“A research delegation of the International Economic Development Group (ODI) is conducting a diagnostic study on the state of trade and investment between Nigeria and the UK.” This was disclosed when a United Kingdom trade delegation made up of Dr. Maximiliano Mendez-Parra, Kingsley Onyeka from ODI along with Ilaria Chesa a Senior Trade Policy Adviser from the UK High Commission paid a study visit to the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Operational Headquarters Lekki, Lagos on a fact finding interaction. “The UK government is passionate about issues that may be impeding access and the growth of trade and investment between the two countries. It is interested in finding solutions for trade issues, production and what products and services Nigeria may require from the UK,” said Mendez – Parra He maintained that meeting SON was very important as “one of the recurrent issues in the whole of the EU and the UK inclusive is that of quality and compliance to standards by Nigerian products especially for supermarkets who require higher standards for products”. Responding, the Director – General SON, Osita Aboloma represented by Director, Standards Development, Chinyere Egwuonwu (Mrs) expressed delight on the ongoing study on barriers to trade and investment between the two countries.
“SON as a Standards body affiliated to international standardisation bodies like the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), Codex Alimentarius Commission, International Electro-Technical Commission (IEC) and other Continental and regional bodies elaborates standards in line with international principles to enhance trade.’
The process, she said includes, adoption, harmonisation and domestication of these standards for implementation in Nigeria.