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How Does Quality Affect Economic Growth?

It has already been shown in other paragraphs that properly installed market surveillance guarantees that all products on the market conform to certain mandatory standards, called technical regulations. These technical regulations are set by the national or regional government. In the case of the EAC, this market surveillance is performed - amongst others - by the National Standard Bodies.
Voluntary standards are commonly agreed upon by the business community itself. The conformity of products with these standards is voluntarily controlled by privately run and financed institutions. In addition to the assurance of a defined quality, these standards also guarantee that a product fits to further specifications, like size.The production based on these standards and the usage of standardised products is a necessity for penetrating markets. At the same time, this reduces costs. In addition, it facilitates the cooperation between firms. All these factors contribute to economic growth and consequently the creation of jobs.

Cost Reduction through Standardisation

One of the aims of standardization is simplification or reduction of redundant variety. Variety costs money. If the customer wants reliable goods at the cheapest price he or she should be prepared to sacrifice some part of their individual desires. Too much limitation of variety however, will lead to a very dull and drab existence, so some compromises are necessary. (More in chapter “Business Community”)

Quality as Key to Export Markets

The requirements in the international markets are as varied as the markets themselves. It is therefore important that the situation be determined for each product and for each market – what does the market require in terms of quality, price, design, etc. Once this information is known a strategy can be formulated and implemented to ensure that the product will attract the attention of potential buyers in the target market. (More in chapter “Business Community”)
see also
Consumers International
www.consumersinternational.
org

Uganda Consumers' Protection Association (UCPA)
http://ucpa.eac-quality.net

Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA)
www.tfda.or.tz

Uganda National Bureau of Standards list of certified products as at April 2010