By Tendai Sahondo
THE Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) is set to host the Zimbabwe Standards Week in November, SAZ Director General (DG), Dr Eve Gadzikwa has revealed.
In an interview with The Business Connect Gadzikwa said the event will be hosted in the resort town of Victoria Falls under the theme: ‘Business Resilience and Growth in a VUCA Environment’
“SAZ is excited to host the Zimbabwe Standards Week from the 20th of November. The theme highlights that standards can allow you to improve your resilience and grow your business. Preparations are already at an advanced stage. We are speaking to various potential partners and sponsors. Our hope is that it will be bigger and better this year. We have been hosting the event for a number of years and we believe it is going to be a very good event.
“We will have three key events in that week. The first will be the sixth edition of the Business Leaders’ conference which has been held consecutively for the past five years, this will be the sixth year to host this event. We have put together the conference for decision makers, policy makers, private sector and micro enterprises. At this conference we are going to be really talking about issues of standards, on how standards can help you improve customer confidence and enhance your bottom line. Basically we will discuss the economic and social benefits of standards,” she said.
The second event that will be hosted in that week will be the World Standards Day. Gadzikwa said although the event is celebrated on the 14th of October globally, it has been penciled in for November to converge with the Zimbabwe Standards Week.
The DG revealed that SAZ will also host the 10th edition of the National Annual Quality Awards (NAQA) which will celebrate companies and individuals that have made use of standards to improve the quality and service of their products in Zimbabwe.
“NAQA is a very exciting event; it is the premium event on our calendar. The winners of this national event will go and compete at the regional level. Over the past ten years we have managed to scoop at least 11 awards at the regional competition. This is a way for us to showcase our Zimbabwean products here but also allow our companies to then penetrate the regional market. The winners will then be able to promote their products and services to 15 SADC countries under the SADC Annual Quality Awards.
“As SAZ we are very excited about the standards week as it creates an opportunity for us to talk to our consumers about the importance of technology, innovation and modernisation of their businesses through the use of standards. We would want all of them to be able to adopt the standards, accentuate their business and also accelerate their growth in line with this year’s Zimbabwe Agricultural Show theme,” she added.