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Jun 11, 2015

…Where Does Belize Currently Stand?

Deryck Omar

With the assistance from the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality, agricultural stakeholders from both the public and private sector gathered to devise a priority list to put in place a more comprehensive and detailed plan for the local industry. According to Chief Executive Officer of CROS-Q, Deryck Omar, there are certain plans in place locally that will solidify Belize’s standing when it comes to quality infrastructural development.

 

Deryck Omar, Chief Executive Officer, CROSQ

“Theoretically, if everybody has a uniformity as to how they define quality in various areas, then trade should occur easier because then nobody would have to stop anybody’s products or services. So what we have been doing over the past couple of years is we have been looking at a number of agricultural standards in different areas: fruits, vegetables, fisheries, livestock and looking at people’s standards and trying to harmonize it. And what we are doing in Belize today is a separate project from that that seeks to gather stakeholders in the agricultural industries in various member states together to discuss what are the quality infrastructural needs in that particular agricultural industry and what he member state Bureau of Standard can do to help bridge that gap in any quality infrastructural issues. And then by CROSQ facilitating that dialogue, we do two things…we will get to see where we can help and secondly, we will help the countries to start and continue such dialogues if they don’t have it as yet.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir, looking at where Belize is when compared to the Caribbean, are we in a good position when it comes to our standards?”

 

Deryck Omar

“Well you’re a very young country, 1981 independence. Your Bureau of Standards came in to be only really about seven-eight years ago and I would say that you’re maybe at the cusp of the middle third in terms of developing standards and developing your measurement infrastructure and stuff like that. But you all have a lot of plans on your agenda, concrete plans with the Caribbean Development Bank, with the European Union, with some German funding and with CROSQ and I have a funny feeling in the next five years, you are going to have accelerated development in your area to really embed yourself in this middle third of the CARICOM countries in terms of your quality infrastructure development. And those projects will come into fruition from the beginning of this year, well over the next few months, really.”

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