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Development of Certification Schemes for Baobab and Honey

The Gambia Standards Bureau entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Large-Scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) project for the development of Certification Schemes for Baobab and Honey. The schemes, once completed, will specify the requirements that these forestry products need to conform to enable them penetrate the global markets.

Today's meeting was graced by technicians from relevant institutions across the country, TGSB staff and the media.

Certification Schemes for honey

 

Technical Committee Meeting on Water and Sanitation for the Development of Technical Standards on Drinking Water and Sewage/Wastewater Systems in The Gambia

The Gambia Standards Bureau and The Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) collaborated to develop National Drinking Water Quality Standard and Wastewater Discharge Quality Standard. Since access to clean water and sanitation is a basic human right, these standards once developed and implemented will enhance our general wellbeing as well protect our environment. The development of these standards are supported by PURA and facilitated by TGSB.
Today's inaugural meeting of the Technical Committee for Water and Sanitation was graced by the Director General of TGSB and Director General of PURA, Senior MDAs Officials, UTG, Private Sector, CBOs, NGO, Consumers groups and Media Houses.

Modou Dumbuya, the Senior Standards Officer for Construction and Transportation took TC members through the standards development procedures and codes of ethics for TC work.

 

Water and Sanitation TC group photo

 

TGSB AND GIRAV MOU FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARDS

The Gambia Standards Bureau and the Gambia Inclusive and Resilient Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (GIRAV) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the 18th of October 2022. The MOU will ensure the development and promotion of Standards in the various value chains of the Project in Rice, Maize, Cashew, Horticulture and Poultry.  The MOU will also seek to address the challenges in the implementation of relevant Standards to enhance the quality and safety of the value chain products and build the capacity of the actors.  In addition, the required quality control measures in testing and certification will be developed to fill the current gaps.

TGSB MOU with GIRAV FOR THE PORPOSE OF STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT

 

TGSB PHILIPINES STUDY TOUR

The Gambia Standards Bureau (TGSB), through the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (DA-BAFS), requested the DA of The five-day study tour hosted by the DA aims to provide an overview of the programs, activities, and projects and food safety and quality control systems of the Philippine DA specific to rice. At the end of the event, the TGSB delegates will be able to describe the national implementation of the DA specific to rice in the areas of standards development, quality control, regulations, research and development, training and extension, and laboratory testing.. The Gambia project aims to upscale production and productivity, add value, and reduce imports of rice in Gambia. In doing so, the RVCTP will make use of opportunities such as the existence of markets, rice processing plants, and prepared lands to increase the production and productivity of rice within the rice consolidated regions.

Philippines Study Tour TGSB and Department of Agriculture

The five-day study tour hosted by the DA aims to provide an overview of the programs, activities, and projects and food safety and quality control systems of the Philippine DA specific to rice. At the end of the event, the TGSB delegates will be able to describe the national implementation of the DA specific to rice in the areas of standards development, quality control, regulations, research and development, training and extension, and laboratory testing.

INAUGURAL MEETING ON THE CHEMICAL TECHNICAL COMMITEE

The Gambia Standards Bureau today organized an inaugural meeting of it Technical Committee on Chemicals at Senegambia Beach Hotel.
In delivering his welcoming statement on behalf the Director General of TGSB, Mr. Ebrima Musa Jallow,  Director of Standardization welcome the participants to the meeting. He later gave a brief overview of The Gambia Standards Bureau. This was later followed by a presentation on Standard development procedures by Mr. Modou Dumbuya a Senior Standards Officer at The Gambia Standards Bureau. 
After the presentation, Professor Oladele Oyelakin of UTG and Buba Touray of Bax Paint as the chair and vice chair of the Technical Committee respectively.

Inauguration of the Chemical Technical Committee


Participants were later introduced to the draft standard to review before it is adopted as a full fledged national standard. 
The event was moderated by Sambujang Drammeh and graced by the media fraternity such as QTV  GRTS, Standards, Point, Foroyaa and the Voice newspapers.

SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARDS ON GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICIES (GMP) FOR RICE MILLS

The Gambia Standards Bureau today organized a Sub-Committee meeting for the Development of the Standard on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Rice Mill.

The meeting attracted  Agricultural experts from both Public and Private sectors, Consumer and Producer Associations and the Academia.

Subcommittee meeting for standards development on good manufacturing practices for rice mills


The main objective of the meeting is to review the draft standard and effect amendment were necessary.

Here is the cross section of participants.

STANDARD SENSITIZATION ON CEMENT CONFORMITY

The Gambia Standards Bureau through the support of it line Ministry organised an information sharing workshop for cement importers across the country on two key  cement standards.
In delivering his opening statement on behalf of  the permanent secretary at the ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment Mr. Gaye, stressed the importance of todays gathering. He indicated that his Ministry is working tireless with  the Gambia Standards Bureau and other relevant key stakeholders to ensure that imported cement into the country conform to quality requirements as per the standards . " The Ministry of Trade is working  with TGSB and all other relevant  stakeholders in ensuring that personnel of the Gambia Standards Bureau are placed at boarder posts to ensure that cement imports meet quality specifications through testing before they are allowed into the country. He pointed  out the need to support and enhance the growth of our local cement dealers to enable  them compete meaningfully at the international stage by being committed to meeting the standard specifications.

Sensitization On Cement Conformity


Preceding Mr. Gaye's opening statement was the background information on The Gambia Standards Bureau by Mr. Ebrima Musa Jallow Director of Standardization at TGSB who doubles as the moderator of the event.
In introducing the two cement standards,  Mr. Modou Dumbuya a Senior Standards Officer gave a comprehensive presentations on the specifications of the two standards. This was followed by question and answer session.
In attendance were GRTS, QTV, The Point Newspaper and other print media.