As one of the least developed countries in the world, Mozambique faces a wide range of issues related to quality.
With funding from the European Union and the Government of Austria, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) launched in 2012 the private sector and quality promotion programme for Mozambique, or Competir com Qualidade.
The programme aims to enhance the country’s development level and the competitiveness of Mozambican products.
“Setting up a quality infrastructure is one of the most positive and practical steps that an emerging nation can take on the path forward to developing a thriving economy, as a basis for prosperity, health and well-being,” explains Dominika Dor, UNIDO project manager.
“A well-functioning quality infrastructure can have a positive impact on multiple aspects of life, reaching from industrial development to environmental sustainability. That impact is particularly crucial when it comes to water and other food products, which are meant for human consumption.”
To build a strong and sustainable national quality infrastructure and contribute to the enhancing of the quality of water and food products in Mozambique, the project focuses on offering policy advice, strengthening the National Institute for Standardization and Quality (INNOQ), and on enabling private sector companies to participate in international trade. UNIDO also provides technical support to a number of water and food testing laboratories, enabling them to assess the quality of water samples against international standards, thus ensuring clean and safe water for human consumption and use.
“There are already visible improvements in the quality of products and, because of this, fewer rejected products. The fishing industry, for example, has provided more self-control analyses, as they are motivated to improve their product's quality,” says Maria Luiz, who works at a local fish inspection laboratory.
By Simone Carneiro