Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Nine organizations receive quality awards

Nine governmental and non- governmental organizations will be recognized at the second national quality awards, in the presence of high government officials  and diplomats this Sunday at the Hilton Hotel.
The winners, placed ahead of 150 nominees, are being lauded for their quality service and outstanding products. All received at least 85 on a scale of 100 points.
Associate Professor Admasu Tsegaye, board chairman of the Ethiopian Quality Award Organization (EQAO) said the four categories included manufacturing, non-profit and profit oriented services in the construction sector.
EQAO was established in January 2008, in collaboration with Walta Information Center and the Addis Ababa University. Their goal is the link between educational institutions, research centers, public and private sector enterprises. 
To establish the award it looked to Japan, US, Europe and Australia for their criteria. 
They hope the evaluation will encourage companies to play on their strengths while addressing their weakness. At the time Ethiopia is applying to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) this could only help, organizers said.
Sultan Ahmed board chairman of the technical committee at EQAO said the second edition was slightly delayed because the technical committee took time to form. He said steps are being taken to avoid such delays in future programs.
The technical committee of the organization which shortlists organizations and decides on finalists and winners is composed of people from the academia, professional associations and consultancy experts from institutions like the Ethiopian Management Institute and the Ethiopian Civil Service University.
The first national quality award was held on December 17, 2009 and recognized three governmental and non-governmental organizations from a total of 47 applicants. The three winners were the private Legedembi MIDROC Gold, the governmental Documentation and Authentication Registration Office (DARO) and Harar Beer factory.