By Benjamin Flowers
The country’s new state-of-the-art metrology laboratory is on schedule for completion by the end of the month, according to the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS).
The BBS said this week, that the construction, which was slated to be finished by the end of January, will be on time, barring any unforeseen complications. The Bureau estimates that with the acquisition of necessary equipment and the relocation of staff, the whole process should be concluded in first the quarter of 2016.
The BBS broke ground for the lab’s construction on January 22nd, 2015. The European Union (EU) is funding the construction to the total cost of $2.3 million dollars, which is disbursed under the Belize Rural Development Project. The building will host seven laboratory areas, offices, conference/training rooms, bathrooms, utility rooms, storage rooms and external areas.
The building, according to the Bureau, had been in the planning stage for the last five years, in its efforts to improve standards of quality in several industries in the country.
Consultations were held last year for standards in the shrimp and hotel industry. Additionally, for the first time in Belizean history, the country has been chosen to hold the chairmanship for the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) Council.
Jose Trejo, director of the Belize Bureau of Standards, was elected president at the 27th CROSQ Annual General Meeting held at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel on October 8th, 2015. Over his two-year tenure, Trejo will be responsible for the oversight of the various committees within the Council, as well as monitoring the progression of the CROSQ Strategic Plan 2015-2020.