EU, NSI twinning project to boost Namibia’s international trade

Namibia has launched a two-year European Union (EU) twinning funded project with the Namibia Standard Institution (NSI) which aims to boost the institution's capacity to carry out its mandate and increase Namibia's involvement in international trade.

The Twinning project is part of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Implementation Plan for Namibia supported to the tune of N$27 million.

“With the Twinning Project in motion, Namibia will undoubtedly build a strong foundation for the development and enhancement of new and existing partnerships to international trade agreements and boost the market environment,” Industrialisation and Trade minister, Lucia Ipumbu said, adding the development was the first step in achieving the revised National Quality Policy 2020 – 2025 by ensuring that locally manufactured products are in line with international standards.

EU Ambassador to Namibia Sinikka Antila said "twinning is a special concept by the European Union to enhance institutional collaboration between public administrations in EU Member States and beneficiary or partner nations. Through peer-to-peer operations, twinning programmes combine the public sector expertise of the EU Member States and recipient countries to provide concrete, mandatory operational outcomes.”

The NSI partnership is the first EU Twinning project in Sub-Saharan Africa, jointly implemented by a consortium of eight German and Swedish institutes with experience in trade policy, technical regulation, food safety, standardization, accreditation, metrology, and conformity assessment, namely, the Swedish National Board of Trade (NBT), the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), the Swedish Institute for Standards (SIS), the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), the Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (SWEDAC), the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS), and the German National Metrology Institute (PTB).

NSI and the Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade (MIT) are the project's primary beneficiaries.

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