confidence and safety, further underlining the positive impact it will have on the global standardization efforts.
The UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana, Baroness Catherine Hoey of Lylehill and Rathlin, commended the initiative, highlighting its significance in global standardization efforts and ensuring consumers worldwide receive value for their purchases.