Trade: UNIDO pledges support for made-in-Nigeria products


The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has pledged to ensure that made-in-Nigeria products were marketable across the globe.

The organisation made this known at the Meeting of Regional Steering Committees of the West Africa Quality System Programme (WAQSP) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Mr Bernard Bau, the WAQSP Project Manager at UNIDO, said with financial support of 12 million Euros from the European Union (EU), UNIDO aims to enhance trade facilitation in the country.

“UNIDO’s mandate is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable development in developing countries.

“UNIDO’s interventions with WAQSP aims to support the implementation of the ECOWAS Quality Policy adopted in 2013 by developing and strengthening a regional quality system.

“This will complement existing national quality system to existing quality infrastructure that allows companies to increase their competitiveness, ensure conformity of their products with international standards at limited cost,’’ he explained.

Bau urged West African countries to adopt the Regional Quality Policy which would ensure regional standardisation of goods.

The Regional Quality Policy aims to create a regional product certification to mark quality goods produced within region, and certified them for regional and international trade.

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