UNIDO Implements Technical Assistance to SMEs in Selected Value Chains

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25 July 2017, Accra, Ghana

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has started providing technical support to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana to improve export and domestic market potential of their products in line with Goal 9 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

The support to the private sector by the Trade Capacity Building Programme for Ghana, a project implemented by UNIDO with funds from SECO, will offer technical assistance to enterprises in the cocoa, fish, fruit and wood value chains to implement relevant quality management systems to facilitate trade – both locally and internationally.

It will also help improve the industrial competitiveness of the selected companies and to allow them to participate more effectively in global value chains and markets.

The Project Coordinator, Mr. Victor Mills, at a meeting with the successful applicants to establish the modalities for implementation, informed participants that experts have been tasked to help the selected companies to design and implement quality management and food safety systems in accordance with the requirements of the international standards.

“We have already trained experts who will assist selected companies and pay them till you get the international standards,” he said.

Mr. Mills noted that the project, aimed at improving the country’s sustainable value chains for exports, has for the past three years upgraded national inspection bodies to a point where they are ready for accreditation to international standards this year.

He revealed that the current focus of the project is on helping the private sector who are the end users of such services.

“Now is the turn to focus on the private sector since we have done so much with the public sector. We are not asking you to pay anything but just be committed to signing on the program and be committed to getting the desired results,” he added.

Companies will be assisted to implement relevant quality management systems and marketing standards in ISO 9001, FSC Control Wood or Chain of Custody Standards, Food Safety Standards such as HACCP, ISO 22000 and IFS. Representatives from about 30 companies were present at the meeting.

The UNIDO TCB Programme provides support to national quality infrastructure institutions, actors and companies in the export sector in order to improve industrialization of Ghana’s economy and promote export trade.

UNIDO's primary objective is the promotion and acceleration of industrial development in developing countries and the promotion of international industrial cooperation.

UNIDO has since 2007 been implementing the Trade Capacity Building Programme funded by the Switzerland Government through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI).

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About UNIDO-TCB

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations.

Its mandate is to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition and work towards improving living conditions in the world's poorest countries by drawing on its combined global resources and expertise.

The Trade Capacity Building Branch is a unit of UNIDO. The Unit is responsible for helping developing countries and economies in transition to be a better part of the global trade by assisting them in complying with international standards required in order to enter foreign markets, in areas where there is a high potential of exportation.

Manufacturers in developing countries and related industry support institutions also need to develop systems to comply with the new management standards. The Unit provides assistance in related capacity building, awareness building and the dissemination of the necessary know-how and information.

The Unit supports national and regional laboratories in developing human and physical capital so that they can test key products for exportation and be internationally recognized for those testing.

Contact for further enquiries on the UNIDO/MOTI-TCB Programme

Victor Mills, National Project Coordinator, UNIDO TCB Project, Tel.: 0307010137 or 0244359444, vmills@procuregh.com