The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) and the South Sudan National Bureau of Standards (SSNSB) entered into an agreement by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Friday, 28th January 2022, in Blantyre.
Among others, this agreement aims at facilitating trade activities between Malawi and the republic of South Sudan and further international cooperation mainly on standardization, quality assurance and metrology.
Speaking during the MoU signing ceremony, the Vice Chairperson of the MBS Board, Mr Phillip Makhumula, said the MoU is there to ease importation and exportation of goods between the two countries because each side of the agreement will have to recognize conformity or certification by the other body. Makhumula also said the agreement is there to empower the two organizations to make sure that what they certify as a good product is really of good quality.
On her part, CEO for SSNBS, Madam Mary Nyitur Gordon Mourtat, said that the MoU is there to make sure that all necessary parameters are set for easy exportation and importation of essential commodities. Mourtat also indicated that the MoU was a starting point for the implementation of the African Free Trade Agreement.
Some of the essential commodities expected to be exported to South Sudan include maize flour, beans, cooking oil and rice.