The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), a member of the GFSP Governing Council, is supporting the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to upgrade its National Quality Infrastructure (NQI), which will help to increase export competitiveness, stimulate trade and export-led growth, and foster the development of value-added food products and the diversification of export market opportunities.
UNIDO, with funding from the Government of Norway is supporting the country to strengthen infrastructure services such as accreditation, standardization, metrology, calibration. This will be accomplished through the development of a National Quality Policy, provision of sustainable laboratory testing and quality assurance services, and enhancement of inspection capacities.
The project also aims to help food processing enterprises meet international standards required by global food supply chains.
UNIDO works closely with the national stakeholders at different levels:
UNIDO is currently engaged with the government of Myanmar FAO, the World Bank Group, International Finance Corporation, and local and international retailers to formulate a second, large-scale phase of the project. This will include a comprehensive Sustainable Supplier Development Program to support many small and medium producers through their integration into the local and regional supply chains.
Thanks to UNIDO, a member of the GFSP Governing Council, for this contribution.
Picture: A Myanmar food safety team at work in a beans export company