ACCRA, The Ghanaian government is working on setting up a National Quality Council to implement the National Quality Policy (NQP) and to co-ordinate the activities of institutions which oversee quality-related activities, ensuring that health and safety of individuals and the environment are protected.

The council would include representatives of key ministries, departments and agencies, as well as the private sector, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Carlos Ahenkorah said when opening a validation workshop on the National Quality Policy here Wednesday. The two-day workshop seeks to corroborate the NQP, which had been under preparation for some months and to further the course of the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI).

The two-day workshop, which was organized by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to review the draft NQP, is being attended by more than 70 key stakeholders drawn from industry, academia, and the private and public sectors.

The current draft NQP developed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry has been reviewed and aligned to the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) Quality Policy (ECOQUAL), which was adopted by West African Heads of States and Governments on Feb 28, 2013.

Ghana is the only country in the ECOWAS sub-region without a NQP; hence the NQP of Ghana aims to develop an effective, efficient and globally recognised NQI. The final NQP of Ghana is expected to drive the establishment/strengthening, operation and maintenance of the NQI that would adequately protect public health and safety, and facilitate intra and inter-regional trade.