By Jerry Emmanson, Abuja
As part of efforts to establish Regional Infrastructure Quality in ECOWAS sub-region, the West Africa Quality System Programme (WAQSP) with support from the European Union and implemented by UNIDO are meeting in Abuja on a four day workshop to organize the Constitutive Meetings of the Regional Accreditation System (RAS), the Community Committee for Metrology, Technical Regulation and the Conformity Assessment.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, ECOWAS Commissioner in charge of Industry and Promotion of Private Sector, Mr. Kalilou Traore thanked both the Nigerian government and UNIDO for implementing the programme. He also expressed satisfaction to the European Union for providing the €12 million support fund to execute the project.
“This constitutive meeting is holding in a very particular context. This meeting is about to set the regional main committees to drive regional issues on quality. They will be composed of experts and delegates from each member states and will discuss and propose to ECOWAS all the new steps and regulations to be put in place,” Traore said.
On the progress of the programme which is to terminate by 2018, Traore said: “We have implemented around 80 to 85 per cent of the project and before 2018 we will totally implement all the activities. We now have in all the ECOWAS member states, a national policy of quality, and there are also work plan in each country to implement the quality programme.”
The minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Ikechukwu Enelamah, represented by Director Of Industry in the ministry, Dr. Francis Alaneme said the outcome of the meeting would be aligned with the strategic direction of the Common Industrial Policy and Quality Policy and other important priorities.
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