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September 28, 2017

Mesopartner @ Work

Facilitation skills to promote quality African value chains

Mesopartner supports the Technical Cooperation of the National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB) in the user-orientation of National Quality Infrastructure in developing and emerging countries. An important tool to sensitise private sector stakeholder of selected value chains in the CALIDENA methodology.

In July 2017, Dr Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke of Mesopartner, has facilitated the first training for CALIDENA facilitators in Africa. In cooperation with the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and the Exporter Association (FAGE), thirteen professionals from Ethiopia and Ghana were trained in the methodology.

In the following month pilot applications are planned within projects of PTB technical cooperation in the mango value chain in Ghana and in the wheat value chain in Ethiopia.

It is expected that the cooperation between private and public stakeholders around a product helps to enhance collaboration, identify gaps in the existing offer of quality-related services and strengthen finally competitiveness for key sectors of the national economies. 

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