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By: - Alhaji Mohamed Wusha-Conteh 8th April,2019

The Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau has ended a one day Training workshop for Trade Monitors and Product Inspectors on the use of the newly developed Inspection Manual for Business Houses, Warehouses, Stores and Factories at the Conference Hall of the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau.

In his opening remarks, the Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau (SLSB), Professor Thomas Yormah, emphasized that skills development is key to more inclusive trade as this will help upgrade employees to receive basic mentoring and leadership development. He said that the Trade Monitors and Product Inspectors have important role to play in protecting human health, the economy and environment from the negative effects of sub-standard goods in the market.

Prof. Yormah noted that it is very good to motivate and empower workers to work safely and to protect the long-term health of consumers. He disclosed that the work of the Trade Monitors was temporarily put on hold in order to sanitize the process of inspection, train and equip them to resume their work in the field.

In his remarks, the Chief Director, Charles Mereweather Thompson, emphasized that the Trade Monitors have an important role to play in unifying the system for the improvement of market transparency and verification of the quality of goods and products. He stated that Trade Monitors are expected to monitor goods, expired products, contraband goods, and submit trade statistics and market intelligence to the Ministry.

He admonished them to treat their work with the utmost seriousness it deserves and urged them to be diligent in their work as the team can now boast of people with academic degrees.

In his remarks, Ag. Director of Domestic Commerce and Industry, Mr. Minkail Turay, said the functions of the Trade Monitors are so diversified and called on them not to be arrogant in the discharge of their duty. He pointed out that as Trade Monitors they are to collect and process data, ensure that prices are displayed on commodities, conduct price surveys on regular basis, counter smuggling and contraband goods, and above all ensure that no one buy unsafe goods in the market.