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Ethiopia: African Producers Urged to Comply With Quality StandardsThursday, September 25, 2014 > 09:49:26
According to the African Union Commission, Africa's enrollment in the global market is less than three percent.
Because of standard and quality problems, the continent is mainly engaged in exporting raw materials.
African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) is among sub-regional bodies established to enhance Africa's share in the global market through securing qualities and standards of African products and services.
The Cooperation is holding its fifth general assembly in Addis Ababa to look ways to improve intra-trade and Africa's enrolment in the international market.
Speaking at the meeting, State Minster of Science and Technology and chairman of the National Accreditation Council stated that the national accreditation office is working at its best to enhance competitiveness of products and services from Ethiopia.
He said African countries should support African accreditation cooperation for the safety of their citizens and to speed up the ongoing development in the continent.
Nadir Merah, Head of Trade Department at the African Union Commission noted the export trade of the continent should focus on value addition to its natural resources.
AFRAC is one of the four pillars of the pan-African quality infrastructure established by NEPAD to increase intra-African trade, and to improve the competitiveness of African goods and services, among others.