Nigeria lacks institutional capacity to lead regional integration –EU,UNIDO Report



West-Africa-mapBy Danlami Nmodu

A report on the official launch of Nigeria competitiveness Programme has revealed that lack of institutional capacity is a major hindrance to Nigeria’ ability to lead regional integration. The report of the programme organized the European Union, Deutsche Gesellschaft For Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) And UNIDO said “Nigeria exerts major political and economic influence in the Economic Community of West African States for trade facilitation and economic integration. It appears however, that Nigeria’s ability to lead the regional integration process and make use of the benefits of the Multilateral Trading System has been hindered by lack of institutional capacity which in turn has resulted in a slower pace in regional decision making and patchy participation to the implementation of key regional initiative.”

According to the report “The Nigeria Competitiveness Support Program (NCSP) as the program was christened, aims to improve the competitiveness of the Nigerian economy in the non-oil related sectors, thereby creating job and reducing poverty. To this end, the program supports: effective management of trade policy and trade facilitation through strengthened Trade Support Institution, an improved business and investment environment through regulatory reforms and the establishment of National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) to improve the quality of products and services and enhance the level of protection for consumer rights.

“Nigeria Development Strategy has identified quality infrastructure as a panacea for real development. Quality of infrastructure is generally understood to be the totality of the institutional framework (public and private) required to establish and implement standardization, metrology (scientific, industrial and legal) accreditation and conformity assessment services (inspection, testing and product and system certification) necessary to provide acceptable evidence that products and services meet defined requirement, be it demanded by authorities or the market place” the report said.

Read the report which was emailed to Newsdiaryonline below:

REPORT OF THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF NIGERIA COMPETITIVENESS SUPPORT PROGRAMME HELD IN THE NASARAWA HALL OF TRANSCORP HILTON, ABUJA ON THE 27TH JANUARY, 2013 JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION, DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FOR INTERNATIONALE ZUSAMMENARBEIT (GIZ) AND UNIDO.

Introduction:

Despite acclaimed progress on various fronts, the Nigerian economy continues to face competitive challenges. Within the regional context,

Nigeria exerts major political and economic influence in the Economic Community of West African States for trade facilitation and economic integration. It appears however, that Nigeria’s ability to lead the regional integration process and make use of the benefits of the
Multilateral Trading System has been hindered by lack of institutional capacity which in turn has resulted in a slower pace in regional decision making and patchy participation to the implementation of key regional initiative.

Project Objective:

The objective of the programme is pursued through four pillars:

Capacity Development of FMITI: FMITIs institutional and trade policy capacities are strengthened to support trade integration in the ECOWAS sub-region and the Multi-lateral Trade system.

Capacity Development of NCS: NCS capacity is strengthened to implement, monitor and report on trade facilitation – related policy measure agreed at ECOWAS and national level.

Capacity Development for OPS/NSA: The capacities of OPS and other key non – state actors are strengthened to play proactive role in trade policy making and implementation.

Programme Governance and Sector Policy Review: A program governance structure and a development partner coordination mechanism are established.

The Nigeria Competitiveness Support Program (NCSP) as the program was christened, aims to improve the competitiveness of the Nigerian economy in the non-oil related sectors, thereby creating job and reducing poverty. To this end, the program supports: effective management of trade policy and trade facilitation through strengthened Trade Support Institution, an improved business and investment environment through regulatory reforms and the establishment of National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) to improve the quality of products and services and enhance the level of protection for consumer rights.

Nigeria Development Strategy has identified quality infrastructure as a panacea for real development. Quality of infrastructure is generally understood to be the totality of the institutional framework (public and private) required to establish and implement standardization, metrology (scientific, industrial and legal) accreditation and conformity assessment services (inspection, testing and product and system certification) necessary to provide acceptable evidence that products and services meet defined requirement, be it demanded by authorities or the market place.

Conclusion:

By way of conclusion, this is indeed another policy that will be expected to run through 2017. The world is watching!!! CISLAC can continue to be a partner for progress by setting up a monitoring instrument that would provide a review of impact on a periodic basis.

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