BOGOTÁ, 2 December 2014 – A four-year cooperation agreement which aims to strengthen Colombia’s national quality infrastructure was signed today between Colombia's Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The agreement marks the launch of a USD 2.7 million programme titled “Quality programme for the cosmetics sector in Colombia”, which will support the country’s cosmetics sector by ensuring its quality and stronger international competitiveness.
“[The programme] is an important contribution to improving the Colombian export sector and its place in international markets, and aims for a better utilization of the free trade agreements that Colombia has signed,” said Nicole Providoli, Chargé d’Affairs, Embassy of Switzerland.
The programme will initially support the cosmetics sector’s productive chain with an emphasis on natural ingredients, which is expected to improve the sector’s quality infrastructure, technical capacity and compliance with international and private quality standards.
“With this type of initiatives we seek to strengthen Colombia’s commercial capacity so that the benefits of the free trade agreements can be realized in terms of jobs, integration of small enterprises in value chains and inclusive and sustainable growth,” said Johannes Dobinger, UNIDO representative.
“The growing market of cosmetics, especially natural ingredients-based cosmetics, represents an opportunity for Colombia to use its biodiversity for the good of all.”
In addition, as Sardi Felipe Cruz, Deputy Minister for Enterprise Development of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, explained, the programme will support the Government’s Productive Development Policy.
For more information, please contact:
Trade Capacity-Building Branch, UNIDO