As part of the steps it is taking to achieve zero tolerance for substandard products in the Nigerian market, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has partnered with the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS).
The partnership with the Korean agency was brokered by Dr Joseph Odumodu, Director General of the SON, who headed a delegation to meet the administrator of KATS, Seo Kwang-hyun.
Receiving the Nigerian delegate, Kwang-hyun said he was interested in profiling the quality of Korean products exported to Nigeria using approved laboratories under the SON’s Off-shore Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP).
“Korea has six internationally accredited laboratories with capacity for testing in specialized areas including electrical/electronics; household equipment; machinery and materials; standards and measurements; environmental technology equipment; medical devices and telecommunications, including mobile telephones,” Kwang-hyun said.
Odumodu described his amazement at Korean companies’ impeccable product testing capabilities, research, investments and development of innovative brands.
He also noted the contributions of KATS to Korea’s rapid economic growth and industrialization especially in the last 20 years.
“Nigeria stands to benefit a lot from your experience while also providing greater opportunity for trade with Korea in view of the large population, mineral and human resources,” Odumodu said.