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Emerging Issues in Developing Countries
This series seeks to inform readers, explore new ideas, and promote discussion on themes related to developing countries and emerging analytical communities. Articles in this series are available from <www.iupac.org/publications/ci/indexes/emerging-issues.html>.
of Analytical Approaches and Analytical
Capacity-Building in Africa
Robert Maybury, Walter Benson, and David Moore
World Bank book entitled Standards and Global Trade:A Voice
for Africa (edited by John S. Wilson and Victor O. Abiola;
ISBN 0-8213-5473-6) reports that trade can be a powerful driver
of a countrys growth, but in many African countries
there are severe barriers to exporting commodities. One such
barrier is the poor performance of many African laboratories
when testing commodities for export. For a commodity to be
exported, its levels of pesticide, heavy metal residue, and
other contaminants must be determined through analytical tests.
The results of this testing must not only comply with various
international standards,but the accuracy and reliability of
the results must also be accepted internationally. Yet, few
testing laboratories in Africa are able to obtain such trustworthy
project of the International Organization for Chemical Sciences
in Development (IOCD)*in collaboration with IUPAC and
several other international partners is assisting analytical
laboratories in Africa, initially in Uganda and Kenya, with
upgrading their performance in testing export commodities.
> full text (pdf-99KB).
May-June 2002 CI
For the project announcement, see Mar-Apr
2005 CI or <www.iupac.org/projects/2004/2004-017-1-500.html>.
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