MALAWI – Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) and Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) for Malawi Chapter have signed a three-year partnership towards the introduction of NAMISA Standards and Quality Journalist Award category.
Through this media award category, MBS will award journalists that professionally capture issues to do with Standards, Metrology and Quality or professionally uncover issues that requires the Bureau’s attention.
According to the Acting Director General of Malawi Bureau of Standards, Rex Moyo, the promotion of standardization and the achievement of the MBS Mandate rely on the media to help in the promotion of the MBS mandate.
He further said, the MOU will strengthen working relationship between MBS media fraternity.
On her remarks MISA Malawi Chairperson Teresa Ndanga described the signing of MoU between MISA Malawi and MBS as timely and Strategic.
She mentioned that the partnership will help media players to have right and correct information from the MBS officials to properly inform the public and clear misinformation in the public domain on some issues regarding the mandate of MBS.
Through this MoU, MBS will support the MISA Malawi Standards and Quality Journalist of the Year Award for three years.
MBS recently awarded two journalists (print and electronic) during the MISA Malawi annual media awards under the newly introduced category.
This category is also one way of motivating journalists to take more interest in issues that are to do with quality and standards of goods and services found on the Malawian market.
The MBS awarded Tamanda Matebule from MIJ FM as the best quality and standards journalist of the year (electronic) and Taonga Tsabola for Times Group (for print). They both went away with a laptop and trophy courtesy of MBS.
In an effort to enhance the capacity of micro, small and medium enterprises in Malawi to achieve certification through compliance to relevant Malawi standards, MBS also signed a memorandum of understanding with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute (SMEDI).
They agreed to increase the number of SMEs joining the MBS certification scheme to allow as many SMEs to penetrate the domestic and export markets. In total, the MBS has trained 372 SMEs from all districts in Malawi.