GABORONE, 29 April 2015 – Best practices and technical cooperation activities in the field of standardization, quality assurance, accreditation and metrology, as well as industrial and trade policies for countries of the region were the focus of a two-day meeting that ended today in the capital of Botswana, Gaborone.
Organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the meeting brought together UNIDO’s project coordinators from Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia, as well as representatives from governmental institutions of these countries. Development partners from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the European Union, the Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt and the United States Agency for International Development also took part in the discussions.
Participants discussed the implementation of ongoing projects and identified ways to strengthen cooperation between UNIDO, SADC and other development partners.
“UNIDO will help provide SADC member states with a quality infrastructure that is inclusive and sustainable to support the industrial development in the region. This meeting also helped identify ways of further advancing technical assistance cooperation between UNIDO and SADC,” said Mohamed Eisa, UNIDO Representative to South Africa.
He added that an effective and efficient coordination of projects focusing on standardization, quality assurance, accreditation and metrology was key to achieving social economic growth and poverty reduction in the region.
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