Apex Management Systems – Consultants Limited, hereunder referred to as Apex, has for the last five years organized the certified and accredited firms Exhibition (Expo) commonly known as (The quality week) The Expo aims to raise awareness among the Kenyan populace on the benefits of standardization, it also gives a chance to the exhibitors to show case their products and services and tell the world how standards have influenced their production and business processes. This assures their current and potential consumers, partners, and investors of products/services that are safe, reliable, environment friendly and of good quality, thus facilitating the development of trade. The Expo also provides an opportunity for exhibitors to get feedback from members of the public and consumers, to launch and promote new products as well as develop business relationships with new clients.
This year’s Expo was held from the 2nd to 4th September 2015 at the Kenyatta International Convection Centre (KICC) Nairobi, Kenya. In collaboration with Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and the Africa Organization for Standardization (ARSO), the expo targeted to bring together 100 exhibitors from various sectors both, certified and those aspiring to be certified to any standard from all over the world .The expo’s theme was “The Role of Standards in Promoting Trade and Development in Africa”
Like prior years, the expo was comprised of three distinct activities running concurrently, that is the Expo, workshops and plenary sessions.
The Expo was held at Tsavo Hall. The Chief Guest, Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana Secretary General ARSO officially opened the Expo and welcomed Exhibitors to the 5th Annual Certified/Accredited firms Expo’ 2015
The exhibitors for 2015 included: Government departments and Parastatals, Research Institutions, Certifying bodies, Private companies, Sugar companies, Examination Bodies and African Organization for Standardization (ARSO).
The Plenary Sessions were held at the same venue Hall, KICC during this period the plenary sessions generally aim to educate the general populace on the importance of standardization in their lives and areas of work ultimately improving the quality culture in Kenya.
Running simultaneously with the Expo and Plenary sessions were three training workshops namely:
- ISO 9001:2008 QMS Management Representatives’ course
- ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditors’ course
- Introduction to ISO/DIS 9001:2015
- ISO 27001 Implementers Course
- ISOContinual Improvement
The workshops ran from 31st Oct to 4th Sept at the Sarova Stanley Hotel. The yearly quality workshops aim to impact knowledge on the implementation and maintenance of management systems.
The closing ceremony for both the workshops and Expo was held on 4th September at Tsavo Hall, The CEO Apex, Hellen Bosibori Okioma, thanked all the participants from the Expo, workshops and plenary sessions for making the Quality week a successful event. She also extended special thanks to the team that facilitated in the plenary sessions.
Marketing Society of Kenya was mandated to Judge the Stands and announce the winner at the end of the period. The following criterion was used.
CRITERIA FOR JUDGING
Personnel manning stand
Adequacy, Communication skills
Setup of display table
Quantity & quality of displayed info
Consistency & coordination of exhibits
Quality of product
Efficiency of delivery
Repeat business & Augment
Compliance to relevant Standardizations
The results were announced by Mr. Gilbert Rutto of MSK and the winners were.
1. Nzoia Sugar Company
2. Tea Research Institute
2. National Sericulture Institute
They were all presented with Trophies. The workshops were also presented with Certificates except for the Lead Auditors who were to await the Exam results.
In his Speech, the CEO of Kenya Accountants Secretariat Board Mr.Pius Ndwati thanked Apex for organizing such an event citing that he had partnered with Apex to ensure that Standards were met in areas of operating. Examination the Director National Quality institute, Mr. Gachahi ,on behalf of the MD Kenya Bureau Of Standards reminded participants the importance of standardization to consumers and the role of Government in ensuring that consumers receive safe, reliable and quality products/services, he thanked Apex for organizing an event that promotes standardization and the quality culture in Kenya. To enhance business competitiveness in Kenya, he also encouraged young entrepreneurs to implements standards and he officially closed the Expo.