IFC Helps Bosnian Producer of Construction Materials Implement Environmental and Safety Standards
IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, helps BBM Amfibolit implement IS0 14001 (environmental management) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety) international standards. This will help the company, a private construction materials producer based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, improve its competitiveness and increase its exports in regional and international markets.
BBM Amfibolit is one of the region’s largest producers of crushed stone, mainly for road construction. It also exports to Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. Its products are used in road and railway constructions, production of mineral insulation materials, and high-quality concrete.
“The relationship with our customers is based on the high quality of our products, reliable capacities, and meeting delivery deadlines. That is why IFC’s assistance in getting the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards is important to us. It will help expand our reach in Europe and improve our position in the region,” said Rasim Operta, Director of BBM Amfibolit.
In Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, companies face steep challenges in meeting most international standards and technical requirements of the European Union, which must be satisfied if their products are to be exported and if these companies are to be recognized as a part of the global economy. To help, IFC is implementing an international standards and technical regulations program in the region, which is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Slovenian Ministry of Economy.
“A lack of understanding about the nature and scope of regulatory barriers, and the resources to meet requirements, are perceived by companies in this region as non-tariff barriers to reaching new markets. By helping them attain international standards, we hope to increase their exports and competitiveness in local and international markets,” said Ivana Curic, Regional Program Manager.
“The motto of BBM Amfibolit is: quality leads to quantity. We want to be recognized as a reliable supplier of quality construction materials. With the introduction of key international standards, we have made another step in this direction,” said Operta.
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