Quality Infrastructure and Trade

A ten training module online course. It starts by giving an introduction to the international trading system, elaborates on the elements of the Quality Infrastructure System, and touches upon cross-cutting matters, e.g. good governance, sustainability and gender mainstreaming.


SDG9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
SDG17: Partnerships for the goals
SDG 17: Trade
Trade, quality and standardization
industrial development
quality infrastructure

Trade has long been recognized as a potential engine for growth and wealth creation. Yet, many countries continue to face supply-side capacity and trade related infrastructure constraints which can inhibit their ability to compete on international markets. A Quality Infrastructure System is a catalyst for improving the quality of products and services on a national scale. It therefore helps to stimulate demand for these products and services, which invigorates individual businesses and the economy as a whole. By helping national industry to meet the requirements of export markets, a Quality Infrastructure System increases the competitiveness of the nation’s economy and its ability to participate in global trade and in value chains. It is therefore essential for every economy to understand the quality infrastructure system, its elements, interrelations and how they contribute to the bigger picture. In recent years it has become clear that a well-implemented Quality Infrastructure System contributes to governmental policy objectives in areas other than trade of products and services, including industrial development, efficient use of natural and human resources, food safety, health, the environment, climate change, and other topics that are included in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Target Audience

• Policy makers

• Technical staff of standardization bodies, metrology institutes and accreditation bodies

• Enterprises

• Consumers

Learning Objectives

Based on a solid analysis of trade challenges and opportunities, the UNIDO online training course on Quality Infrastructure and Trade is designed for encouraging trade development along value chains. The training seeks to promote systemic quality infrastructure development that is based on market needs and promotes inclusive and sustainable industrial development.