The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Government of Ghana, Government of Switzerland and Quality Control Company Limited (QCC) on Tuesday 24th September launch a new country programme to improve trade quality and standards of cashew, oil palm and cocoa exports in Accra at the Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel.
The Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP) is an innovative programme developed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and UNIDO to address country-specific quality and standards compliance capacity challenges in partner countries to facilitate market access for SMEs in selected value chains. Today’s launch has made Ghana achieved yet another major milestone in cementing its position as the world’s second-largest producer of cocoa beans.
In addition to the launch of the program today, UNIDO also accredited QCC with two quality certificates meant for cocoa testing and inspection :
- ISO IEC 17020
- ISO IEC 17025.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Ebenezer Owusu, Chairman of the Board of Quantity Control Company, said COCOBOD was the first organization to attain the accreditations in the West African Sub-region.
Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, Phillip Stalder, congratulated COCOBOD, saying these accreditations are achievements which mark a significant milestone for the Ghanaian cocoa industry.
He expressed the belief that with appropriate investment, the Ghanaian cocoa sector can do much better in the future.
He added that Switzerland will continue to support the Ghanaian cocoa industry.
Managing Director of QCC, Samuel Maxwell Nana Kakari Addo, outlined some benefits of the accreditations.
He stated it will lead to timely documentation of inspection data, adding that the accreditations have assured the global market of premium quality cocoa from Ghana.