UNIDO projects in Malawi: National quality infrastructure forges ahead

Context

In 2012 and 2013, Malawi embarked respectively on the EU funded “Development of a robust standardization, quality assurance, accreditation and metrology infrastructure for Malawi (SQAM)” project and the NORAD funded “Market access and trade capacity-building support for agro-industrial products (MATCB)” project. The SQAM project is implemented by UNIDO together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Both projects are targeted interventions in legal and industrial metrology, which are the two key building blocks in the national quality infrastructure (NQI), and are complementary to each other. UNIDO is responsible for their effective technical implementation.

Objective

The objectives of UNIDO's projects in Malawi are to strengthen the overall national quality conformity assessment infrastructure and to integrate it into the international quality infrastructure, thereby improving product safety, quality features and competitiveness, and increasing consumer protection so that the country will fully reap the benefits of a global market.

Outcomes

  • Export growth and trade expansion by aligning national quality policy and conformity assessment infrastructure 
  • Institutional structure of Malawi Bureau of Standards reformed and its operational capacity strengthened in line with international norms and private sector needs
  • Internationally recognized metrology and calibration operations with increased transparency and capacity
  • International recognition of testing certificates issued by accredited Malawian laboratories in line with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) norms and regulations.