Swiss inspection firm sets up regional office in Nairobi

Swiss based inspection, verification and certification company SGS global plans to open certification laboratories in Kenya.

Friday February 26 2016

SGS Kenya chief executive Mr Albert Stockell

SGS Kenya chief executive Mr Albert Stockell delivers a speech when he hosted SGS Global boss Frankie Ng at Radisson Blu hotel in Nairobi on February 25th 2016. PHOTO | CHARLES KAMAU 

By JAMES KARIUKI
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Swiss based inspection, verification and certification company SGS global plans to open certification laboratories in Kenya.

SGS global head Mr Frankie Ng Friday said SGS Kenya was now fast evolving to offer inland services in oil and gas exploration, mining, environment and agricultural services.

The Switzerland based SGS global boss spoke during an evening cocktail welcoming him to Kenya at a Nairobi hotel.

He said Kenya had been chosen as the launching pad for various services offered to Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and the DRC Congo due to its rich wealth of experienced staff and world class laboratories.

“We are looking at what Kenya wants us to do and that will be our new line of business where the customer sets the agenda. The food industry is growing and we have responded by expanding our team of experts and availing world class machines to verify products before export and those being imported into Kenya,” said Ng.

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SGS Kenya chief executive Mr Albert Stockell expressed commitment of SGS in providing Kenya with the latest technology and expertise in testing as it evolved across the world.

“By SGS certifying any goods at Mombasa, it means the products will be accepted at any shop across the world. That had reduced incidents where Kenyan processed foodstuffs and fresh farm produce has been rejected at European markets for alleged high chemical residual levels,” he said.

SGS have for years operated Kenya’s 11 motor vehicle weighing bridges on behalf of the Kenya National Highways Authority and also offers pesticide residue testing for Kenya’s horticultural exports, fuel integrity testing for the Energy Regulatory Commission and the oil marketing companies.

It also conducts the Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC) for various goods for the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) various inspections, testing and validations against Environmental, Agricultural, Oil & Gas and Industrial parameters on behalf of the government and various private companies.

Mr Stockell said their latest activity was in enhancing agricultural products where they are involved in various activities from soil testing to harvest monitoring.

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