EQO-NIXUS has been contracted by the European Union under the European Development Project REG/FED/022-667 to support the Ethiopian Standards Agency (ESA) and the Ethiopian Conformity Assessment Enterprise (ECAE) in provision of Ethiopia’s Quality Infrastructure for facilitation of trade.

The purpose of the project is to enhance the understanding of the WTO TBT and Trade Facilitation Agreements among the quality infrastructure institutions and to strengthen the capacity of ESA and ECAE.

EQO-NIXUS will conduct a situation analysis to identify the major challenges, constraints and specific capacity building needs of the ESA and ECAE for future implementation of the WTO Agreements. It will further build the capacity of ESA in development and harmonization of national standards, and the existing capacity of ECAE in the delivery of testing, inspection, and certification.

A team of experts is already in the field in Ethiopia, where the project will be entirely implemented until its closure in January 2017.