The plan for heightened standards enforcement stems from AISA’s assertion that a key obstacle to developing demand for domestic Afghan products is the lack of faith the public has in their quality.
Looking to shift the Afghan economy away from importing goods from abroad, AISA hopes to push Afghan producers to adopt higher standards and best-practices that will help build credibility among consumers.
In conjunction with AISA’s new initiative, the Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA) announced that so far up to 400 standards have been established across various industries.
Based on a new agreement signed between ANSA and AISA, the two institutions will work jointly to enforce the new standards.
“We are facing problems in the production sector; one of the reasons that the people do not prefer using domestic products is they do not trust domestic products,” AISA head Mohammad Qurban Haqjo said on Saturday. “Therefore, the two institutions [AISA and ANSA] have signed an agreement to closely monitor the quality of products according to national standards.”
“So far we have made more than 400 standards, but some of which aren’t implemented despite our sever needs,” ANSA Chairman Popalzai Popal said. .
According to AISA, under particular focus for the standards enforcement will be producers of food products, sneakers, nonalcoholic beverages and construction materials.
For their part, the ANSA claims to have already prevented the import of nearly three million liters of low quality fuel into Afghanistan over the first three months of the current year.
“In the first three months of this year, we succeeded in identifying 2.7 million liters of low quality oil alongside borders of the country and returned it,” Popal said.