Lofa County District # 2 Representative, Fofi Sahr Baimba , has submitted a bill calling for the establishment of the Liberia National Standard Authority (LNSA). The bill was presented to plenary recently during the 3rd day sitting of the Third Session. In a communication addressed to plenary, Rep. Baimba stated that the LNSA must be established as an autonomous agency to ensure the "quality and reliability of goods and services received on the Liberian market and released to the outside world." He said the LNSA will also ensure that goods or services being rendered in Liberia are of a high standard. He said the presentation of the bill came in the wake of consultations with authorities of the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare, Commerce and Industry, Agriculture, Public Works and several heads of business organizations in the country. "Pleaseaccept my sincere compliments and appreciation to all of you for your tireless efforts to move our country to a highest standard in goods and service delivery to our people. I have recently been in consultation with the ministries of health and social welfare, agriculture, commerce and public works and some heads of business associations. In result of these consultative meetings and deliberations is a development of a bill that will serve the interest of consumers as well as producers. It is my pleasure therefore to introduce to you the idea of a new legislation to create the autonomous Liberia National Standard Authority to ensure quality and reliability of goods and services received on the Liberian market and goods released on the outside world," the Lofa lawmaker mentioned. The Lofa County lawmaker disclosed that any country without an accredited or legal standard organization makes itself (country) open for the exploitation of their citizens through the importation of "substandard and dangerous goods" and therefore, the LNSA must be created to help address the situation. Rep. Baima, however, called on his colleagues to see reason for the establishment of the Liberia National Standard Authority to curtail substandard goods and services on the local market. "Any country without an accredited national standard organization mandated by the law with the capacity to ensure that goods entering its commerce are of the highest standard makes itself open for the exploitation of its citizens by the importation of substandard and dangerous goods. Therefore, Liberia must have a national standard authority autonomous from any other trade enhancing institution such as the ministry of commerce and industry, Liberia Small Business administration. Our bill is self-explanatory and we solicit your full support," he amongst other things added.
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