LEA and BOBS partner to promote best business practices and standards of SMMEs

This joint effort will among others focus on offering appropriate awareness creation amongst SMMEs to utilise local and international standards, testing, certification, inspection and equipment calibration to enable them to compete in both domestic, and most importantly export markets.

LEA and BOBS partner to promote best business practices and standards of SMMEs
Dr. Racious Moatshe, LEA CEO (Pic: MONIRUL BHUIYAN/PRESS PHOTO)

The Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) and Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) have partnered through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU); as a commitment to work together to contribute towards the growth of local Entrepreneurs and Enterprises. Under this MoU the two entities intend to ensure that Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises in Botswana are compliant to the business practices and professional standards in the provision of commodities and services to local and international markets.

This joint effort will among others focus on offering appropriate awareness creation amongst SMMEs to utilise local and international standards, testing, certification, inspection and equipment calibration to enable them to compete in both domestic, and most importantly export markets.

The MoU further demonstrates commitment to expose entrepreneurship and business management training on standards and quality assurance as well as mentorship programmes to assist entrepreneurs to uptake and adhere to quality standards. The parties will also facilitate linkages and channel information relating to standards implementation to individual SMMEs.

LEA and BOBS have also committed to provide support and facilitate for testing of products for specified parameters for quality assurance and compliance with available standards and other industry/sector specific quality associations. Additionally, the two entities will facilitate resources required for the adoption of Quality and inculcate quality culture amongst SMMEs.