THE minister of trade and industrialisation, Lucia Iipumbu, launched the European Union (EU) twinning project in Windhoek today.
Iipumbu said the two-year project aims to boost the Namibia Standards Institution's (NSI) capacity to carry out its mandate to increase Namibia's involvement in international trade.
She said the first EU twinning project in sub-Saharan Africa is jointly implemented by a consortium of eight German and Swedish institutes, with experience in trade policy, technical regulations, food standardisation and more.
Iipumbu said the NSI and the ministry of trade are the project's primary beneficiaries.
EU ambassador to Namibia Sinikka Antila said this is a special concept by the EU to enhance institutional collaboration between public administration in the EU and beneficiary or partners nations.
“Through peer- to- peer operations, twinning programmes combine the public sector expertise of the EU members and recipient countries to provide concrete and mandatory operation outcomes,” she said.
The twinning team is part of the economic partnership agreement implementation plan for Namibia, valued at 1,6 million euros.
Sophie is an editorial intern at The Namibian.