Central Africa has an enormous potential for economic development and job creation. However, national economies are still vulnerable to shocks and the level of trade within and outside the region remains low. This is due, among others, to a weakly developed private sector and to the poor quality of products, which often do not meet market requirements.
It is with this challenge in mind that the European Union, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) partnered to strengthen the competitiveness of the region through the enhancement of quality in seven countries, namely Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo and São Tome and Principe. The Quality Infrastructure Programme for Central Africa – the PIQAC – was hence born in 2015.