Nigeria has increased international demand for its manufacturing, services and agriculture outputs, by training small and medium sized enterprises in export standards for the UK and EU, and developing a respected quality accreditation system.
Diversifying Nigeria's economy via export skills and quality infrastructure
Maximising international trade by training exporters in standards and certifications and strengthening national quality infrastructure.
Building skills to encourage investment and improve the business climate
Overcoming Nigeria's quality issues to diversify and strengthen their economy
Limited capacity to meet technical standards and quality requirements meant Nigerian SMEs faced challenges accessing international markets.
With the value of oil exports set to tumble, it was vital to close the skills gap and create a strong national quality infrastructure with the capacity to improve goods and services and remove barriers to international trade.
Success would mean rebalancing the economy through more growth in the manufacturing and services sectors, and reviving agriculture.
A stronger quality infrastructure, and training for a new generation of leaders
Experts from BSI’s International Projects (IP) team were brought in to launch a National Quality Infrastructure Graduate Fellowship Program (NQI-GF), to transform the skill base of Nigeria’s quality infrastructure system and develop its future leaders.
In collaboration with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), BSI also provided a programme of technical but interactive training for SME exporters, covering international export requirements, standards and certification measures for exports to UK and EU markets.
Improved talent pipeline and a more resilient economy
Our two projects have strengthened Nigeria’s quality infrastructure, developing Nigeria’s future leaders and helping businesses to increase exports.
There are 41 million SMEs in Nigeria, for whom it's vital to access the billions of pounds in annual trade with markets such as the UK.
of SMEs reached in the programme were women owned
worth of total trade in goods and services between UK and Nigeria (year to June 2019)
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