Niger Republic has adopted its National Quality Policy

Since 05 January 2018, Niger has joined the group of ECOWAS countries that have adopted their National Quality Policy.

The ECOWAS Quality Policy (ECOQUAL) was adopted in February 2013 by the Heads of States. In its introductory chapter, it is recalled that ECOQUAL "provides an essential basis for the harmonization or the development of National Quality Policies (NQPs) that will guide the establishment of adapted National Quality Infrastructures (NQIs), effective and internationally recognized."

It is in this context that the West African Quality Programs, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNIDO, have supported the development of the Nigerien NQP, as well as its development actions’ plan, notably with the organization of a series of workshops involving all interested parties. With this result, Niger now has the necessary legal framework for the development of its National Quality Infrastructure (NQI), consistent with the ECOWAS Quality Infrastructure.
After Burkina Faso, Mali, Cape Verde, Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal, Niger is the 7th country in the region to have adopted its NQP. It should be noted that all 9 other countries have a draft national quality policy developed with the support of UNIDO; these drafts are in the process of official adoption.

For the Director General of Industrial Development of Niger, Mr. Abdoulaye BOUBCAR IDDER "until then, activities in the field of quality were done without coordination, with a high risk of duplication; today, the NQP authorizes the smooth implementation of programs and projects supporting the development of the NQI; in addition, the registration of these projects and programs in the state budget is now possible, as well as the orderly mobilization of technical and financial partners around them ". Thus, the NQP will lead to an upgrade of the NQI, namely every structures involved in standardization, metrology, accreditation, conformity assessment, quality promotion and technical regulation. Ultimately, these structures will help to provide the Nigerien consumer with safe and secure products and services because of better market surveillance.

 

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 14:00

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