Connect with us


Quality products key to sustaining MSMEs, says UNIDO chief



NAN)  Mr Jean Bakole, Regional Director of the UN Industrial Organisation (UNIDO) says that production of quality products remains key to the sustenance of  Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

blogger outreach west elm news naij

Bakole made the statement on Thursday at the 2nd project awareness dissemination event of strengthening the capacities of local to produce high quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and healthcare-related products, held in Lagos.

news naij

He said that the objective of the project was to ensure that MSMEs produced high quality products and also remained in business.

news naij

The UNIDO chief added that the project was also to ensure that the future of young people was secured, noting that MSMEs were crucial in economic growth.

”MSMEs constitute a big pillar in which any economy can stand, and production of quality products is important.

“We would like to see the ownership of the MSMEs grow beyond local consumption and also link them to international markets.

“About 162 MSMEs were selected for this project out of about 5,000 that applied and we are working to see the number of products to help project the products.

“We need to think outside the box in order to help the MSMEs.”
Bakole lauded the European Union (EU) for funding the project, saying that the support of the union was fundamental for the MSME project.

Also, Ms Samuela Isopi, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, said that the EU supported the project to help MSMEs produce PPEs to international standards.

Isopi was represented by Ms Cecile Tassin-Pelzer, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Nigeria.

She explained that the project was funded by the EU with 50 million euros through the basket fund to support 73 per cent of laid-off staff, due to COVID-19.
Tassin-Pelzer added that the project was also to help create decent jobs that would focus on women and youths, noting that women and youths were mostly affected by the pandemic.

“We are moving together closely.

We are also pleased with the support and the cooperation with UN agencies and government in ensuring that the project progressed to this level.

“The EU will always partner and work with Nigeria, and we look forward to seeing sustainability and benefits in Nigeria,” she said.

Speaking also, Miss Vanasa Phala, the Country Director of ILO, described the project as timely.

She said that MSMEs contributed to job creation and that it was imperative to support the institution to enable them sustain their businesses beyond the project.

Phala emphasized the need to support the institution so that beyond the project, they would be able to sustain their businesses.

She, however, lauded the EU for being in the fore-front of supporting the project.

Also, Malam Farouk Salim, Director-General of the Standards Organisations of Nigeria, said that MSMEs were critical segment of the economy.

Salim, who was represented by Mr Ayodele Omotosho, Deputy Director, Laboratories and Chemicals in the organisation, said that development of the sector would contribute to economic growth.

He pointed out that production of quality products by MSMEs remained key in sustaining their businesses.

Salim, however, assured of the organisation’s commitment and readiness to collaborate with UNIDO and other UN partners.

Otumba Francis Meshioye, the Director-General of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), lauded UNIDO for the event, describing the project as apt and commendable.

He lauded other UN agencies for their contributions, while also appreciating the EU for funding the project.

Meshioye pledged the commitment of MAN to supporting UNIDO in the manufacturing sector interventions.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

trt hausa youtube shortner Vimeo downloader