Friday, 28 September 2012

Project to boost Burundi’s competitiveness in the global market

BUJUMBURA, 28 September 2012 – Second Vice President of the Republic of Burundi, Gervais Rufyikiri, today launched a project that will increase the country’s capacity to trade by improving compliance with international standards on quality and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

The project will be implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and funded by the Enhanced Integrated Framework and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.

‘Trade Capacity Building for Burundi’ is the first Enhanced Integrated Framework project to be implemented by UNIDO. It will span three years and be funded to the tune of USD 3 million.

During the launch ceremony, Minister of Commerce, Trade, Industry, Posts and Tourism, Victoire Ndikumana, handed over two vehicles to the Burundi Standards Board and the Plant Protection Department to help with market surveillance.

The project consists of two complementary components:

-          support to help strengthen Burundi’s national quality infrastructure elements (standards, inspection and testing) related to conformity with sanitary and phytosanitary standards.

-          support to targeted value chains in order to improve production quality and export competitiveness by conforming to international standards, including sanitary and phytosanitary requirements.

The expected result is that goods produced or exchanged in Burundi will be designed, manufactured and supplied according to sanitary and phytosanitary requirements, and will meet the needs, expectations and requirements of buyers and consumers, as well as those of the regulatory authorities in the local and export market.

It is anticipated that Burundi will benefit from having adequate infrastructure with which to assess conformity with international standards, and economic actors that are capable of using it. As a result, the country will be able to develop its export capacities and increase its overall competitiveness.

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is a multi-donor programme which supports Least Developed Countries in their efforts to play a more active role in the global system of trade by helping them to eliminate the constraints on supply capacities. The EIF programme’s current funding for the next five years currently stands at USD 250 million.

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) is a specialized branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway. It ensures the monitoring of Norwegian development aid.

For more information on UNIDO, please contact:

Mikhail Evstafyev
UNIDO Advocacy and Communications Coordinator
Telephone: (+43-1) 26026-5021, Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-7329

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