Awards organization endeavors to instill concept of quality

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Addis Ababa, December 12 (WIC) – The Ethiopian Quality Awards organization (EQA) yesterday held the first of its kind national forum on the concept of quality for Ethiopian organizations.

The forum, which was held at Ghion Hotel, was attended by representatives of organizations engaged in manufacturing, construction and for profit and not-for-profit service providers.

In his opening remark, Teteka Bekele, EQA board member and general manager of Walta Information Center (WIC), stressed the need for organizations to always be at pace with the ever expanding and changing demands and interests of their customers to ensure sustained success.    

Almaz Kahsay, deputy director general of Ethiopian Standards Agency, urged organizations to develop customer and market oriented management and operation systems on the basis of quality.

EQA, which was founded in January 2008 by WIC and the Addis Ababa University (AAU), had organized two national quality award competitions between organizations engaged in manufacturing, construction and service sectors.

The forum provided an opportunity to look back at the activities of EQA since its inception five years ago and served as a launching pad for the third national quality awards ceremony preparations, Michael Melaku, managing director of EQA, said.

The organization, set up to implant the concept of quality among organizations, is set to start registration for the third national quality awards competition. The awards ceremony is scheduled to be held in August 2013.

The registration will remain open for four months and EQA expects to register over 200 organizations.