UNIDO’s Fourth Donor Meeting presents the Conduits of Excellence project in Nigeria

 

UNIDO’s Fourth Donor Meeting presents the Conduits of Excellence project in Nigeria

VIENNA, 28 November 2017 – UNIDO’s Fourth Donor Meeting took place on the margins of the 17th Session of the General Conference, highlighting the contribution of donors to UNIDO’s technical cooperation portfolio.

One of the success stories on the agenda was the Conduits of Excellence, an innovative supply chain coordination method that has been piloted to assist Nigeria to lift the export ban of dried beans to the European Union.

Thanks to this initiative, motivated farmers are connected with key infrastructure elements for storage, processing, certification and export, which are essential to ensure that the end product complies with all international quality, food safety and health requirements.

The Conduits of Excellence is a work in progress; however, it already shows encouraging interim results. Key factors are governmental commitment, the cooperation of national institutions, and a close public-private partnership.

“We hope that all this will soon lead to the lifting of the import ban of dried beans to the European Union,” said Didier Lenoir, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Vienna.

According to Abimbola Alawode, proprietor and Managing Director of Rhabe Ventures Limited, a food-processing outfit from Nigeria, thanks to the Conduits of Excellence it should be easier to find local and regional markets for dried beans and bean flour, since customers in Nigeria, as well as abroad, will be guaranteed protection of their health safety interests.

Seeing the potential of the Conduits of Excellence, the scope from dried beans could be extended to other value chains in the future, added Olusegun Awolowo, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council.

The Conduits of Excellence have been established in the context of the National Quality Infrastructure Project implemented by UNIDO, which targets the development of missing standards and quality control bodies in Nigeria, with the overall objective of improving the competitiveness of Nigerian goods and services.

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