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Remarks by CROSQ CEO, Mr. Deryck Omar

Opening of the Belize Bureau of Standards Headquarters,

Belmopan, Belize

28th April, 2017

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European Union Ambassador, Ms. Malgorzata Wasilewska;

Deputy British High Commissioner, Mrs. Grace Chun;

Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, the Honourable Tracy Taegar Panton;

CEO in the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum, Ms. Yvonne Hyde;

CEO in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, Mrs. Amparo Masson;

Deputy Mayor of the City of Belmopan, Mr. Ralston Frazer;

Director of the Belize Bureau of Standards, Mr. Jose Trejo;

Specially invited guests;

Staff of the Belize Bureau of Standards;

Members of the media;

Ladies and gentlemen.

Within the CROSQ Network we’ve seen a great many advancements in developing this region’s Quality Infrastructure in the past 15 years that the Secretariat has been established. Anyone with the network of 15 Member States of CARICOM will also tell of the pride with which your Director of the Belize Bureau of Standards, Mr. Jose Trejo, has spoken of his new offices and laboratories these past few years.

Within the past two years, discussions on the finalisation of plans for this structure, and whispered eagerness about the impending opening of this building had become a norm for us. Any talk of metrology and we’d hear Mr. Trejo launch into details of plans for his metrology labs. Discussions on accreditation and conformity assessment, would send him off into tales of what he hoped to accomplish from this new location. And the story is the same with Standards, as well as awareness-raising.

If there is one bureau that has taken on board, full-hearted, our fifth pillar of Quality Infrastructure – Awareness and Information, it is this bureau, led by our now Chairman, Mr. Jose Trejo. He has preached the talk and walked the walk, leading by example with the development of the Bureau’s Marketing and Communication Plans and myriad of events and activities to further promote QI to the Belizean public.

It is against this backdrop that I bring you brief congratulatory remarks today from the CROSQ Network, through its Secretariat based in Barbados.

It would be difficult to fully express the pride we feel in standing here today to participate in the opening of these headquarters. This step today, 25 years after the Belize Bureau of Standards was formally established on May 16, 1992.

There is a certain amount of pride across the region that comes with the establishment of a fellow Bureau of Standard in a country. It says that this country recognises the need for quality and quality services in ensuring the health and safety of its peoples. It says that this country is forward-thinking in areas of trade that such steps to establish quality infrastructure will open on the regional and international markets. It also says that the country has faith in the people entrusted to lead that charge towards a quality way of life.

It is why we, the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality, better known as CROSQ, the network of 15 bureaux of standards, are here today. We are here to share in this momentous celebration, to say congratulations to our partners here in Belize at the Belize Bureau of Standards, and to your fellow Belizeans as well who will enjoy these services.

Strategically, our mandate within CROSQ is to facilitate trade and competitiveness of CARICOM products and services for sustainable development through the implementation of regional quality infrastructure, and we do this through aiding the national bureaux of standards in the development of their national quality infrastructure. It is a mandate we take very seriously, and through which over the past five years alone the CROSQ has reinvested or channelled at least US$240,000 in financial, technical and other assistance towards advancing the Quality Infrastructure in Belize. This represents a 4 to 1 return on your country’s own investment in our regional organisation.

That support has been delivered through the delivery of equipment and materials; assistance with research, training, coaching, consultations, advice, and information, awareness and certification programmes. Quite a bit of that technical assistance was in preparing this very facility to deliver the kind of top class service in metrology that it is expected to for the foreseeable future, and I would very much like to single out CROSQ’s own Technical Officer, Metrology, Mr. David Tomlinson for his work in aiding and coordinating some of that support.

It would also be remiss of me not to mention that Belize, and by extension the Director Mr Trejo, has been the Chair of CROSQ for the past one and a half years, and under such Governance CROSQ has achieved much. Some of the notable outcomes have included the first Regional Standards Development Priority Plan, which is also now making its way as a template for other regions in the world; the development of a Regional Quality Policy that will shortly go to the Region’s Trade Ministers for approval; a ground-breaking Metrology e-Learning programme, as well as Marketing and Informational videos and Communication toolkits, to name just a few. He has also overseen the development of CROSQ’s own 10-Year Financial Sustainability Plan, as well as an Organisational Structure framework being now implemented at the CROSQ Secretariat.

So having yet another bureau now officially join us in this cause is a highlight for the network of CROSQ.

We have no doubt that the Belize Bureau of Standards will do much and go very far towards ensuring the health and safety of Belizeans and by extension its neighbours in the region and the rest of the world, with the delivery of Quality Infrastructure services that act as safeguards for products and services consumed by us all. We know in years to come we will hear much about the expansion of this facility you are opening here today, and we will not be surprised if with that expansion comes the need for even more space to accommodate the demand from industry and your customers here in Belize.

Congratulation to you all and we look forward to continuing the hard work we are CROSQ have been doing to aid your own development.

Dignitaries, specially invited guests, ladies and gentlemen and members of the media, I thank you.

Kindly click on the link below to download a copy of the CEO of CROSQ Remarks:

 http://bbs.gov.bz/index.php/bbs-documents/summary/7-press-releases/704-guest-speaker-ceo-of-crosq-remarks

 

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