Trade boost for Egypt through EU support on standards

July 6, 2017
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European and Egyptian officials this week celebrated the successful completion of the EU-Egypt twinning project on ‘Building the Capacity of the Egyptian National Institute of Standards (NIS) in the field of Metrology’.

“Twinnings like this one will help bringing Egypt even closer to Europe, having better access to the European market and attracting more investments and joint ventures to Egypt. Such investments can yield benefits to the Egyptian society at large through expansion of the economy and creation of jobs,” said EU Head of Delegation to Egypt Ambassador Ivan Surkoš.

The ambassador pointed out that investing in the functioning of the national quality infrastructure is a valuable way of strengthening the competitiveness of the economy and facilitating trade. “According to estimates, at least 80% of world trade is affected by standards or regulations. If no sound measurement system is in place, these regulations and standards may become a technical barrier to trade, which may lead to increased costs, inhibit the free flow of goods, or require repeated testing,” he added.

The EU-funded twinning project helped in writing a new metrology law which harmonizes with EU best practices. During the two-year implementation of the project, the capabilities of NIS laboratories have been enhanced though raising capacity in measurement, quality management, marketing, and public relations.


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EU Delegation to Egypt

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