Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) is launching a one-year diploma course on international business standards to create a pool of managers who can help ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality.
The course seeks to provide expertise on strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors as well as increasing productivity in line with the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) values.
At present, users can access nearly 20,000 publications on international standards from the ISO store for fee.
The new course is a collaboration involving Apex Management Systems, Kenya Bureau of Standards and African Organisation for Standardization.
“Kenya businesses need to adopt internationally accredited standards to penetrate international markets. For Kenya to achieve this, it needs to have a ready pool of quality management trainers to satisfy the market,” said the chief executive of Apex Bosibori Okioma.
The programme will be launched this month during the Kenya Quality Week, an exhibition meant raise awareness of standards. During the event, businesses will be trained in how to raise competitiveness by adhering to globally accepted standards.
Standards have become an important trade issue in the region following on-going efforts by the East African Community (EAC) to harmonize quality standard as part of eliminating non-tariff barriers that have slowed down intra-regional trade.
EAC has endorsed 120 common product standards enabling easier movement of the targeted products at the border points, in a move that is increasing volume and speed of trade within the common market.