MAPUTO, 24 March 2015 â€“ Twenty four participants from Burundi, Chad, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo and Uganda are attending a training course that aims to build the regional trade capacity of Least Developed Countries.
The five-day course in the capital of Mozambique, Maputo, was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the ISO Academy, with support from the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and the Network on Metrology, Accreditation and Standardization for Developing Countries (DCMAS).
â€œTrade has long been recognized as a potential engine for growth and wealth creation. Developing countries, particularly the Least Developed Countries, continue to face supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure constraints which can inhibit their ability to compete on international markets. Therefore, UNIDO and its partners designed this programme to help address these challenges by training experts on how to overcome quality infrastructure related barriers,â€ said Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director of UNIDOâ€™s Trade Capacity Building Branch who took part in the opening of the training course.
â€œThe course includes a distance learning component that ensures all participants share a common knowledge concerning trade capacity building issues, and a residential part that offers a dynamic mixture of lectures and participatory teaching methods,â€ he added.
During their stay in Mozambique, participants will also visit the National Institute of Standards and Quality (Mozambican Instituto Nacional de NormalizaÃ§Ã£o e Qualidade), which is supported by UNIDOâ€™s â€œPrivate sector and quality promotion programmeâ€ implemented in Mozambique.
Representatives from UNIDO, ISO, EIF, DCMAS and local quality infrastructure institutions as well as the private sector will run the course.
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