Reducing barriers to trade

Project description

Title: Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Country: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico
Lead executing agency: Brazil: Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC); China: Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), General Administration of Customs (GACC), Standardisation Administration (SAC); India: Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (MoCAF&PD); Indonesia: Ministry of Industry (MoI) and Ministry of Trade (MoT); Mexico: Ministry of Economy (SE)
Overall term: 2017 to 2023


Quality infrastructure is a key component of international trade facilitation. It comprises the areas of metrology, standardisation, conformity assessment and accreditation, as well as market surveillance and product safety. Well-coordinated quality infrastructure is essential for domestic markets to operate. They also need international recognition to gain access to foreign markets. 


The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is in political and technical dialogue with Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico. National quality infrastructures are aligned. Technical barriers to trade are reduced for cross-border trade and product safety is enhanced.


BMWi has established the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) to promote the international harmonisation of regulatory and technical requirements for trade. The project supports the implementation of comprehensive political and technical dialogue on the issues of quality infrastructure with selected German trade partners.

Key objectives include reducing technical barriers to trade and enhancing product safety. GPQI brings together decision-makers from responsible ministries and authorities in the partner countries with experts from associations, specialist institutions and businesses. Together they develop solutions for specific problems. 

The jointly agreed measures serve as a basis for the development of an internationally harmonised quality infrastructure for fair, efficient and safe trade. This is reflected in the mutual recognition of technical regulations, standards, testing procedures and quality labels, among other things.

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