LAGOS, 26 May 2014 – Key stakeholders from various industry sectors discussed today with UNIDO experts ways to establish quality infrastructure services for private businesses in Nigeria under the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) project.
The project has been funded by the European Union and aims to ensure that the quality of products and services exchanged in Nigerian markets is improved through the development of missing standards and conformity assessment/quality control bodies within the framework of the NQI.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Bank of Industry, the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA), the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and other private sector groups.
The NQI project will help Nigerian business, including small and medium enterprise associations, comply with the elements of quality, reliability, safety, economy, efficiency and effectiveness prescribed by regulations and standards. It will also improve the private sector’s capacity to support conformity assessment bodies and the National Quality Infrastructure.
Patrick Kormawa, UNIDO Representative in Nigeria and director of the regional office, encouraged the private sector to participate in the quality infrastructure services to allow more Nigerian companies to offer competitive products and services for domestic and international trade.
Kormawa added that UNIDO’s “new mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development ensures that we react to the demands of the Nigerian Government to establish what we collectively need to build trust for products that are produced in Nigeria.”
The stakeholders agreed to continue the dialogue and establish a working group to build the capacity of small and medium enterprises to comply with regulations for quality and standards in order to participate in the National Quality Infrastructure and gain access to funding.