Why we should pay attention to metrology in our daily lives

One important area in socio-economic development is accurate measurement which helps to enhance the value of the items offered for sale by man to other people.

This important activity is often taken for granted in the sense that many people do not pay attention to accurate measurements. If measurements are accurate, they ensure fairness in trade matters.

Elsewhere in this newspaper, one columnist, has written an article on “How metrology promotes socio-economic development”. The article emphasises, among other things, why society including Ghana ought to pay attention to accurate measurements.

The Spectator wishes to join the world in emphasising that World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signature of the Metre Convention on May 20, 1875, by representatives of 17 nations.

The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal applications. The original aim of the Metre Convention — the world-wide uniformity of measurement — remains as important today as it was in 1875.

World Metrology Day is an occasion set aside for the recognition of more than 100 years of achievement and success in the establishment of a global infrastructure for precise and reliable measurements as well as the immense contributions of many thousands of experts of metrological activities throughout the world.

The Day further aims at drawing the attention of governments of all member states together with other international bodies, to the benefits of effective and reliable measurements and the very large economic benefits which come from their investments.

Every year, a different theme is selected to place emphasise on the different roles played by metrology in socio-economic activities. The theme of this year’s World Metrology Day is Measurement for Health.

This theme was chosen to create awareness of the important role measurement plays in health and in the wellbeing of every one of us.

Indeed, metrology, the science of measurement, plays a central role in scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, in improving the quality of life and in protecting the global environment.

Metrology or accurate measurement is key in socio-economic development as decisions are made based on information from measurements. In fact, wrong measurement results lead to wrong decisions. Thus, metrological activities should result in measurements that meet specified degrees of accuracy and precision. They should ensure that the measurements are adequate and reliable.

As we observe World Metrology Day, the significance of the occasion should be remembered and highlighted at all times to enhance innovation and progress in society. All stakeholders, including consumers, must, therefore, assist in the adoption and use of accurate measurements in all transactions to ensure quality, safety and fairness in trading.

We must all embrace the significance of accurate measurements to ensure smooth promotion of both local and international trade and stimulate the enhancement of our national socio-economic development for the benefit of all.

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