For Immediate Release
Milwaukee, Wis., July 29, 2016 — The International Trade Centre has joined with the World Alliance for Quality — of which ASQ is a founding member — to enable small and medium-sized organizations meet the growing technical requirements of quality standards demanded by international buyers.
The World Alliance for Quality and the International Trade Centre launched in June the Global Platform for Quality, which will serve as a joint outreach platform for small and medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs, to access talent and expertise, advisory services, professional development, certification and other support.
The International Trade Centre is the joint agency of the World Trade Organizations and the United Nations. The World Alliance for Quality includes the world’s foremost quality organizations, and, in addition to ASQ, includes:
“ASQ is proud to be a part of this initiative, which will further the reach and impact of quality worldwide,” said ASQ CEO William Troy. “We believe that quality and continuous improvement tools, principles and systems will help small and medium-sized enterprises everywhere become more competitive by accelerating their growth and operating more efficiently and effectively.”
The Global Platform for Quality also will help develop and reinforce local quality-related support institutions to offer new or enhanced services to small and medium-sized enterprises. Issue-specific support will allow for quality-related service providers and local experts to access talent and expertise across borders and regions. Similarly, the Global Platform for Quality will facilitate the sharing of best practices and success stories and create a global network of service providers committed to supporting enterprises in developing countries.
“Given the increasing pressure on exporting SMEs in developing countries to competitively comply with a multitude of quality-related regulations, standards and other market-access requirements, there is an urgent need for a rapid, innovative and effective transfer of knowledge and know-how to businesses on best practices in quality management,” said Marcos Vaena, head of enterprise competitiveness at the International Trade Centre.
“The (Global Platform for Quality) will allow quality organizations across the world to step up their support for their SME clients,” said Eric Janssens, director-general of the European Organization for Quality. “It will also enable quality organizations to provide better and relevant support to ITC and its effort to improve trade for SMEs in developing countries.”
ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. Celebrating 70 years in 2016, ASQ, with its world headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, operates regional centers in the U.S. and Canada, North Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Middle East and Africa. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies and training at asq.org.