EU – EGYPT – Twinning Project to Support NIS in the field of Metrology Kicks off
Cairo, 12 November 2015
By: Mohamed Adel
The European Union (EU)-Twinning project “Building the Capacity of the Egyptian National Institute for Standards (NIS) in the field of Metrology” will kick-off on 12 November 2015. The launching event is organized under the auspices of H.E. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr Ashraf Al-Shehhi and H.E. Ministry of International Cooperation, Dr. Sahar Nasr in the presence of stakeholders: concerned ministries, concerned conformity assessment and standardisation bodies, market control authorities and representatives from academic institutions, industry and trade and the private sector.
Ambassador, Mr James Moran, EU Head of Delegation to Egypt and H.E. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr Ashraf Al-Shehhi and Ambassador Gamal Bayoumi, Secretary General SAAP-PAO - Ministry of International Cooperation will be addressing the kick-off event. Several issues will be highlighted during the event such as: the need for access to reliable laboratory results, opportunity to liberalise and expand EU-Egypt trade relations and future steps towards concluding an Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of industrial products (ACAA) among the parties. This would result in prosperous trade and industry relations. The EU is Egypt’s main trade partner.
The EU-Twinning project, worth EUR 1,100,000, will be implemented by a consortium of EU Member State institutions; British Standards Institution - UK, National Measurement and Regulation Office - UK, National Physics Laboratory - UK, National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB), Czech Metrology Institute (CMI) and Northern Ireland Co-Operation Overseas (NI-CO) within 24 months. More than 430 man-days from British, German and Czech experts are foreseen within the framework of the project.
Support in writing a new metrology law which harmonises with EU best practices accompanied by an information campaign is one of the project’s main results in addition to a national metrology infrastructure for scientific, industrial and legal metrology which is also foreseen. Best practices in quality management, marketing, and public relations capacity of NIS is expected to be strengthened. The NIS laboratories increased capability in measurement is also foreseen. Egyptian experts will be attending training, workshops, roundtables and short visits to Europe as part of the project. This would enhance NIS's opportunities to contribute more fully to the quality infrastructure and the quality standards of priority sector industrial products in Egypt.