KSM Investments Inc is now the sixth company to acquire the ‘Made in Guyana’ certificate. However, unlike other companies, KSM Investments Inc is the first local construction company to acquire this trademark.
With this trademark, the company’s concrete hollow and vent blocks, along with its concrete pavers, will be easily identified as an authentic product.
The ‘Made in Guyana’ certificate is issued by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) and aims to make products easily identifiable. This will help consumers to know that a product is authentic.
Speaking at the certification ceremony was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of KSM Investments, Mahadeo Panchu, who highlighted that achieving this certification was “not a walk in the park” while noting that he is happy that his company was the first in the construction sector to achieve this certification since they have always strived to deliver quality products.
He also noted that such trademarks are necessary because it improves competitiveness. Housing and Water Minister Collin Croal delivered the feature address and acknowledged the critical role the company has been playing in the construction sector.
“This significant achievement by KSM to have its concrete hollow blocks certified to the Guyana standard specification for load bearing, masonry concrete unit is very commendable[…]This certification by the GNBS reinforces the demand for compliant with nationally required standards and brings with it consumers confident in the durability and safety of the product,” he said.
Meanwhile, Executive Director (Ag) of the GNBS Ramrattie Karan congratulated the company on this achievement while encouraging other construction companies and those outside of this sector to get certified.
The certificate is valid for one year, and impromptu visits will be made to ensure that companies are complying with the standards of the GNBS. Additionally, the company received the GNBS Product Certification for its hollow concrete blocks.
The Made in Guyana Certificate was handed over by Karan to Director/Secretary of KSM Investments Inc., Shanta Panchu, while the certificate permitting the use of the GNBS Standards Mark was handed over by Technical Officer, Latchman Mootoosammi to Panchu.
Also present at the handing over ceremony held at the company’s Good Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) office was Speaker of the National Assembly, Manzoor Nadir, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Paul Cheong, Chairman, Trade & Investments, PSC, Ramesh Dookhoo, and Former Attorney General, Charles Ramson Snr.