DAkkS supports EU project to strengthen Namibia’s quality infrastructure
In a project planned for two years, Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS) together with other German and Swedish specialist institutions will support the expansion of Namibia’s opportunities to participate in the international trading system. In particular, the project will strengthen the ability of the Namibian Standards Institute (NSI) to act to promote the harmonisation of national standards with European and international standards.
After participating successfully in an invitation to tender of the European Union, the German-Swedish consortium, which is supported by DAkkS, was awarded the contract for project support at the end of October 2021. The project, which starts in February 2022, has two main priorities: on the one hand, its goal is to strengthen the relevant institutions of Namibia’s quality infrastructure while on the other, it will seek to focus on ensuring quality and standardisation in the areas of standardi-sation, accreditation and conformity assessment. DAkkS will contribute its expertise for the pur-poses of the second focal point in particular, supporting the integration of Namibian products into the international trading system through assured and tested quality. Among the services it will pro-vide are training courses for the accreditation and conformity assessment sector in Namibia.
Competent partners in the consortium
DAkkS will support the project as part of a German-Swedish consortium including representatives of other institutions from both countries: from Germany, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), the Federal Office of Consum-er Protection and Food Safety (BVL) and the National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB), and from Sweden, the Swedish Institute for Standards (SIS), the National Board of Trade and the Swe-dish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (SWEDAC).
For many years, DAkkS has been successfully involved in EU-funded Twinning projects and also in selected bilateral technical cooperation projects at international level. The focus of the cooperation projects is on the transfer of knowledge, and on the expansion of technical competence in the area of accreditation. In this context, DAkkS was and is active in countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.