The Bahamas Bureau of Standards & Quality (BBSQ), in its ongoing effort to develop national standards, in line with global standards, hosted a landmark forum, Fri Oct 27th.
Dr. Renae Bufford, BBSQ Director, extended an invitation to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Secretary General, Mr. Sergio Mujica who made his first official visit to The Bahamas for the event. Sergio addressed government officials and key private and public sector representatives. He highlighted the importance of developing and implementing a quality infrastructure (QI) and elaborated on how QI systems, particularly international standards, can enhance Tourism, Energy Efficiency, Agriculture and more. Sergio urged progress in this area, in an effort to open global markets to us and advance our overall economy. The morning forum was held in the Courtyard Marriott Ballroom.
BBSQ then hosted an evening cocktail reception, at the Grand Hyatt, Baha Mar, to acknowledge critical contributions made by National Standards Technical Committees. These committees assist BBSQ with developing standards for a range of industries and service areas including Water and Water Products, Food Hygiene, Labelling of Food Products, Tobacco and Tobacco Products, Poultry/Poultry Products, Building Products,
Spirits and Brewery Products, Laboratories, Management Systems, Tourism and Related Services and Electro-Technical and Energy Efficiency.
Members of each Technical Committee were highlighted at the BBSQ Cocktail reception and received certificates of appreciation. BBSQ staff members were also recognized for their dedication to National Standards Development.