UNIDO and Switzerland launch Global Quality and Standards Programme project in Peru

UNIDO and Switzerland launch Global Quality and Standards Programme project in Peru

LIMA, 26 November 2018 – Peru’s Ministry of Production (Produce), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Switzerland through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) today signed a €2,22 million project to increase Peru’s coffee and cacao export competitiveness.

The project is based on the Global Quality and Standards Programme’s (GQSP) innovative approach developed by UNIDO and SECO to strengthen the quality and standards compliance capacity in selected value chains of partner countries to facilitate market access for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The objective of this four year GQSP-Peru project is to improve the competitiveness of Peru’s coffee and cocoa value chains through ensuring the implementation of quality infrastructure services in pilot regions. As such, the project supports and complements the National Quality Institute’s (INACAL) implementation plan for the National Quality Policy. The project also contributes Peru’s Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) – implemented by the Peruvian government and UNIDO – especially in its quality and innovation component.

The project was launched by Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleish, SECO State Secretary, Raúl Pérez Reyes, Peru’s Minister of Production and Johannes Dobinger, UNIDO Regional Representative, during the “Driving Peru’s competitiveness” event organized by SECO in Lima. The occasion brought together high-level public and private sector representatives and presented an opportunity to further demonstrate SECO’s commitment to cooperation with UNIDO and the Government of Peru.

“This project complements government initiatives and strategies to increase quality and exports of coffee and cocoa from Peru,” said Raúl Pérez Reyes at the event. “Building an efficient quality infrastructure system will enhance SMEs’ competitiveness.”

The project aims to strengthen the technical competence and sustainability of the National Quality Infrastructure and increase SMEs’ compliance with international standards and technical regulations of the selected value chains. Furthermore, in order to ensure sustainability of the intervention and of change brought about, it focuses on promoting a culture of quality at the enterprise, institutional and policy level.

UNIDO Regional Representative, Johannes Dobinger, said: “UNIDO, in its efforts to promote sustainable and inclusive development, has designed this project, following a holistic approach that looks at all stages and actors of the value chain. Strengthening Peru’s quality infrastructure will contribute to economic growth and shared prosperity by allowing SMEs to enter global markets.”

The project will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Production (Produce), the National Quality Institute (INACAL), the Technical Institute of Production (ITP) the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI), the National Coffee Board (JNC), the Peruvian Association of Cocoa Producers (APPCACAO) and the Peruvian Coffee and Cocoa Chamber (CPCC).

The Global Quality and Standards Programme foresees the development of 12 country projects over a lifetime of five years.

For more information, please contact:

Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento

Director

UNIDO Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation

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