SWASA Memorandum of Understanding with ASTM
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The Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA) has signed an MoU with ASTM International as a means of gathering as much technical assistance as possible for the effective development of the local quality infrastructure. The initiative by SWASA to form an alliance with an established organization such as ASTM International shows the Authority’s vision for the development of a quality driven culture and the improvement of the quality of life in Swaziland through standardization and certification.
As a result of this partnership SWASA will be in a position to benefit from training offered by ASTM International, technical support from experts in the field of quality and being associated with a wide network of technical experts. Such benefits will equip the Authority to further enhance the quality of service that it has to offer to local industry.
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