UK partner with SON on capacity building for standards development
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UK partner with SON on capacity building for standards development

- The United Kingdom government has implemented technical training activity on standards development for Nigerian standards agencies

- The move is expected to deliver specific technical assistance to Nigeria to eliminate non-tariff barriers to trade

- There was an MoU signing between the British Standards Institute and the Standards Organization of Nigeria to ensure the plans come to fruition

The UK government, through the Commonwealth Standards Network and the Global Trade Programme, has implemented technical training activity on standards development for Nigerian standards agencies.

The event took place from Tuesday, December 5 to Thursday, December 5 in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

According to the head of prosperity, British Deputy High Commission, Mr. Guy Harrison, “the UK government is committed to her partnership with the Nigerian government, to promote an inclusive economic growth in Nigeria, by providing technical assistance to improve the country’s trading capabilities.

“This has championed the design of different programmes to deliver specific technical assistance to Nigeria to eliminate non-tariff barriers to trade.”

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There was also a MoU signing between the British Standards Institute (BSI) and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) during the event.

Speaking at the signing event, the director of standards development, SON, Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu said, “with this MoU, both agencies have agreed to share information to support standards development and improvement, to design capacity building activities to promote standards capabilities, and disseminate information on export and import standards requirements for both countries.”

The head of international engagement, BSI, Mr. Peter Sissons also said, “The agreement intends to share good practice between the two organisations, promote productivity and efficiency, reduce costs and barriers to trade between the UK and Nigeria, by increasing the use of standards.”

Also at the training were other key standards authorities in Nigeria, including the National Agency for Foods Dru*gs Administration and Control, Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment and Nigerian Export Promotion Council.

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Donor agencies such as the World Bank and German Development Cooperation, were also represented.

Meanwhile, good governance and accountability initiative, Follow The Money, an initiative of Connected Development (CODE) recently revealed it has successfully helped the federal government track N40.3 billion across 181 rural communities, in over 25 states in Nigeria.

Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive of CODE reiterated that the pan Africa movement has helped in improving the lives of over fifteen million Nigerians through advocacy and tracking of government/international spending in key focus areas.

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