The Germany Institute of Metrology has designed and established a quality web portal to help the East African Community (EAC) member states to access and share information easily.
A web portal acts as an entry point to an array of resources or services. While a website is a collection of web pages, images, videos or other digital assets hosted on one or several web server(s).
The web portal is to help in the sensitisation of the general public about standardisation of activities in the region. It is hoped, this would harmonise regional activities and build a client oriented infrastructure, complying with international standards among EAC member states.
“Without a well-functioning quality infrastructure, the economic and social development of a country is not conceivable,” Rwanda Bureau of Standards’s Anastase Kimonyo said. He said this during the launch of the web portal at Hotel Des Mille Collines on Monday.
Rwanda now becomes the third East African State to launch a web portal after Tanzania and Uganda. Christian Clagues, the Germany ambassador to Rwanda was optimistic the web would help EAC states in metrology, standardisation and testing of quality management and evaluation of certificates and accreditation of EAC member state’s activities.
”If properly managed and utilised, the web portal will contribute much in disseminating information on matters of standardisation, quality assurance, metrology and testing and help build a quality culture in the region,” he explained. Products displaying the quality will more readily find market due to consumer confidence.
The Kenyan ambassador to Rwanda Alex A. Ketter requested the RBS to coordinate with other East African Bureaus to speed-up the harmonisation of standards.