training of TRADE MONITORS ON the NEW TRADE INSPECTION MANUAL
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.
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 qualities of goods and products.
He stated that Trade Monitors are expected to monitor goods, expired products, contraband goods, and submit trade statistics data and market intelligence to the Ministry.
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 buys unsafe goods in the market.