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KEBS champions Quality Excellence for Competitive Advantage in Africa

Kenya Bureau of Standards Managing Director Esther Ngari consults with Eng. Yahya Ahmed Bukar, Director of Standards Development Nigeria during the official opening of the 3rd Regional Quality Conference in Mombasa this morning.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has taken a monumental step forward in redefining the landscape of quality and competitiveness across Africa.

At the heart of this transformative journey is the Regional Quality Conference designed to foster dialogue, innovation, and excellence among industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders.

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In an era where global markets are increasingly interconnected and competitive, Esther Ngari.

Managing Director, KEBS asserts that the Bureau has identified quality excellence as the key to unlocking sustainable growth and a competitive edge for African businesses.

“In today’s fast-paced and ever-evolving marketplace, the pursuit of competitive advantage through quality excellence is not just important; it’s imperative,” stated.

Ngari adding: “Our commitment to quality is a journey, not a destination. It is about creating a culture that transcends compliance and becomes the cornerstone of our competitive advantage.”

The conference, held under the theme “Realizing Competitive Advantage through Quality Excellence,” saw the participation of distinguished guests and industry experts, including Patricia Okune, Council Member of the National Standards Council (NSC).

Reflecting on the importance of collective action and collaboration, Patricia, highlighted the transformative potential of quality excellence for African enterprises. “Quality is the catalyst that propels businesses from local markets to global stages,” Patricia remarked. “By embracing a culture of continuous improvement and innovation, we can create legacies of excellence that transcend generations.”

The conference explored critical topics such as the impact of digital transformation on quality, the role of circular economies in Africa, and the importance of sustainable practices.

Through discussions and collaborative sessions, participants were encouraged to think differently, share insights, and commit to actionable changes that foster a culture of quality and sustainability.

Patricia extended a challenge to all attendees to identify and implement at least one strategy for enhancing quality within their organizations. “Let us be pioneers on a quest to redefine the essence of quality in our industries and economies,” Patricia urged. “Together, we can transform challenges into opportunities and visions into realities.”

The Regional Quality Conference marks a significant milestone in KEBS’ ongoing efforts to elevate standards and champion excellence across the continent.

Through collaboration, innovation, and a shared commitment to quality, KEBS and its partners are poised to drive Africa’s industries towards unparalleled competitiveness and success.

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