AMMAN, 26 September 2011 – UNIDO, the United Nations agency tasked with promoting industrial development, today launched an Arabic version of the guidebook “Making Private Standards Work for You”.
The event was attended by the Deputy Chairman of Jordan’s Chamber of Industry, Nazal Armouti, as well as Governmental officials, representatives of Jordanian small and medium enterprises, international organizations and the diplomatic corps.
Deputy Chairman Armouti stressed the importance of the partnership between UNIDO and Jordan’s Chamber of Industry, and the need to elaborate standards for the country’s garments, footwear and furniture sectors to improve competitiveness.
The Head of UNIDO Operations in Jordan Esam Alqararah highlighted the growing importance of standards for local producers for implementing national legislation. He said that Jordan is the second Arabic country to introduce the Arabic edition of the guidebook after Lebanon.
The private standards guide was introduced by Muge Dolun of UNIDO’s Trade Capacity Building Branch. She also outlined a strategic approach for suppliers in Jordan.
A discussion was also held on how industrial small and medium enterprises, particularly in the garments, footwear and furniture sectors, could benefit from the guide. Representatives of Jordan’s Standards and Metrology Organization highlighted the relationship between private standards and technical specifications.
The guidebook on private standards was funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and developed in collaboration with the Dutch Centre for Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI).
Private standards, also known as business values, norms, ethics, codes, principles or morals, are considered to be one of the ways of promoting social development and environmental sustainability in global value chains. Some estimates suggest that more than 1,000 codes of conduct and management systems exist. But most companies in developing countries do not have much tangible information.
The guidebook is available for download at: www.unido.org/privatestandards
For more information, please contact:
Head of UNIDO Operations in Jordan