The standardization and quality institutes of Angola and Mozambique signed a cooperation protocol that defines the basis for cooperation in the areas of technical, technological and scientific exchange, as well as experiences sharing.

The protocol, which got into force as from Thursday, was signed by the general director of the Angolan Standardization and Quality Institute (IANORQ), Laurentino Sousa Pedro Canga, and his Mozambican counterpart, Alfredo Sitoe.

The protocol signing ceremony was witnessed by the Minister of Industry, Bernarda Martins and her Mozambican counterpart, Oldemiro Julio Marques Baloi, who is paying a working visit to the country.

The two countries have specific areas of standardization cooperation, including the transfer of the legislative body of both parties for the adoption of adaptation, metrology, in all its variants, methods and processes.

The protocol also covers the certification in organizational and methodological aspects, training of auditors for certification of products and systems, exchange of bibliographical information, educational and information materials considered important for the institutions.

Angola and Mozambique also agreed to conduct research projects in areas of common interest, cooperation in the development of continuous training and graduate, with a view to mutual appreciation of ongoing training programmes of these institutes.

On the sidelines of this event, the Director General of “IANORQ” Laurentino Sousa Pedro Canga, said that Angola has great ambition with the signing of this protocol, which will open “doors” to strengthen the quality area.

According to him, Mozambique has an opportunity to enjoy substantial support from international institutions and with great experience in “know how” in the certification and quality field. Angola will take advantage of this institutional vehicle to gather experiences and strengthen the national system.

On his turn, the Mozambican official, Alfredo Sitoe, said that the signing of the agreement represents the strengthening of relations between the two countries with regard to standardization and quality.

“We are prepared to start with the implementation of this protocol, giving priority to standardization area, since its control is not known by everyone” said the Mozambican official, maintaining that his country has adopted 925 technical standards.

Source: Nam News Network