Iraq’s Ministry of Planning has reportedly canceled its contract with Switzerland's SGS after the company allegedly failed to respond to Iraqi authorities about what they described as “sluggish work”.
SGS and Iraq signed a contract in January 2011 whereby the Swiss company provides product conformity assessment services for qualifying products allowing their importation into Iraq in line with Iraq’s Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC) requirements for pre-importation inspection, testing and certification scheme.
“The Ministry decided today to end SGS contract after the company refused to send a statement of position about its lagging behind in the process of assessing imported products” spokesperson for the Planning Ministry Abdul Zahra al-Hindawi told Aknews.
Iraq will sign the contract with other more committed world companies “who have the ability to enforce the articles of the agreement” he said.
Iraq Business News understands that Bureau Veritas was also appointed last year to implement the scheme.