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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

European Union signs agreement with UNIDO to improve private sector competitiveness in Nigeria

ABUJA 15 July 2013 - The European Union and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) today signed an agreement to support Nigeria in improving quality infrastructure in the non-oil, productive sectors of the economy.  

The National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) of Nigeria project, funded to the tune of  EUR 12 million, will be implemented with the assistance of UNIDO.

David MacRae, Ambassador of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said that "the EU attaches great importance to the diversification of Nigeria's oil economy, the role of the private sector in the creation of employment, and the improvement of the living conditions of all its citizens. The support brought by the EU, in team with UNIDO, to help improve Nigeria's quality infrastructure is one good step in that direction".   

The NQI project aims to support the improvement and establishment of standards and quality control agencies in order to advance the quality of products and services exchanged in the Nigerian and international markets, and thus boost the competiveness of the country’s private sector and the protection of its consumers.

The project will support the promulgation of a National Quality Policy and the establishment of a national accreditation body, and will help provide equipment and training for the National Metrology Institute. It will also facilitate private participation and support conformity assessment bodies, and ensure participation of the Consumer Protection Council and other stakeholders in the NQI project through training and awareness creation on quality and consumer protection.

The project is part of a wider financing agreement signed between the European Union and Nigeria to stimulate the competiveness of the country, and is one of the EU’s many contributions to the people of Nigeria under the 10th European Development Fund (2008-2013).   

For more information, please contact:

UNIDO Regional Office

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