GNBS launches ‘Made in Guyana’ certification mark at 3rd National Quality Awards

((L-R) Chairman of the National Standards Council (NSC) Mr. Vladim Persaud, Executive Director (Ag.) of the GNBS Ms. Ramrattie Karan and First Lady Mrs. Arya Ali applauds after unveiling the ‘Made in Guyana’ certification mark.)

The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) on Tuesday evening launched its ‘Made in Guyana’ certification mark which will be used to certify authentic Guyanese products. The trademark was unveiled by First Lady Mrs. Arya Ali at the Bureau’s third National Quality Awards hosted at Parc Rayne, Lot 1 Rahaman’s Park, Georgetown.

The trademark aims to create national competitiveness for authentic Guyanese produced products, create and promote brand recognition of locally manufactured Guyanese Products on markets and establish consumer confidence in locally made Guyanese products. The Certification Mark will be used by the GNBS to certify authentic Guyanese products based on the quantity of local raw materials used in their production, and the number of Guyanese staff employed by their establishment, among others.

The GNBS’ National Quality Awards (NQA) honours companies which have been implementing standards within their operations to produce quality goods and services.

Thirty-six (36) Guyanese companies participated in this year’s edition of the Awards under the overall categories of Manufacturing, Services, Small Business Manufacturing, Small Business Services and Agro-Processing (Table attached). There were also specific awards for customer-focus, continuous improvement, and health & safety and environmental initiatives.

The Biennial NQA ceremony was the highlight of National Quality Week 2021. This year’s event also featured the launch of a ‘Made in Guyana’ Certification Mark which was unveiled by First Lady Mrs. Arya Ali.

During his address to those gathered at the ceremony, Minister of Natural Resources and Acting Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Hon. Vickram Bharrat said the Awards bring the business sector into the spotlight for going the extra mile to meet the requirements of National and International Standards. He added that as the government pushes for local content in the expanding oil and gas sector, companies must strive to produce quality products. “The opportune time is now when we can throw mediocrity out of the window and say we only accept standards and quality,” Minister Bharrat noted.

Also addressing the event was Chairman of the National Standards Council (NSC) Mr Vladim Persaud who highlighted the importance of recognising businesses’ efforts in implementing the requirements of standards across sectors.

“I believe, like in anything else, we need to let those involved know how they are doing, especially when they are doing well… What this does is heighten confidence and encourage others to get on board and become more competitive,” Mr. Persaud said.

Executive Director (Ag.) of the GNBS, Ms. Ramrattie Karan congratulated the winners of the event and urged that others continue to strive for excellence in their operations towards providing better end products to consumers.

Meanwhile, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, H.E Dr. Irfaan Ali was represented by Minister within the Ministry of Works, Hon. Deodat Indar. Minister Indar applauded the GNBS for hosting such an event which recognises local businesses for their commitment to delivering quality products and services. He also congratulated the participants of the Awards for going the extra mile to ensure quality and customer satisfaction.

“You are the engine of growth in this country,” he told private sector participants, alluding to the Ministry of Finance’s Mid-year report which shows that in the first half of 2021, Guyana recorded a 14.5 percent growth in real GDP.

Minister Indar cautioned business owners to not lose sight of quality, especially in the agro-processing sector, as they work to meet increasing demands for products and services resulting from the overall expansion of the economy.

The GNBS will host the fourth National Quality Awards in 2023, when it is anticipated that many more companies will vie for the awards in more categories.

The winners of the NQA were chosen based on the results of Assessment Audits conducted at each entity to determine its level of conformance to the Seven Quality Principles established by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO); and Occupational Safety & Health and Environmental requirements. See list of winners below:

Massy Gas Products (Guyana) Ltd. Overall – Services
NAMILCO Overall – Manufacturing
Steve’s Jewellery Overall – Small Business Manufacturing
St. Joseph Hospital Medical Laboratory Overall – Small Business Services
Morning Glory Inc. Overall – Agro-Processing
Nand Persaud & Company Limited Customer-Focus
Assuria General GY Inc. & Assuria Life GY Inc. Customer-Focus
AW&HW Aeronautical Engineering School Customer-Focus
NAMILCO Continuous Improvement
MACORP Continuous Improvement
Quest Medical Centre Continuous Improvement
New GPC Inc. Occupational Health and Safety practices
Massy gas Products (Guyana) Ltd. Occupational Health and Safety practices
MACORP Occupational Health and Safety practices
Puran Brothers Disposal Inc. Occupational Health and Safety practices
Denmor Garments Manufacturers Inc. Occupational Health and Safety practices
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Laboratory Occupational Health and Safety practices
NAMILCO Environmental Initiative
Nand Persaud & Company Limited Environmental Initiative
Cevons Waste Management Environmental Initiative
Denmor Garments Manufacturers Inc. Environmental Initiative
Doobay-Gafoor Medical & Research Centre Inc. Environmental Initiative
Morning Glory Inc. Environmental Initiative