KEBS highlights impact of standards on economic growth

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has emphasized the critical role of standards in catalyzing business growth, enhancing efficiency, and fostering sustainable development.

While highlighting the importance of standards in business profitability and revenue growth, Lt Col (Rtd.) Bernard Njiraini, Managing Director of KEBS, referred to case studies from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the British Standards Institute (BSI) as compelling evidence of the positive impact that standards have on organizational performance and the broader economy.

Njiraini stated, “Standards are the bedrock of successful businesses, driving innovation, productivity, and quality. By adopting these practices, organizations not only become more competitive but also contribute to the overall growth and sustainability of our economy.”

Njiraini was speaking during the annual series of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) Breakfast roundtable held last week. 

He also discussed Kenya’s improved ranking in the Global Quality Infrastructure Index (GQII) Report 2021, signaling progress in the nation’s quality infrastructure. He emphasized the need for strategic intent in improving Kenya’s GQII ranking, as it correlates directly with economic development and the ability to create a sustainable future.

KEBS has identified specific interventions under the Technical services pillar of its 2022-2027 Strategy, with a strong focus on expanding system certification and training services scopes. One key initiative includes rolling out a certification scheme on ISO 37101:2016, targeting cities, counties, and sub-counties for sustainable development in communities. The adoption of ISO 37101 will result in more sustainable, resilient, and smart communities, making them attractive investment destinations.

Urging participants to prioritize the uptake of Management System Standards in their organizations, Njiraini said, “By embracing standards today, businesses can set themselves up for long-term success and growth, contributing to a more prosperous future for Kenya. Let’s work together to harness the power of standards for the betterment of our economy and society.”

With a commitment to promoting the adoption of standards and providing opportunities for business leaders to learn more and get involved, KEBS continues to play a vital role in driving economic growth and sustainability in Kenya. 

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