AfreximBank, an international standards centre to Set up a quality centre in Mombasa, Kenya, second in Africa.
Kenya will host the Africa Quality Assurance Centre (AQAC), an international standards center, after Nigeria.
Moses Kuria, the cabinet secretary for trade, made the announcement on Thursday during a meeting between AQAC and the line departments about Kenyan quality standards.
The African Export-Import Bank (AfriExim) owns AQAC, which is one of the bank’s projects to create top-notch quality assurance facilities all throughout Africa.
In order to encourage exports and ease intra- and extra-African trade, the first center was built in Nigeria in December 2022 with the aim of ensuring that Made-in-Africa products adhere to international standards and technical laws.
Speaking after Kenya was identified as the second host for the centre, Kuria remarked that it would help Kenya increase exports while minimizing imports.
“To this end, we must ensure our export products meet the best international standards,” Kuria remarked during the meeting.
On how the centre would help Kenya, Kuria explained, “AQAC is a globally recognized quality assurance centre.”
“This means, that once our products are tested and approved from these stations, they will easily and without any barrier enter any market in the world.”
The Trade CS noted that the Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone in Mombasa was best suited to host the centre due to its ideal location and availability of expansion space.
AQAC is a state-of-the-art centre with the capacity to offer testing and certification of products for both export and domestic consumption.
AfriExim Bank makes sure the AQAClaboratories and modern instruments offer the requisite testing services, including physical and chemical testing, contaminant analysis (such as pesticides and heavy metals), microbiological testing, water analysis, soil analysis, plant analysis, and organic substrate analysis.