By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Belize will be the host country for the upcoming 27th meeting of the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) Council.
The meeting is scheduled for October 5-8, and will be held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza. At the meeting, delegates from throughout CARICOM, will exchange program information and strategic directions as it relates to member states and the CROSQ Secretariat (specific to Quality Infrastructure) QI.
The CROSQ Secretariat will discuss the forward plans for the organisation in all areas, including human and financial resources, as well as the work plans of the technical officers and their work in the member states. The event coincides with CROSQ’s annual general meeting, during which the council will hold elections to appoint new officers to its executive.
CROSQ, headquartered in Barbados, is the regional centre for promoting efficiency and competitive production in goods and services, through the process of standardization and the verification of quality
Some of its key functions include facilitating the achievement of international competitiveness of regional goods and services by fostering a culture of quality in regional enterprises, and supporting standards-infrastructure development at the national level.
Belize has been a part of CROSQ since its inception in 2002, and participated in several events within the past few years, including: holding consultations for two new regional standards for import/export goods: one for Specification for Cement, and the other a Code of Practice for Organic Production and Processes.
In May 2015 CROSQ completed consultations for a draft of minimum requirements for any guesthouse operating within a CARICOM country. Belizean guest hose owners attend the consultations held in April. Belize, being a member, will ultimately adopt standards which CROSQ produces.
The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) was established in February 2002. Its primary objective is the establishment and harmonisation of standards to enhance the efficiency and improve quality in the production of goods and services in the Community, to protect the consumer and the environment and to improve trade within the Community and with third states.
CROSQ is governed by a Council, which consists of the executive heads of the national standards bodies of the Members. At the Head of the Council is a Chairperson who is elected from among the Membership and who holds office for two years. Associate Members are also represented on the Council but do not have the right to vote.